Quick & Easy Maple Apple Topping – Four Ways!
When it comes to Fall flavors, trendy seasonal lattes can’t compete with apple season. I love strolling along the orchard rows, climbing rickety ladders in hunt of the perfect Honeycrisp apple, and of course, no apple picking adventure is complete without a hay ride and warm apple cider donuts. But every year I struggle with what to make out of the bushel of apples our family lugs home. We’ll eat them as healthy snacks– which of course gets boring after a few days. We’ll bake pies and apple crisp– but sugar-laden treats around the house lead to all-day dessert binging. So what do you do with the countless Cortlands, mountains of Macintoshes, and gaggle of Galas?
Fear not, mama. I’m serving up an easy solution that works for every meal of the day. In 15 minutes, prep to plate, you can whip up this simple apple topping and rock this recipe for every meal of the day!
Quick & Easy Maple Apple Topping (makes 2 cups of apple topping)
- 3 large apples or 4 medium apples, cored and diced, with or without peel
- 1 TBSP of ghee or butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TBSP 100% pure maple syrup
Directions: In a large saucepan at medium heat, melt ghee or butter. Whisk in cinnamon. Add apples and sauté for 3 minutes, then add maple syrup. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for an additional 3-6 minutes or until apples are very tender. Remove from heat. If not serving immediately, once cooled, store topping in a jar or glass container for easy reheating. This topping will congeal a bit in the fridge but can be reheated again easily!
Now that you’re armed with your ooey, gooey topping – let’s add some apple goodness to some feel-good and good-for-you meals the whole family can enjoy!
Add a few tablespoons on top of a bowl of fiber-rich, steel cut oats. Sprinkle on some chopped pecans to keep bellies full and minds alert for school or work.
Make an autumn-inspired grilled sandwich using deli meat turkey, arugula, white cheddar and a smear of apple topping for a sweet and savory lunch. My toddler ACTUALLY ATE ARUGULA when I served this up! For picky eaters, switch up the classic PB&J by substituting the jelly for apple topping.
Fancy up a pan-seared pork chop with a generous dollop of apple topping. Serve alongside some roasted root veggies for the perfect Sunday supper.
Ok, so all those healthy ideas above are totally great. But let’s get real, adding a heaping spoonful of this hot and gooey apple topping on top a scoop of vanilla ice cream—well, it’s straight-up autumnal magic. So, go ahead, get your sundae on.
Erika is a mama, wifey, DIYer and freelance photographer. She has a passion for child-led play, crafting handmade parties, and the perfect manicure. When she’s not chasing after two toddlers you’ll find her creating marketing strategies and managing social media for Babson College’s Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership programs. Visit her blog at www.yayforhandmade.net.