Apple season is here, and there are bunches of apples ready to be picked. Apple cobblers, apple sauce, apple cider, apple muffins, candy apples… there are so many delicious options for the abundance of apples! One morning an apple pie craving hit and I decided to try a simplified twist on classic apple pie.
It was only about 8 a.m., and making an entire apple pie was not an option. I essentially decided to create a simple apple pie filling and used it to top my homemade buttermilk waffles. The following is an “un-recipe” as it’s not precisely exact, but more of a general guide.
Note: 1 apple yields about 2 servings (enough topping for two).
Apple Pie topping via Little Life of Mine (used for waffles, pancakes, French toast, oatmeal)
- 1 green apple; peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Sprinkle to taste: cinnamon
- Dash: ground nutmeg
1. Peel and core your apples. Slice apples to your bite preference. I like to cut my apple into quarters and then 1/4 inch slices. It’s the perfect bite-sized piece. Note that size of your apple slices will dictate how long you’ll cook them. A slightly thicker cut will require longer cooking time, about 30 seconds more.
2. On medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter to a 10-12 inch skillet. Add sliced apples. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes until apples are tender. For best taste, they should still have a bite to them and not be mushy. Remember to watch the apples based on the thickness of the slices.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, sprinkle cinnamon to taste, and a light dash of nutmeg to the apples. Mix thoroughly. Saute a few seconds to heat the spices and melt the sugar. Once heated through, the combination of the sugar and butter will create a tiny bit of delicious sauce.
4. Remove from heat and spoon onto the breakfast of your choice. Best when served warm. Don’t forget the whipped cream!
Note: While 1 tablespoon of butter is suggested for the first apple, decrease it to 1/2 tablespoon of butter with the addition of each apple you make. For example, 2 apples will require 1 and a half tablespoons of butter, 3 apples need 2 tablespoons butter, etc. The same applies for the brown sugar.
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s baby friendly! Cooking down the apples make them soft enough for baby to enjoy sans teeth. Just be sure that the pieces are small enough to avoid a choking hazard.