Both incredibly simple and versatile, these vanilla fried apples add a wonderful burst of comforting, delicious flavor to pancakes, yogurt and more. Or simply enjoy the warm fall flavors as they are! This post is sponsored in conjunction with #AppleWeek. I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
I’ve always loved apples, and we get through a lot of them in our house, but having young kids and living in apple-growing country has changed things. Going apple picking has become an annual tradition that we all love.
In fairness, I’m sure the boys enjoy the playing at the farm as much as the actual picking. The farm we generally go to has ride-on tractors, a hay maze and various other things that keep them busy.
That said, my eldest has become a pro apple picker and my younger son is quickly picking up the skills. They fill up our bag in record time and with perfect specimens. Then they do a good job getting though the apples in the weeks that follow.
Most of the time, they just eat the apples as they are, but we do also cook with them. I put them in pancakes often, and my eldest has requested my sour cream apple cake a few times for his birthday. They’ve never really got into apple sauce, but they do like both stewed and fried apples.
What’s so special about vanilla fried apples?
This easy twist on fried apples really takes them up a notch. Vanilla and apples are perfect partners, with the warm flavor of vanilla is just what the gently soft, slightly buttery and sweet apples need. I know, cinnamon might be your go-to flavor, but believe me these are really worth trying instead. And you can always add a little cinnamon on top, too.
I have become pretty used to adding vanilla extract to almost any baking I do, but for this you really want vanilla paste. The flavor is more distinct and you get those lovely flecks of vanilla as well. I received some Taylor and Colledge vanilla paste who are sponsoring Apple Week (see more below for your chance to win prizes!) which worked perfectly.
Your classic Southern fried apples will typically use more butter and sugar than I have here, but for me, this amount works just fine to get the lovely balance of flavors while being that little bit healthier.
Tips for making vanilla fried apples
- Try to cut the apples relatively evenly so that the slices cook at an even pace (you can also dice them, if you prefer).
- Have your lemon and a bowl ready for your apple spices so that you can squeeze on a little lemon juice as you cut them to help prevent browning.
- Warm the butter so that it is just starting to brown before you add the apples. This helps add a little extra flavor.
- Turn the apples regularly as they cook so they cook on all sides.
How would you serve these?
These vanilla fried apples would be perfect on top of pancakes or waffles or served with yogurt. You could add some granola as well to make a kind of breakfast parfait. I tried them with some quinoa and yogurt and they were good that way as well. But really, the flavors are so lovely you could eat them just as they are (and that may have happened with the extra…)
So, save an apple or two and give these vanilla fried apples a try!
Try these other easy apple recipes:
- Apple and cheddar cheese Yorkshire pudding
- Beet apple salad with maple vinaigrette
- Apple banana smoothie
Vanilla fried apples
- 1 apple
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
- Peel, core and slice the apples into even pieces (around 8 slices per half), or dice if you prefer.
- Put the slices of apple in a bowl as you cut them and add the lemon juice, tossing to spread the lemon on to all the pieces.
- Add the vanilla paste and sugar to the apples and toss to mix.
- Warm the butter in a medium-small skillet until just starting to brown. Add the apple slices and cook a few minutes on each side, turning relatively often to ensure they cook evenly. They are ready when they are tender and just starting to brown. Serve warm or room temperature.
Today we are kicking off the 2019 edition of #AppleWeek today to celebrate the produce darling of the season! Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla arranged this incredible event for you and wrangled a group of bloggers to celebrate all things apple. Apples, apples, and more apples!
See all the other apple recipes being shared today:
- Apple Crumb Pie by Savory Moments
- Apple Dumplings by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Apple Oatmeal Muffins by Our Good Life
- Apple Pie Filled Cupcakes by Cookaholic Wife
- Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies by An Affair from the Heart
- Apple-Toffee Oatmeal Cookies by Books n’ Cooks
- Bada Bing Bada Boom: The Easiest Caramel Apples Ever by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Baked Apple Donuts with Caramel Glaze by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Braised Chicken and Apples by Simple and Savory
- Caramel Apple Ice Cream by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls by Cooking with Carlee
- Caramel Apple Scones by Blogghetti
- Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices with Ginger Cookie Sprinkles by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Apple Butterscotch Magic Bars by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice by Snacks and Sips
- Crockpot Caramel Apple Crisp by Tip Garden
- No-Churn Caramel Apple Ice Cream by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Oatmeal Apple Spice Bundt Cake by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Oatmeal Fruit Bars by The Monday Box
- Old-Fashioned Apple Fritters by Palatable Pastime
- Overnight Hazelnut Apple Oatmeal by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Spice Cake by Who Needs a Cape?
- Vegan Apple Almond Pancakes with Apple Maple Syrup by The Baking Fairy
And Camilla, the event host, also lined up some amazing prize packages from our sponsors. Keep reading to see what you can win and enter the rafflecopter below.
A $50 Pre-Paid Visa Gift Card and a shipment of Envy Apples! It’s hard to put into words what makes Envy™ so remarkable, but since it was introduced, Envy™ has emerged as the quintessential apple: beautiful skin, sweet flavor, and bright flesh that remains white even after being cut. Envy™ was born in New Zealand using natural plant-breeding methods, crossing a Braeburn with a Royal Gala apple. After that, a handpicked team of talented growers, planted trees in regions perfect for growing Envy™, such as New Zealand, Washington state, and Chile where they benefit from long, sun-kissed days and crisp, cool evenings. For more information visit their website.
A six-pack of the brand new Puremade Torani syrups! You’ll get six 750mL glass bottles. This brand new line was Torani’s answer to consumers’ quest for more natural, simpler products. People wanted label transparency and simple ingredients, but still wanted amazing flavor. So, Torani Puremade Syrups were born. Puremade is crafted with the purest ingredients; what you see is exactly what you get…with no artificial flavors or colors. They are the perfect balance of flavor to sweetness. For more information visit their website.
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An assortment of products and a branded reusable tote bag! Nairn’s knows a thing or two about oats – they’ve been baking with them since 1896 when John and Sarah Nairn first opened their bakery in Strathaven, Lanarkshire. The company’s aim is the same now as it has always been: to make tasty, wholesome food that is as simple and natural as possible using the best ingredients we can. For more information visit their website.
Prize Pack #8 from Flahavan’s
Three packages of oats, a branded mason jar for overnight oats, and a headband! Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal is sustainably grown and milled in Waterford County, Ireland by the Flahavan’s family…and has been since 1785. The first family connection to the Flahavan’s name can be traced back to about 1785 when Thomas Dunn took over the mill. Dunn was the great-great-great-grandfather of John Flahavan who is the Managing Director of the company today. They have sourced the finest oats from the same Irish farming families for generations. The oats are milled in small batches and minimally processed according to an over two centuries’ old milling tradition and double kilned. They are non-GMO and naturally gluten-free. For more information visit their website.
A knife and an apple corer! Since 1951, Zyliss has been creating kitchen tools and gadgets to meet the growing need of cooks and consumers across the globe. Behind every Zyliss kitchen tool is belief is that all Zyliss products should not only do a brilliant job, simply and efficiently, but also make customers smile every time they use them. With over 60 years’ experience in designing quality food preparation tools and gadgets, it is easy to see why Zyliss has become an internationally recognized brand that is respected by everyday cooks as well as gourmet chefs. For more information visit their website.
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