Quick Dessert Recipe: Spiced Rum Fried Apples

by Texas Homesteader ~

I try to invite my parents to supper as often as I can. There’s just something about breaking bread together that bonds us. Plus it’s much less expensive to invite them to a simple meal at home than to meet them at a restaurant. And it’s much nicer to visit in a home setting too. So recently I invited them over.

I made a plan to cook a simple Instant Pot Roast as the main entree. A side of green beans and breaded Potato Cakes was planned for sides. But dad loves that I serve dessert when I invite them over. So I also planned a very simple dessert. Fried apples… with a twist.

I made a simple dessert of fried apples, with a twist. I added a little spiced rum for extra flavor & moisture. #TexasHomesteader

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Apple Varieties

I typically just use whatever apples I have when making fried apples. But if I’m actually buying apples I like to buy half sweet red apples and half tart Granny Smith apples. I just feel that combination adds flavor & complexity to the dessert. But oftentimes it’s just the plain ole apples I have in the fridge.

Don’t worry, whatever apples I use – if they don’t seem sweet enough after they’re cooked I’ll add a drizzle of honey at the end. So just go with the apples you have and adjust to your tastes.

Preparing The Apples

Now this dessert really comes together quickly. I took my *Apple Peeler/Corer and disengaged the slicing blade so it would only peel the apples. I popped the apples onto the peeler and had each apple peeled in only about 3 seconds. (Yes, I love that thing!)

Then I sliced each apple using this hand-held *Apple Slicer. It cored & cut each apple into 8 thick slices. Again, this took only seconds per apple. Hummmm… I’m seeing a lazy-cook trend here. 🙂

Cut apples quickly with this trick. I made a simple dessert of fried apples, with a twist. I added a little spiced rum for extra flavor & moisture. #TexasHomesteader

Each of the slices was cut into thirds while the butter was heating in the skillet. Then I just tossed the apples in and stirred until they were all coated. I sprinkled on some brown sugar and cinnamon and stirred it again as the apples cooked.

I like to add about 4 tablespoons of spiced rum here. It just adds a little moisture and flavor. Don’t worry, the alcohol cooks out of it. Then I put the lid on the skillet and let those apples do their thaaaang.

When they had simmered about 7-8 minutes I turned off the heat & left the cover on the skillet for about 5 more minutes. This allowed them to steam to the softer texture RancherMan loves. I like them a little more crisp but RancherMan prefers them soft. So just allow them to stay until they’re as soft as you want them.

Simmer apples in covered skillet. I made a simple dessert of fried apples, with a twist. I added a little spiced rum for extra flavor & moisture. #TexasHomesteader

Finishing Up The Fried Apples

When I lifted the lid there was liquid in the skillet. So I turned the heat back on and simmered until the liquid was thick. It only took about a minute or so. Finally I turned off the heat, stirred in a little vanilla extract and a tiny sprinkle of kosher salt. I served those apples up hot in pretty vintage dishes. You know, because mama taught me that presentation is half the meal.

Depending upon how sweet the apples are (or aren’t) I sometimes drizzle a little honey on top too. And sometimes I sprinkle a little sweet granola or chopped pecans on top. If you wanted you could even top them with a little whipped cream. But whether you top them or not is totally up to you. Most of the time I serve them as they are and they’re delicious.

I’ve included the recipe I use for the two of us. Just multiply it depending upon the number of people you wish to serve.

Fried Apples with Spiced Rum and Cinnamon - Serves 2

Makes about 1.5 cups fried apples in about 15 minutes #TexasHomesteader
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, cinnamon, fried, spiced rum
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com



  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1" chunks
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons Captain Morgan spiced rum
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • drizzle with honey or top with chopped nuts (optional)



  1. Peel & core the apples, and cut into 1" chunks.
  2. Melt 3 Tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 2 Tablespoons brown sugar & apple chunks, stir to coat.

  3. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, add 4 Tablespoons spiced rum stir to evenly distribute.  Cover & simmer for approximately 7 - 9 minutes.  Add more butter if the apples start to stick to the bottom of the pan.

  4. Turn off heat leave covered for 5 minutes, or until apples are as soft as you prefer. If needed, turn heat back on & simmer another minute or so to thicken juice. Then remove from heat.

  5. Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and stir to coat.  If desired top with crunchy granola or chopped pecans. Serve warm.


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2 thoughts on “Quick Dessert Recipe: Spiced Rum Fried Apples

  1. Greg Hill

    Hey Tammy,
    Going to give this a try soon looks easy enough for my cooking skills. Don’t have any rum as I never have tried it before to my knowledge. Really sounds like a great quick desert and i have some extra apples from the next door neighbor. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I don’t think the rum is absolutely necessary Greg, but I really liked the flavor & moisture it added to my apples. But c’mon, they’re gonna be good either way, no? LOL ~TxH~


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