This caramelized apple recipe will be your go-to the next time you need an easy-to-make delicious dessert or sweet topping in a hurry.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 3tablespoons butter (unsalted)
- 5crisp apples (Jonagold, Crispin, Honeycrisp; peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
- 1tablespoon plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (divided)
- ½teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼teaspoon lemon zest
- ⅓cup apple cider (homemade or store-bought)
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (as needed)
- Optional: 1 teaspoon water
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Step 3Add the apples to the pan and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
Step 4Sauté the apples, frequently stirring, for 6 to 8 minutes until they just begin to turn tender. Be careful not to overcook, or the apples will begin to fall apart and become mushy.
Step 5Sprinkle the apples with the remaining sugar, the 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.
Step 6Transfer the apples with a slotted spoon from the skillet to a serving bowl.
Step 7Turn the heat up to high and add the apple cider to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits.
Step 8Reduce the heat slightly and allow the cider and the pan juices to simmer for 1 to 3 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
Step 9If you want a thicker sauce, dissolve the cornstarch in a teaspoon of water and stir the slurry into the sauce. Cook the sauce for a few minutes, allowing it to thicken. Taste before serving to make sure the cornstarch is cooked through; if not it will have a raw, grainy, unpleasant taste.
Step 10Pour the finished sauce over the warm apples and serve immediately.