Cinnamon apples are a type of sweet dish made with baking apples, cinnamon, and usually additional ingredients such as sugar or nutmeg; it is served warm. Though they are often served as a dessert or atop ice cream, this is a popular side dish as well, or may also be served on top of pork. There are a few different ways to prepare cinnamon apples, and there are many recipes to be found online, but most do not take a great deal of cooking skill to ensure they come out well.
In general, apples used for baking are the most popular choice when making cinnamon apples; these include McIntosh apples or Granny Smith apples, among others. This is because this dish is generally intended to be reminiscent of the filling found in apple pie, just without the crust. The sauce on these types of apples is usually not as thick as what is found in apple pie either, which, depending on how it is prepared, can make it a slightly healthier option. In general, the first step to making cinnamon apples is to peel, core, and slice the apple, which will help to ensure that they bake properly and become soft.
One of the most common ways to prepare cinnamon apples is by baking them. They are generally mixed with ingredients such as nutmeg, brown sugar, and of course cinnamon to add flavor, as well as butter and water to actually cook the apples. They may then be baked in a dish in the oven; another option is to cook them in a way similar to steaming on the stovetop. Some people choose to fry the apples, but this is a less common method of preparation. It may take some trial and error to find the best way to prepare them, but it is easy to make adjustments to simple recipes like this.
Cinnamon apples are served most frequently as a warm dessert in the fall or winter. They may be served plain, or with ice cream. Some people also eat them for breakfast, and they can be a great addition to brunch, or as a side dish with any meal of the day. Some people also choose to serve apples with pork and sauerkraut, for a nice balance of sweet and salty tastes, but these may simply be plain baked apples rather than cinnamon apples. With a little creativity, cinnamon apples can be a versatile dish enjoyed by people of all ages.