Sunday, March 18, 2012

Simple Cinnamon Apples

This is one of those recipes - you start with things that are good all by themselves, and they come together into something more than the sum of its parts.  Better yet, it's a recipe that many enjoyed as a kid - childhood comfort food.  Cinnamon apples are just wonderful - sweet, spicy, and nostalgic.  And did I mention they're easy?  Make them today!

Here's all you need: apples, a bit of butter, some brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg.  That's it!  You probably have all of these things in your pantry right now, so there's no excuse not to get started on this recipe.

Apple-wise, I used Golden Delicious to great results.  These can also be really nice with something more tart like a Granny Smith.  Really, any apple will work, so try a range and see which you like best.  Do it for science!

First, peel and slice your apples.  I like slices about 1/2 inch thick so that the finished product doesn't go all to mush.

With the apples slices in a large mixing bowl, toss with cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla until all of the slices are coated.

In a large skillet, melt a tablespoon or two of butter over medium heat.  Add the coated apples and 2-3 tablespoons of water and cook, stirring every minute or two.  You'll need somewhere between 8 and 12 minutes of cooking, all told, depending on the thickness of the apples and how soft you like them.

That's it!  Wasn't that easy?

Serve warm alongside just about anything, or just as a snack by themselves.  Be ready to eat more than you thought you would and dejectedly realize that they're all gone.  You'll want to make another batch soon!

Recipe: Simple Cinnamon Apples
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 15 Minutes | Difficulty: Easy | Servings: 4-6

  • 6 medium Apples
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Water

  1. Peel and slice apples and place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to bowl of sliced apples and toss to coat.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add coated apple slices to skillet, add water, and cook 8-12 minutes until tender, stirring often.
  5. Serve warm.

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