This recipe for Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins is perfect for Autumn Weekends. Sweet, tender muffins full of applesauce flavor and cinnamon spices. It reminds me of a recipe I made when I was a girl in my first year of 4-H cooking, baking with my …
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(Recipe Slightly Modified on 9/21/21)
Fried Apples are so delicious! The first time I tried them was with our oldest daughter at a Cracker Barrel in Topeka, Kansas. We had just been on a college visit to K-State and were returning home. It was an autumn day and cold. Comfort food sounded good. It was a fun mother and daughter time.
This recipe reminds me of that day. Good memories.
Fried Apples are Comfort Food
But what are fried apples? Are they a side dish? A salad? Or dessert? At Cracker Barrel, they are listed under side dishes.
And why are they called fried? You don’t fry them. They are simmered in juice.
Well, never mind all of that. They are simply comfort food. And that’s all you need to know.
Ingredients Needed to Make This Recipe
- apple juice
- Fuji apples (4 large apples)
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
- fresh nutmeg (for topping)
Instructions for Making this Recipe
Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Slice and core the apples. I like to leave the peel for added color and nutrition.
In a medium skillet, combine 1 1/3 cups apple juice and the sliced apples.
If desired, you may substitute apple cider for the apple juice, which would give the apples even more flavor. Fresh apple cider would be even better!
Simmer on medium-low heat until the apples are fork tender but not mushy, stirring frequently, about 15-18 minutes. Remove apples from juice and place in oven safe bowl to keep warm.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the remaining 1/3 cups apple juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and allspice. Whisk together until smooth.
Stir this mixture into the hot apple juice and cook in skillet, stirring constantly to a rolling boil until smooth and thickened. Add butter and stir in until melted.
Pour sauce over apples and serve warm. If desired, sprinkle fresh nutmeg over each serving. This recipe will serve 4-6 people.
What Kind of Apples?
When choosing what kind of apple to use, you want a variety that is firm and will hold together. Not one that will turn mushy when cooked. For this recipe, I used Fuji. It’s a good apple for baking and is sweet and juicy. You could also go with Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, or maybe even a Jonathan. Or mix it up and do half sweet and half tart, like Granny Smith.
I like making Fried Apples in my cast iron skillet. Because of that, they also remind me of something a cowboy might eat, so you could also call it chuck wagon food!
Which is exactly what I did one year when I invited our family and church over for a Country Chuck Wagon Dinner.
- 4 medium Fuji apples cored and sliced
- 1 2/3 cups apple juice divided
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 3 tablespoons butter
- nutmeg freshly grated for serving
- Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
- Slice and core the apples. I like to leave the peel on for added color and vitamins.
- In a medium skillet, combine 1 1/3 cups apple juice and the sliced apples. Cook on medium-low heat until the apples are fork tender but not mushy, stirring frequently, about 15-18 minutes. Remove apples from juice and place in a glass bowl or serving dish.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/3 cups apple juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and allspice. Whisk together until smooth.
- Stir this mixture into the hot apple juice and cook in skillet on medium-high heat, stirring constantly to a rolling boil until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat.
- Add butter and stir in until melted. Pour sauce over apples and serve warm. If desired, sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg over each serving. Serves 4-6.
This Chocolate Applesauce Cake recipe comes from my Grandma Swiler, and is a family favorite.
I remember many times, going over to my grandma’s house and seeing this cake on her table, just waiting for company. My daughters can probably say the same thing about their grandma. And I’m sure my grandchildren will say the same thing about me. It’s a family favorite.
The cake is lightly flavored with chocolate (with only two tablespoons of cocoa), and applesauce. The vegetable shortening gives it a nice rise. And then there is the topping.
Chopped Nuts + Chocolate Chips + Sugar
One of the sweet things about this recipe is the chocolate nut topping. Use either pecans or English walnuts. Both work well. It’s so easy to toss together. No frostings to worry about. And yet, it’s still delicious. As it bakes, it forms this sugary crust that is simply scrumptious.
Ingredients Needed to Make Chocolate Applesauce Cake
- granulated sugar
- vegetable shortening
- large eggs
- vanilla extract
- cinnamon applesauce
- all-purpose flour
- baking cocoa
- baking soda
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- chopped pecans or English walnuts
- granulated sugar
A Note About Chocolate Chips
Any semi-sweet chocolate chips (or bittersweet) will work for this recipe. I like to use a quality brand, such as Ghirardelli or Nestle.
Instructions for Making This Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To begin, gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Chop the pecans or English walnuts. I like to use a food chopper for this, but you could also use a Chef’s knife and cutting board.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the granulated sugar and vegetable shortening. Add to this the large eggs, vanilla extract and applesauce.
I like to use homemade applesauce, if I have it in my freezer. But if not, I’ve found that Musselman's makes a chunky applesauce that I really like.
In a small bowl sift together the all-purpose flour, baking cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and beat until combined.
Pour mixture into greased oblong cake pan. Top with chopped nuts. Sprinkle chocolate chips over cake and then the granulated sugar. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. This cake serves 16-20 people.
Serve Chocolate Applesauce Cake with a big glass of milk. Or with vanilla ice cream, which is my husband’s favorite.
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Chocolate Applesauce Cake
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cups chopped pecans or English walnuts
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Using a food chopper, chop your pecans or English walnuts.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening. Add eggs, vanilla extract and chunky applesauce.
- In a small bowl sift together the all-purpose flour, baking cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and beat until combined.
- Pour mixture into a greased oblong cake pan. Top with chopped nuts. Sprinkle chocolate chips over cake and then sugar. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick in center comes out clean. Serves 16-20.
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This Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble is a delicious dessert to make for your family this spring. Filled with fresh or frozen strawberries, rhubarb, and apples, then topped with a cinnamon oat crumble, it’s warm and sweet, and delightful with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This recipe for Irish Apple-Raisin Slab Pie is one our family loves. Filled with tart apples, sweet raisins, and a healthy dose of Irish Cream sauce nestled inside a rustic pastry crust. It’s so good. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it becomes even better. A perfect dessert to celebrate the Irish, especially if you have a liking for Irish Cream. Continue reading Irish Apple-Raisin Slab Pie
I like to make Cranberry Muffins with Black Walnuts during the holidays. They make great gifts for your loved ones, especially those on your list who enjoy eating black walnuts.