I love the taste of apple pie filling, but I don’t have the time or desire to make pie. When I am in the mood for apples, I’ll make a quick batch of easy to make cinnamon apples.
For what is pictured above, I washed and cut two apples with an apple slicer, put them into a microwaveable Pyrex bowl, sprinkled about 2-3 tablespoons of regular white sugar, and then covered with some cinnamon. Put in the microwave for 5 minutes and set them aside to cool. I left the skins on, but you could peel the apples if you so desire.
Honestly, this is really a healthy treat (if you don’t add butter), you don’t really even need sugar, most apples tend to be sweet enough on their own, the sugar kind of makes a little syrup in the bottom of the bowl along with the apple juice.
Variations, you can add some butter or butter substitute like Smart Balance, Country Crock, etc, about a tablespoon. You could mix in a dash of vanilla extract. Or if you like the taste of maple syrup add a tablespoon in. You can cook them longer if you like, but they will continue to shrink and get really soft.
These are great as a side dish, a steak house we go to used to serve buttered apples as a side, which I used to love. These are also great the next day with breakfast or on pancakes or waffles. You could also serve warm or cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.