Apple Topping for Pancakes, Waffles & Such

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by winkki

A cinnamon-y fruit topping that tastes great over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, etc. From the Black Dog Inn B&B in Estes Park, Colorado. Mix and match different kinds of apples for a more robust flavor. Also good with a few raisins or dried cranberries thrown in; just make sure to add a little more water or juice to allow them to plump up enough.

Top Review by Bookworm M

I thought that this was wonderful and was exactly what I was looking for. I live overseas where it isn't possible to get pancake syrup (or the common ingredients for making your own). I have been trying to find something yummy to put on pancakes using local ingredients. I used apple juice rather than orange juice. Also, I found that the topping wasn't as thick as I wanted so I added 1 tbsp of cornstarch (mixed with 1 tbsp of cold water) after the apples were softened and continued to cook the mixture uncovered until it thickened. Absolutely delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place all ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until apples are tender, approx 15-20 minutes. Add more water as needed while simmering.
  3. Softened apples can be left chunky or processed in a blender for a smoother sauce.
  4. Return to pan and add brandy as desired.
  5. When ready to serve on pancakes, re-heat and top with applesauce and whipped cream.

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