Oct 26

Fried Apples Recipe

in Dessert, Fruits & Vegetables, Fuji Favorites

I love apple season because apple season means apple cider, fresh apple sauce, apple curry, and apple desserts.  An apple peeling gadget can be a wonderful thing to have in your kitchen during apple season.  It makes apple sauce and apple pie making a much quicker process.

Recently, I received an e-mail from STARFRIT USA about one of their companies products, the Starfrit Apple Pro-peeler.  I was curious to compare the Starfrit peeler to the Norpro Apple Master which I've been using for years, so I asked Starfrit if they would be willing to send me one to review and then also give one away to one of you and they kindly agreed!  (Giveaway details come later in the post after my review and an apple recipe!!

I grew up watching my mom use the same a Norpro Apple Master.  Then when I got married, she gave me my own.

I love this gadget because it does a beautiful job of peeling the apples and cores and slices them at the same time.  I used to love to eat the peel when my mom was done peeling an apple.  I'm not normally a peel fanatic, but there's something about eating a thin ribbon of peel that turns the peel into something special and delicious.

I also love how it slices the apple into a long thin spiral.  The Norpro can (1) peel, core and slice; (2) peel only; or (3) slice and core only.  It's made of a rust-free, tool-grade cast alumininum frame.  The blade is made of stainless steel and can be replaced.

The downsides to the Norpro are that it can be a pain to clean because of all its little nooks and crannies and handwashing it is recommended.  It also currently retails on Amazon.com for $27.99, which is a bit steep for something you may not end up using very often.

The Starfrit is slightly smaller and is made mostly of plastic, so it is much lighter than the metal Norpro.

The blade on the Starfrit peeler is also stainless steel, and the peeler comes with 2 spare blades as well as plastic protectors for the blades and for the spike holder (that you push the apple onto).  The Starfrit was easy to use and made quick work of peeling apples.

It was very easy to clean (the directions say to clean it with a wet soapy cloth) because it didn't have as many nooks and crannies.

The downsides to the Starfrit are that I wished that it also cored the apples, as well as peeling them, though the peeler also comes with a combination apple slicer/corer.

I also wonder how well it will hold up in the long run compared to my sturdy Norpro which could easily last for years if well taken care of.  One huge selling point (in my book) of the Starfrit is the price.  It currently retails on Amazon.com for $15.20, almost half the cost of the Norpro.

In the end, the best peeler for you depends on how much you are willing to spend and what you are going to use it for.  As soon as someone designs a gadget that also has the option to peel and core, without slicing, then that will be the best peeler in my book.


So now that I've got all these peeled apples, what to make with them?  I was in the mood for something simple, so I whipped up some fried apples and spooned them over some vanilla bean ice cream.  Pure heaven!

There are lots of recipes out there for fried apples, but the way I do it is by melting a bit of butter in a 10-inch non-stick skillet,

and then sprinkling a layer of brown sugar over the butter,

followed by the apple, which I slice into thin wedges,

and then stirring the apples so that they get coated in all that buttery sugary goodness until it forms a syrup.

Then I sprinkle some cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over everything,

and keep stirring until the apples get fork tender and the syrup is thick and yummy.

You could just eat these apples by themselves after they've cooled a bit,

 or spoon them over ice cream–SO GOOD.  The apples are soft and covered with caramel syrupy goodness, which starts to melt the ice cream . . . mmmm . . . time to go and make so more!!


Fried Apples
Makes 4 to 6 servings

2 medium apples
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon table salt

1. Peel and core the apples and then slice them into 1/4-inch wedges.

2. Melt the butter in a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat.  When the butter has fully melted, sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter and then quickly place the apple slices in a single layer on top of the brown sugar.  With a wooden spoon, stir the apples to coat them in the butter and brown sugar.  Continue to stir the apples.  When the butter and brown sugar have formed a syrup, sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over the ingredients in the pan and stir to incorporate.

3. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to stir the apples until they are fork tender and the syrup has reduced and thickened slightly.  Remove the skillet from the heat and let the apples cool for several minutes.  Serve alone, or as a topping for ice cream.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS!! *Contest now closed*

Starfrit wants one of you to be able to try out the Apple Pro-peeler too!  In order to enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite apple dish is.  This contest is only open to those with a US address (but I still love my international readers!).  Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you, otherwise I'll have to choose a new winner!  I will keep the comments open until Thursday, October 29th, 2009, 10 pm PST.  The winner will be chosen using a random number generator (random.org) and will be announced on Friday, October 30th, 2009!

** Starfrit is on Facebook!  Become a fan here.  If you scroll down their Facebook page, there is a link to a video of Chef Curtis Stone cooking with Starfrit products . . . I have a total foodie crush on him (gotta love that accent!).

{ 83 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris October 27, 2009 at 11:45 am

I love apple salad!



Rachel Ricchio October 27, 2009 at 11:59 am

i love making the fried apple compote and then putting them in wonton wrappers, and then frying them. They're best served with vanilla ice cream :)


Marianne Guymon October 27, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Those fried apples look delish! I have to say, my favorite apple dessert is apple pie. It's simple and basic, but OH so good! Infact, now that fall is in full swing I've already started my fall baking and have made one apple pie already for a friend as a birthday present. There's nothing better in the fall than the smell of cinnamon spiced apples baking in the oven to make you feel at home!


Marianne Guymon October 27, 2009 at 12:14 pm

To the comment by Rachel Ricchio above me, do you have a recipe for that that you could share?! That sounds really really good!


