There are four things I love about this recipe:
- It’s great on top of basically anything… or even by itself.
- My family and guests love it and obviously don’t notice the lack of added sugar. Yes, that includes my hubby, and he is hard to please when it comes to sweets!
- It is a way to use up any unloved apples (or really, almost any fruit) I have lying around getting old.
- Usually I have heaps left over for another time and I can use it as a guilt-free sweet snack throughout the week or for the filling of an apple pie for guests.
That’s all. Now you have ample reason to make it and you should go ahead and make it, obviously.
Simple Cinnamon Fried Apples
6-8 medium apples or pears, cored and cut into eighths. Note: if you dislike the texture of the peel, then also peel them – I leave it on for added fibre. Pears add extra sweetness.
1 cup frozen berries (optional, I’ve used raspberries and blackberries)
3 tsp cinnamon (or according to taste – in my books you can never have enough cinnamon!)
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
pinch of sea salt
maple syrup/honey/natural sweetener, to taste (optional, I don’t usually use it)
1. Fill a medium large saucepan half way up with water and put on high heat.
2. Add the apples (and berries if you choose to at this point), cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla essence and sea salt. If the water doesn’t cover the apples, add a enough to cover them.
3. Place the lid on (I do this at a slight angle to avoid over boiling), bring to the boil and then turn down to a low/medium heat (the water should still be bubbling slightly).
4. Cook apples until a fork can go through them easily, then remove all but about a cup of the water (You can drink this – I usually do!).
5. Place back on the stove on a medium heat, and cook until the water is mostly evaporated and the mixture has reached a thicker consistency (will take longer with berries).
6. Remove from heat. Preheat a frying pan or griddle on a medium heat and grease with a tbsp of coconut oil.
7. Take a cup of the apple mixture and place on griddle, along with an extra tsp of cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup (if that is what you decide). Fry for 2-4 minutes, allowing the cinnamon and maple to mix through and the apples to caramelize slightly.
8. Repeat step 7 to have more fried apples, or place the remainder in the fridge to use for later.