Recipe by Cucina Casalingo
These caramelized apples are meant to be slightly sweet, not overpowering and sugary, so they’re versatile in nature. Spicy-tart and thoroughly warming, these apples are a fabulous addition to crepes or homemade ice cream. They’re equally at home as an unexpected garnish for mildly spicy grilled chicken or a tropical menu from Martinique. Cook’s note: For a delicious “cheater” dessert, fill a store-bought tart shell with these apples. With the homemade goodness of the apples and apple cider reduction sauce, nobody will guess your secret!
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 5 spicy-sweet crisp apples (Jonagold, Crispin, Honeycrisp)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1⁄3 cup apple cider
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cornstarch, as needed
Directions See How It's Made
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the apples to the pan and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
- Sauté the apples, stirring frequently, for 6-8 minutes, until they just start to turn tender.
- Sprinkle the apples with the remaining sugar, cinnamon, and lemon zest.
- Toss the mixture gently and cook over medium heat for an additional 2 minutes, until the sugar begins to caramelize and the apples are crisp-tender.
- Transfer the apples from the skillet to a serving bowl with a slotted spoon.
- Turn the heat to high and add the apple cider to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits.
- Reduce the heat slightly and allow the cider and the pan juices to simmer for 1-3 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
- If you desire a thicker sauce, dissolve the cornstarch in a teaspoon of water, stir it into the sauce, and allow it to thicken for a moment.
- Pour the finished sauce over the warm apples and serve immediately.