maple syrup fried apples & dates

fried apples

Fried apples and dates with an array of warm spices! Yes, this is a perfect side or topping with anything from pork to turkey!

Cooked Apples

Growing up in Appalachia, I always looked forward to Fall because it was time for apples. And, Mom would make THE very best cooked apples! Like a dessert, we’d eat cooked apples on biscuits with crumbled bacon for breakfast. That was a going back to school treat! 

And, if you want to make these apples into an easy pie, then check out the easy apple tart tatin! 

Easy Apple Recipes

Easy apple recipes can be found on my website. That’s because I love apples. And, I love to make using apples in recipes simple for you. You might want to take a peek at some of these recipes. 

Fresh Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies

Easy Apple Custard Tart

Skillet Spiced Apples & Coconut

Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake

How to Caramelize Apples

If you’re wondering how to caramelize apples, well, it’s pretty easy. Fry them. Start with a non-stick skillet and high heat, then put the apples in. The sugars will release. If you’re using a cast iron skillet (or something that’s not non-stick), then just put a little cooking spray or butter. The sugars in the apples will release. Turn down the heat. And, then add a few teaspoons of regular sugar and you’ll get more caramelization. Check Betty Crocker for more details on how to caramelize foods. 

Recipe for Fried Apple

Now a great recipe for making a delicious fried apple is a must. And, it’s quick and easy. Frying apples is a perfect way to salvage maybe ‘aging’ apples. 


What happens when your apples start to lose their luster, show signs of aging, and have soft spots and bruises. I mean it’s really funny how food, like people, age in much the same way! Well, what I do is re-invent the food or ingredient and bring new life to it! And these maple syrup fried apples and dates show you why!

These apples are even more gloriously delicious prepared in this way. Plus, there are so many ways you can use them. You’re only limited by your imagination. From topping them on chicken or pork chops to ice cream or pancakes. The world is your oyster. 

Quick and Easy Apple Desserts Recipes

This recipe makes a perfect quick and easy apple dessert recipe that you can use on the fly. Say company drops in and you want to serve something. Well, you can quickly use these apples warmed and scooped over vanilla ice cream. Or why not top with some whipped cream in a bowl and a couple of butter cookies. If you’re more ambitious and you have a refrigerated pie crust or a graham cracker crust, then you could make a very quick apple pie! 

Algerian Food

Another great thing about being a foodie is hearing from YOU. When I posted this recipe, I got this coolest FB comment from a friend in England, she writes:

OMG Ally, I just saw your new recipe spiced maple fried apples with dates, how did you come up with this recipe? I feel you have been a North African woman in another life or probably you are hanging out with my mother in her kitchen in Algiers!.

In Algeria during Ramadan, most families make this side dish called “tajine lham lahlou” which means tajine of sweet meat that is made of lamb meat pieces cooked in cinnamon and most spices plus sugar you’ve listed in your recipe.

Once once the meat is cooked apples, dried prunes or dried apricots and almonds are added at the end. This dish is supposed to give the person who was fasting energy boost!

fried apples

fried apples

maple syrup fried apples & dates

Yield: 6 servings

Fried apples and dates with an array of warm spices! Yes, this is a perfect side or topping with anything from pork to turkey!


  • 2 Tbl. Butter
  • 6-7 apples, peeled and cut into wedges (I used granny smith and honeycrisp apples.)
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup dates, pitted and sliced into thin rounds


In a heavy skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apples and salt and toss and cook about 3 minutes. Drizzle on the maple syrup and toss and blend; reduce heat to low and cover with a lid and cook about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and sugar then sprinkle it over the apples; toss and coat all the apples with this mixture. Add in the dates; toss and cook another 15 minutes on low. Ready to eat!

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