Saralyn Schiek October 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm

good old fashioned apple pie is my favorite.


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Oh how fun! I'm stuck peeling apples the old fashioned way for now, so having one of these babies would be great!

My favorite apple dish is a traditional apple crisp. Doesn't get much more simple or delish, in my opinion!


Leah October 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Hard to pick just one…I guess apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. Yum! I think we'll be trying these fried apples tonight!


Frieda October 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Dutch apple pie is my fave…I wonder if this great gadget would work on potatoes?


mukuge October 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I saw the Starfrit peeler in a shop over the pond, but it cost a mighty £25… but that still doesn't stop me from making my signature I'm-so-broke dessert, apple crumble! Even my gastronomically challenged friends reckon it's their fav. Although they like it crumbly, which means a wider pan and more crumbles for them.

Served piping hot with plain vanilla ice-cream, of course. yum yum. Or, if there are leftover Mars bar, I'll turn them into gooey hot sauce…


Kristen J October 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Easy Apple Pie
4-6 Med Apples peeled and sliced layered in the bottom of a square 8X8 dish and sprinkled with cinnamon

Place 4 slices of white bread on top of apples

Combine 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 egg, and 1 stick of melted butter

Spread over bread

Bake at 350 for 35-40 mins

DELICIOUS and easy! It was a recipe my grandmother gave to me.


Lauren October 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

my favorite is maple-cinnamon applesauce served with a cinnamon ice cream; delicious!



Memória October 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I would have to say my favorite apple dish is the Apple Breakfast Puffs I made awhile ago. They were perfect. YUM!


Ashley October 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Apple pie has got to be my favorite, though I will be trying your fried apple recipe asap!


Katherine October 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm

apple crisp with vanilla ice cream!


Jess October 28, 2009 at 3:40 am

MmMmM…fried apples and ice cream! That is a dessert for me, especially since it is gluten free! I looove apples with chicken or pork. The other day we had a stuffed chicken breast on top of a bed of different apples and mozzarella (cubed). Not sure if it beats pork chops and apples, though. I can never have a pork chop without apples. My husband thinks it is icky, but I loooove it!


Kathleen Bakes October 28, 2009 at 3:44 am

My favorite apple dish is dutch apple pie or crumble apple with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 28, 2009 at 3:48 am

Congrats on Top 9!

Tarte tatin, for sure!


Me and My Pink Mixer October 28, 2009 at 7:03 am

I have a yummy recipe for Apple Dumplings baked with cresent rolls.


Noelle October 28, 2009 at 7:12 am

This recipe is great, along with the pics! My favorite recipe is an apple/cranberry crisp my grandmother handed down to me. It is tart and sweet at the same time with an oatmeal/brown sugar topping. Yum!


Monica October 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

I love apple pie and anything crumply on top. Heated and served with vanilla ice cream….The best.


Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Thanks for the fried apples recipe. My favorite apple recipe is homemade apple pie with a crumble crust on the top and baked inside a paper sack. Everyone drools over it. Your home will smell wonderful also.


Emily October 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

It's absolutely my sister's raw apple cake recipe. I make a mean apple pie, and you should really go up to her resturaunt, Apple Dumplin's in Oak Glen and try anything they make apple-y. It's really good. (Yes, that was a shameless plug). But I have to say, her apple cake has been my favorite recipe for years. I even make it on my birthday, since no one else does.


Charlotte October 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I recently made apples similarly to this recipe and served them over pancakes. I'll definitely serve them over ice cream next time! My favorite apple dish would have to be apple turnovers.


Michele P. October 28, 2009 at 7:20 pm

oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE apple crisp! So good, and served warm with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream…yum!

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AlysonRR October 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I have two favorite apple dishes – apple crisp and cabbage/apple slaw with sausage :-)


Val in the Rose Garden October 28, 2009 at 8:18 pm

OMgoodness… that looks incredible! I have a few apples in my garage that have this written all over them. :) Tomorrow is my fried apple day!



j. October 29, 2009 at 2:26 am

forever an ohio girl, i love apples in the fall…my grandma always makes homemade applesauce for thanksgiving and brings it to our house still warm! best thing ever.


Status Queen October 29, 2009 at 9:30 am

Wow. I remember the smell of baked apples as a kid — a very special treat my mom made once in awhile. It was probably the only fruit we would get genuinely excited for. I will have to try frying them as an ice cream topping. Mmmm. Oh, also, I want that apple peeler!


Kris L. October 29, 2009 at 11:28 am

warm apple crisp hot out of the oven with ice cold french vanilla ice cream. delish!


Angie October 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm

My favorite apple dish is Oma's Apfelkuchen. It's the same recipe as Zwetschgenkuchen but using apples instead of plums. When I make it, I always add extra streusel topping. YUM!


Crystal October 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Apple pie {there's nothing like it} with natural vanilla ice cream. Delicious!


grammarinda November 1, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I am commenting on your fried apples. I know it's too late for the giveaway. :( We throw in a handful or two of blueberries, fresh or frozen, and eat it for breakfast on French toast. Homemade bread French toast, of course. Love your blog. I am thinking about mixing up your One Hour Bread and making fried scones with it. hehe. Shouldn't do that but it seems like a good fall thing to do. Heck, I'll even make them whole wheat so I can at least pretend they are healthy.


Fuji Mama November 1, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Rachel Ricchio–I've had someone ask for your recipe for the fried apple compote that you put in wonton wrappers, and then fry. Will you share it? :)

grammarinda–I like the way you think!!!


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