Fried Apples - Taste Like Caramel Apples!
Coleen - the Frugal Food Editor
(Caramelize Fried Apples for Breakfast and Dessert)
Frying Apples to Caramelize
Fried apples, caramelized with a drizzle of pancake syrup and a little butter. Yum! My husband likes something sweet for breakfast. These fried apples taste like caramel apples!
Fried apples are easy to do and they are thrifty! I usually check the reduced priced produce bin for apples. Any kind will work. These on the picture are Gala and Red Delicious, because that's what was marked down the day I shopped. If they have a bruise or blemish, it's okay, just cut it away. If you have your own apple trees -- lucky you!
Here's how I make these caramel fried apples:
Wash six medium size apples and remove the little label sticker. Quarter the apples. Remove the core and stem. Cut off any bad spots.
Slice the apples into a skillet that is on medium heat. Let the apples cook until the side that is cooking starts to brown. Flip them over with a pancake turner. Sprinkle with cinnamon. If you don't like cinnamon, you don't have to use it, but we like the extra flavor it adds, and besides, cinnamon is good for us. Let them cook for a while, occasionally flipping or gently stirring them.
When the apples have softened, they are about done. Drizzle on pancake syrup. Use about two tablespoons, total. You can also use pure maple syrup, those pancake syrup is cheaper. Add a few small pats of butter, about one tablespoon. Gently flip the apples to coat with the syrup and butter.
Serve hot with breakfast.
I usually serve fried apples for breakfast with oatmeal and bacon. Sometimes, we'll have them with sausage and eggs. They are also delicious on top of pancakes or French toast.
Leftover fried caramelized apples can be reheated or served cold. We like them served cold for dessert. Or, reheated and served on vanilla ice cream for a special mid-day snack.