There’s nothing in the world like waking up to a beautiful, elaborate breakfast. I assume.
Occasionally my sweetie brings me a Frontier breakfast burrito and orange juice in bed on special occasions, and I’ve had room service breakfast a few times. But for the most part, if I want an elaborate breakfast, there’s no button I can push to make it appear; I have to cook it myself. Which means there are few things I treasure more than a recipe that makes my breakfast feel elaborate without me having to work very hard for it.
This is just such a recipe. Simple but rich, redolent with butter and cinnamon… but fruit at its heart, so it’s even good for you, right? The hands-on time is only a few minutes: slicing the apples, melting the butter, stirring it all together. Mostly you’ll just let the apples soften in a covered skillet while you make toast or coffee or scramble eggs or read the paper. (Does anyone still read the paper?)
When you lift the lid, a gorgeous scent of apple and caramelized sugar and cinnamon and butter will fill your kitchen, and you’ll know just how good this is going to taste. So very good, you could put it over ice cream and call it dessert. But it’s a lot more fun for breakfast.
Cinnamon- and butter-laced fried apples are an easy but luxurious breakfast treat - or try them with ice cream for dessert.
- 3 large, flavorful apples, unpeeled
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Pinch salt, if using unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg, cloves, or other apple-friendly spices, as desired