Monday, September 21, 2009

Fried Apples


Breakfast at dinner is one of my favorite things. I remember when I was a kid, how much I loved it when my mom would start scrambling eggs, cooking fat sausages in our cast iron skillet, flipping pancakes, and making a big pot of fried apples instead of drumming up the usual giant pot of spaghetti. I would peek over the top of the stove and watch the food sizzle on the myriad of skillets arranged on top. The apple slices would be simmered over a low flame with brown sugar and cinnamon until they were deliciously tender and perfectly spiced. They tasted like apple pie without the crust, and it was always a treat when I got to have them as part of my actual dinner.

INTRO Fried Apples

A pat of gluten-free, dairy-free margarine (such as Earth Balance or Smart Balance Light)
5 – 6 apples, cored and peeled, cut into thin slices
2 – 4 tbsp. brown sugar, to taste
½ - 1 tsp. Cinnamon, to taste

Place the butter in a pot and melt over low-medium heat. Add the apples and stir well, then cover to cook for 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon and cover again, cooking over low heat for 20 – 40 more minutes until the apples are very soft. Adjust sugar and cinnamon to your own taste. If the apples are not cooking quickly enough and all of the liquid boils off, add a little boiling water as needed until the apples are soft. Serve immediately as a dessert or as a side for breakfast (at dinner).

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