Quick and Easy Spicy Stewed Apples

Stewed apple with cinnamon
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
446 Calories
20g Fat
72g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 446
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Protein 2g
Calcium 111mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It's hard to think of any food that conjures up autumn more than apples. There are apple pies, crisps, and brown betties for dessert. Some people like to add apples to braised cabbage. Stewed apples, another favorite, is an incredibly easy dish to prepare even when you get fancy, like this recipe. You could serve these hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, wrapped in buckwheat crepes with a dollop of mascarpone cheese or as just a healthy dessert, letting their simple goodness shine through. 


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons rum, apple brandy, or water
  • 3 apples, peeled (cored and diced)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 to 8 grates of fresh nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • Pinch of salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add enough rum, apple brandy, or water in a small saucepan to just cover the bottom.

  3. Add the apples, molasses, butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and salt and stir to blend.

  4. Place over low heat, partially covered, and simmer gently until the apples are tender about 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Comparing Apples to Apples

The many varieties of apples you find in a vast array in the grocery store or at farmers' markets make a gorgeous and bountiful display, but which ones are the best for eating and which for cooking? Once you know which varieties are best for baking, you can then narrow down your choice to the type that is best for using in whatever apple-something you are making.

  • Jonathans and Jonagolds top many lists as the all-around best apples to cook with. They are a mix of sweet and tart and hold up well in cooking. They are a big favorite for pies.

  • Honeycrisps are the current trend apple. There's a good reason for that: They are super sweet and super juicy, and they keep their shape when they're cooked. They're also high on the best-to-eat list.

  • Braeburns are both sweet and tart, and they smell good too. They are a go-to apple for applesauce and would also be a top choice for stewed apples.

  • McIntoshes are sweet and juicy and make the most of the applesauce or stewed apples.

  • Winesaps are juicy and sturdy and are a good choice for pie, other baked goods, applesauce and stewed apples. 

  • Fujis are good for all kinds of baking―and eating, too. If you aren't sure if you want to bake with the apples or just crunch into them raw, this is the choice to make.

  • Granny Smiths are a favorite for pies. They have firm flesh and serious tartness that adds a twist to apple pie.

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