Vanilla Scented Pan Fried Apples

Valentine’s day is literally right around the corner and if you are still looking for something special to make for your sweetheart I’ve got you covered! These Vanilla Scented Pan Fried Apples are inspired by a simple treat my grandmother used to make and they happen to be one of my husband’s all-time favorite desserts. 

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a small cast iron skillet filled with vanilla scented fried apples and a large scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. There are 2 red apples on the table next to the skillet and teh skillet is on a herringbone napkin.

My grandmother was a simple woman. She was a grade school teacher and then the principal of an elementary school for most of her adult life. She lived to serve others and didn’t really make too much of a fuss about anything, especially when it came to food. Her meals and desserts didn’t come from the glossy pages of a magazine, they came from years and years of trial and error in her tiny little galley kitchen. They were simple, straightforward, and somehow decadent at the same time. 

A small skillet filled with vanilla scented fried apples and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The skillet is sitting on top of a herringbone pattern napkin. There are 2 red apples in the background.

When the apple tree on their property was heavy with fruit she would make her pan fried apples with ice cream for us.

No measuring spoons or cups for her, just a pinch of this and a splash of that. As a small girl I would often stand at the stove with her, watching her cook and trying to memorize exactly how she made my favorite recipes. 

While the recipe below isn’t exactly how my grandmother made her Vanilla Scented Pan Fried Apples it is close enough that every time I start to cook them I am flooded with emotion and the aroma that fills my house takes me back to my grandmother’s warm and cozy kitchen. 

A bright red Stemilt Piñata apple sits on a wooden table top infant of a small cast iron skillet that is filled with vanilla scented fried apples and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

My grandmother would have probably used a tart apple, I use Stemilt’s Piñata Apples because I love their balanced sweet/tart taste and the pineapple finish they are known for really shines through in each and every bite of the finished dish.

Fancy chocolates and snobby pastries wouldn’t get very far with my husband on Valentine’s, but these slightly updated, but still VERY old-school, Vanilla Scented Pan Fried Apples make him weak in the knees every single time! Which basically makes these pan fried apples the ultimate Valentine’s dessert.

3 small cast iron pans filled with vanilla scented pan fried apples and scoops of ice cream sit on a wooden table top. There are 3 red apples on the table as well as a chefs knife. One of the skillets is resting on a herringbone napkin.

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  1. Gail March 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    This looks like something I’d love to both make and eat. And any food that’s attached to a wonderful memory is a double win. Thanks for the share!

    1. thismess March 12, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Aww yay! Thank you so much for your comment Gail, I hope you love these pan fried apples as much as we do 🙂


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