Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Gooey Warm Apples

Recipe originally from: http://www.mykitchenaddiction.com/

I'm one of those Canadians who loves to go to Cracker Barrel when I'm down in the southern US. I know ... it's the little things that thrill me. But honestly! Who can resist Chicken Fried Chicken with a side of mashed potatoes, I ask you?!?! Mmmm. So not heart healthy but I've just gotta get my Barrel fix!

Anyhoo, my point is .... one of my favourite side dishes whilst supping at the Barrel is their baked apple slices. Oh man. They are gooooood. I found this recipe on a fellow blogger's site that reminded me of said Barrel side dish and my first thought was "Butter my butt and call me a biscuit! I have to share this recipe with all y'all!" (look at me channeling my inner Southerner!).

This is a very easy and quick side dish/dessert to make. In fact, tonight for dinner I made homemade Macaroni and Cheese (with the bread crumb topping, thank you very much) and while we were eating I had the apples cooking on the stove. Served with vanilla ice cream and a rather large dollop of whipped cream ... it was heavenly. Like apple crisp without the .... well, crisp. The sugar mixture turns into a thick syrup and some of the edges of the apples become carmelized and really reminded me of the flavour of apple fritters. Believe me ... I know a good apple fritter! Try this recipe out and let me know what you think!

6 medium apples (I love using MacIntosh apples)
4 tbsp butter (no substitutes)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Core, peel and slice apples.

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Once the mixture begins to bubble, add the sliced apples and raisins, if using. Stir to coat.

Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and the butter mixture reduces to a thick syrup. Serve warm as a side dish or serve with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream for dessert.


Anonymous said...

Ooo, can't wait for the apples to come on so I can try this.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks apples are the perfect compliment to mac and cheese.

Laurie said...

I actually believe that apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg to well with .... anything. ;) I had to hunt down the 6 MacIntosh apples to make this dish. I can't wait for oodles of Macs this fall!

Anonymous said...

You had me with "Gooey Warm Apples"!

Then I saw the photo!

Now I want to eat them. Little BK will be in heaven as it's just like the apple pie without the pie (which he doesn't like)! YUM!

Allison said...

ARGH! I can't quite get the hang of this thing.... that "anon" post is me!

Laurie said...

Allison/Anon, ;)
It is a divine and easy dessert ... plus there's no crust to roll or crisp topping to make. :) Karate Guy was oogling the pan as it was cooking ... needless to say he ate his dinner without complaints that night!

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