Fresh apples get a quick simmer with warming spices. This 10 minute Warm Spiced Apple Topping adds so much flavor to ice cream and more.
This is such a simple recipe to make, but so, so delicious. Fresh apples are full of flavor after cooking with sugar, cinnamon and a hint of cardamom.
The apples soften just a bit, and the sugar and juices cook into a sweet syrup. It's like a very easy apple compote.
Use fresh-picked apples if you have them, and when you visit the orchard remember to get some apple cider donuts!
Cardamom is a favorite fall spice of mine, like in my Lemon Cardamom Sweet Rolls, and it pairs perfectly here with tart apples and cinnamon.
Why you'll love this recipe
Easy, easy, easy—I think this is the first reason you'll love these apples! It only takes a five minute simmer on the stove, 5 minutes to cool, and then the apples are ready to go.
Add the warm apples ro so many recipes: over a dish of ice cream, fold them into delicate crêpes, ladle them over a stack of pancakes, or top a fresh, split scone. If you like County Fair Fried Dough, try it with this apple topping.
You can also chill and refrigerate the apples, then enjoy them layered in a parfait. Or spooned over yogurt with crunchy granola!
Use this apple topping in my Apple Cider Donut Icebox Cake!
🔪 How to make 10 Minute Warm Spiced Apple Topping
Step 1: Combine the apples and spices
Put the apples, spices, and sugar into a saucepan and stir them together.
Step 2: Bring them to a simmer
Heat the apples over medium-high heat until they begin to simmer.
Step 3: Simmer them 'til they're soft
Simmer the apples over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until they've softened but still have a little crispness. Then they're ready to serve!
The recipe for 10 Minute Warm Spiced Apple Topping is below, and here are a few more sweet treats:
💬 Have you made these warm apples? Tell me what you think! Leave a comment and a star rating below.
10 minute Warm Spiced Apple Topping
- 4 tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch to 1½ inch chunks
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- Stir together the apples, sugar, water, cinnamon, and cardamom in a medium pan.
- Heat the mixture over medium-high heat to bring it to a simmer, stirring the apples often.
- Lower the heat a little to maintain the simmer, then cook the apples for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times - until the mixture has thickened and the apples pieces are a little soft but with a light crunch in the center.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow the apples to cool for 5 minutes. Serve the sauce while it's still warm.
Can you make with out cardamom?
Yes, it's totally fine to omit the cardamom if you prefer.
I made this recipe with golden delicious apples and it was DELICIOUS!
I will make this simple and delicious apple dish again and again! Thank you
Hi Ava, Oh fantastic! I'm so glad you tried the recipe and that it worked as well with the Golden Delicious apples. How did you use the Simmered Apples? The last time I made them we dished them over vanilla ice cream. Thank you so much for trying my recipe, I'm really happy to hear your feedback!