I have 2 excellent recipes to share, one is good with a roast and the other two are great on top of ice cream or pancakes. Golden Delicious apples are available all year-long so you can make these any time you want. Just about 10 minutes and you are done.
Apples for a roast:
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 3 Golden Delicious apples
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp. sugar
Add the lemon juice to 1 quart of water. Peel, core and half the apples. Cut each half into 6 slices and keep in lemon water until ready to saute.
In a heavy skillet, melt the butter and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Drain the apple slices, reserving 1/2 cup lemon water, then add them to the pan. Lower the heat and cook until slices are soft and golden, about 8-10 minutes.
Should the apples stick to the pan or are browning to quickly, add some of the reserved lemon water as necessary.
Apples for Pancakes:
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3 tbsp. butter
Combine the sugar and apples and mix well. Melt butter in a large skillet and add the apple mixture. Cook over medium heat until just tender, about 5 minutes. It will be syrupy (that is what you want for pancakes) but will thicken as it cools. Serve these warm with cream, optional.
Maple Syrup Apples:
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 3 golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp. plus 1/2 cup Michigan maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Melt the butter in a skillet; add the apple slices and 1 tbsp. maple syrup. Saute until tender 5 minutes or so. Stir in the remaining syrup and cinnamon.