Grand’s Fried Apples (aka – apple pie without the crust)

My grandmama has been making these fried apples for as long as I can remember.  I love family recipes!


10-12 cooking apples (Fuji, McKintosh, Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious etc)

1 lemon

1 stick butter

3/4 sugar

1/4 water


If you have one of these nifty tools that core and slice at once, then haul it out.  If not a knife works just fine.

Slice the apples up thinly.

My new lemon juicer.  This tool will squeeze every last drop out of a lemon or lime.  Love it!

Squeeze both halves of the lemon into a large ziplock bag.

About 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.  The lemon juice will keep my apples form turning brown before I even cook them and it is also a natural thickener for the fried apples.

Peel, core, slice and add apples to bag of lemon juice.

Melt 1 stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat.

Add apples to the melted butter.

Add 3/4 cup sugar.

Add 1/4 water.

Mix all this up so the apples are covered in the butter and sugar.

Cover your pot.

Cook on low for 15-20 minutes until apples are tender.

Remove lid and stir apples.

Continue cooking apples and reducing the liquid. 

This will cook until most of the liquid is gone and the apples are a carmel color.. this is the stage where they are almost frying.





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