These Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples are my favourite dish at Cracker Barrel!
Every time we visit the States and we are close to a Cracker Barrel restaurant, we have to stop in. These Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples sprang from my love of that particular side dish option. ( I’m sure there are going to be a few more recipes along the way. Just wait!)
If you love fried apples just like the ones at Cracker Barrel, you’ve hit the jackpot. These are just like grandma makes. Tasty southern cooking at it’s best and OHHH SOOOO GOOOOOD!!!
As a former Cracker Barrel employee, I can say these are close to the real thing: good, but it needs some tweaking. I think the CB are too sweet, anyhow. We doublesd the apples, used half the sugar, and only 1.5 Tablespoons of cornstarch. It came out very thick, and just the right hint of sweetness. Great with a pork roast, great with pancakes!
I cooked the apples for 20 minutes.For the spice mix I used 1 teaspoon cinnamon,1/2 nutmeg grated, and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom. I use my vanilla sugar.
I made these apples last night and 2 of my boys LOVED them (the other one isn’t much of an apple eater). It doesn’t taste 100% like Cracker Barrel’s, but they were good in their own right. I might try adding a little butter next time to see if that makes them taste more like Cracker Barrel’s. I only used 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and the sauce was plenty thick enough for me. Thanks PaulaG, for your great recipe!
Didn’t have golden delicious apple, subtitled them with Fuji . Used frozen apple juice & bottle. And didn’t have apple pie spice either, used cinnamon, little allspice. Came out really good. Will get golden apples next time..
- 2 cups apple juice, plus
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 4 large golden delicious apples, with peel, cut 1/2 inch wedges
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 4 tablespoons sugar
1 – In a medium skillet, combine the 2 cups apple juice and sliced apples.
2 – Simmer gently until apples are fork tender but not mushy, turning apples frequently.
3 – Remove apples from juice using a slotted spoon and place in an oven safe dish.
4 – In a blender, combine the remaining 1/2 cup apple juice, cornstarch, apple pie spice and sugar.
5 – Blend a few seconds until smooth.
6 – Whisk mixture into hot apple juice in skillet and cook, stirring constantly on medium high heat until it bubbles and becomes thickened and smooth.
7 – Pour thickened mixture over apples and serve.