There’s nothing like a fresh baked apple pie aroma streaming throughout the house! I think apples and cinnamon are one of the more comforting scents and gives you all the ‘feel goods’ as it fills the room. I have been known to take an old apple – that should be tossed in the trash – peel it, dice it and toss it in a pan with a little water and cinnamon. I turn the flame on low and just let it simmer, adding water as needed …..just to fill the house with the apple/cinnamon aroma! It really does take a sullen mood into a good one!
If you have the time to bake an apple pie, great! But we all know that it can’t happen as often as we’d like. I had a couple of apples but not a lot of time and thought, ‘I want all the feels of that flavor …..what to do, what to do?’ So I took my “fill the house with that scent” trick BEFORE my apples went bad and came up with this little concoction to top my pancakes! It certainly the trick – both with taste and filling the house with a yummy apple pie scent.
I added some gelatin to the sauce, mostly to thicken it up a little bit but also to provide some nutrients to a breakfast that was certainly going to lack what I like to get in. I use Vital Proteins because I love that it can be added to any recipe and not change the flavor. I use a lot of their products on a daily basis …..adding in wherever I can. My morning coffee is usually where I make sure to get it in daily and as I said, adding it to any other recipe where I see fit. My hubby and daughter don’t make it a point to add this in daily so putting it into recipes is where I sneak it into their diets. Read here for more info as to ‘why’ and all the benefits of adding gelatin & collagen to our diets.
What happened next was so fun! I had a little topping leftover so I put it into a small container and stored in the fridge. I took it out the next day to actually top a leftover pancake and it had gelled (duh!). I started to just reheat and liquify but then it dawned on me that this in it of itself, would be a great way to get gelatin into anyones diet on a daily basis. This ‘topping’ recipe could be made on prep day and cut up into squares for anyone in the family to grab and pop into their mouths throughout the week, literally as their running out the door!
If you don’t have gelatin, the recipe indicates a swap and is equally as good as a topping or filling but don’t expect it to gel. I am playing in the kitchen with a crust to make up some tarts or single serve pie bites! I’ll keep you posted as that recipe progresses. Please share with any ways that you incorporate this filling into another recipe. I would love hear what is stirring in your kitchen. Happy baking!
- 2 large apples, peeled/roughly diced*
- 1/4 cup brown butter or ghee
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut, almond or cashew milk
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Scoop of Vital Proteins Gelatin* (arrowroot powder could be used as well..but it won't gel)
- Pinch of salt
- Peel, core and dice apples.
- In a sauce pan, warm the butter/ghee, maple syrup and milk of choice. Once you see small bubbles, whisk in the gelatin, constantly whisking to incorporate. Add apples and stir.
- Add in coconut sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt. Make sure flame is on low and let apples soften, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes.
- Serve on top of your favorite pancake or waffle recipe!
- This will top 2-3 stacks of pancakes --- DOUBLE recipe if you'd like to make sure you have topping leftover to make gels (or use recipe as is for gels alone) See *notes.
- *Depending on the amount of topping you've made or have left, layer the bottom of a container or sheet pan with topping to about 1/2 inch. Place in fridge and let it harden/gel, usually a couple of hours will do. Cut into 1 inch squares and store in an air tight container in fridge to keep on hand. You can easily rewarm these gels to use as topping again, if you so choose!