Fall means apples! There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly picked apples, and picking apples yourself is a great way to enjoy the fall. Whether you’re lucky enough to live near a U-Pick apple operation or have to get your apples from the grocery store, this apple pie crepe filling makes a delicious breakfast or dessert option.
When selecting apples for this recipe, don’t be shy about mixing and matching. Use three or four of your favorite crispy varieties to create a complex flavor medley! Avoid naturally soft, mealy apples, though, like red or golden delicious, because they fall apart too easily when cooked. This apple pie filling is delicious as a fruit compote eaten with a fork, but I designed it as a filling for my easy, foolproof crepe recipe.
- ¼ a cup of light brown sugar (1¾ ounces)
- ½ a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ¼ a teaspoon of ground ginger
- ¼ a teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- A pinch of ground cloves
- A pinch of table salt
- 1½ tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 3 or 4 nice, crisp apples
- ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- Peel, core, and slice your apples. I recommend slicing them medium-thin and then cutting each slice in half 'short ways.' This allows the apples to cook quickly and thoroughly.
- Combine the sugar, spices, and salt in a small bowl.
- Toss the apple chunks in the sugar mixture until they are thoroughly coated.
- Heat the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan and, when the foaming subsides, add the apples and sugar mixture.
- Stir occasionally to slightly brown all sides of the apples.
- Reduce heat to medium low, add the vanilla, stir the apples so they are in a single layer on the pans bottom, and cook until the apples are tender but not mushy, about 7-10 minutes. Stir once every minute or two to ensure they don't burn or stick.
- Once the apples are tender, remove them from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
- Serve with my super easy basic crepes or simply eat the apples with a fork!
How simple is that? This recipe takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish and is the perfect way to mix up your Sunday breakfast routine or have a not too unhealthy dessert. The hardest part is actually peeling, coring, and cutting the apples. I’m a notoriously horrible peeler (my family has always accused me of creating square potatoes when I peel them!). If you peel/cut like me and enjoy apples, you might want to make a modest investment in an apple corer/slicer like this one:
As I’ve already noted above, this makes a great dessert all by itself without crepes! It also goes really well on oatmeal – trust me. =)
What’s your favorite way to enjoy apples? Do you have a very favorite fall produce item?