Discover the Perfect Apple in Wine Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious and easy dessert recipe that is perfect for your next dinner party or family gathering? Look no further than this recipe for apples in wine and cinnamon sauce!

This recipe combines the natural sweetness of sliced apples with the rich, bold flavors of dry white wine, port wine, and cinnamon to create a warm and comforting dish that is sure to please everyone. Whether you are serving this dish on its own or pairing it with other desserts, it is the perfect addition to any menu.

The best part? This recipe is incredibly easy to make! With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can create a flavorful and satisfying dessert that will leave your guests asking for seconds (and the recipe!).

So grab your apron and get ready to impress your guests with this delicious apples in wine and cinnamon sauce recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce
Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce

Do you love the sweet and tangy flavors of apples, combined with the spicy aroma of cinnamon? What if I told you that you could enjoy all of that in a rich wine-infused sauce? Look no further than this recipe for Baked Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce!

Not only is this dish delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. You can prepare it in a slow cooker or on the stovetop, depending on your preference. With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have a tasty dessert or side dish in no time.

The sliced apples are baked to perfection in wine and cinnamon sauce, creating a scrumptious flavor combination that will have you reaching for seconds. The addition of sugar or Splenda granular adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the apples.

Not only is this recipe great for autumn gatherings or holiday parties, it’s also versatile enough to be served any time of year. You can pair it with a variety of main dishes, from ham to chicken to pork loin. It also makes an excellent topping for ice cream or oatmeal.

So why settle for boring baked apples when you can elevate them to the next level with this wine and cinnamon sauce recipe? Trust me when I say that everyone at your dinner table will be raving about this dish!

Ingredient List

 The perfect fall dessert: Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce.
The perfect fall dessert: Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce.

Let’s take a look at what we’ll need to make this delicious recipe:

For the Wine Cinnamon Sauce:

  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Baked Apples:

  • 4 medium-sized apples, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Splenda granular
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

You’ll also need some additional ingredients to add to the apples before baking them, such as butter or margarine, cinnamon sticks, and more brown sugar and cinnamon.

The Recipe How-To

 A warm and cozy treat that you'll want to make again and again.
A warm and cozy treat that you’ll want to make again and again.

Preparing the Apples

Step 1: Peel and slice 4 medium apples. You can choose any type of apple, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Red Delicious. Personally, I prefer to use a mix of tart and sweet apples for a more balanced flavor.

Step 2: In a large sauté pan, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the sliced apples and stir well to coat them with butter.

Step 3: Toss in ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and continue to stir for about 3 minutes.

Step 4: Sprinkle the apple slices with ¼ cup of granulated sugar or Splenda granular and stir for another few minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the apples are slightly caramelized.

Adding Wine and Cinnamon Sauce

Step 5: Stir in 1 cup of dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio) into the apple mixture.

Step 6: For a more complex flavor profile, toss in a cinnamon stick and orange peel into the pan.

Step 7: Reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until the apples have softened and absorbed some of the wine sauce.

Finishing Touches

Step 8: Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick and orange peel.

Step 9: Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or adult applesauce.

This recipe is versatile so feel free to customize it based on your preferences. You can also try adding other fruits like pears or cranberries, or change up the type of wine used – red wine makes a richer sauce while port wine can add a sweet tanginess. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who said you can't have wine and dessert at the same time?
Who said you can’t have wine and dessert at the same time?

As with any recipe, you can always make substitutions or variations based on your preferences or what ingredients you have on hand. Here are some ideas to switch up this Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce Recipe:

– Sugar and Splenda granular can be substituted with other sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or brown sugar.

– Use apple cider instead of apple juice for a more concentrated apple flavor.

– Swap margarine for butter or any other plant-based spread of your choice.

– If you don’t have dry white wine, red wine, or port wine on hand, try using apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar, orange juice, or cranberry juice instead.

– Instead of sliced apples, you can use whole baked apples, poached pears or even sautéed apples and pears together.

– Add other spices to the cinnamon sauce like nutmeg or cloves for added warmth and depth of flavor.

– Try serving the apples with alternative companions such as cranberry sauce instead of the cinnamon sauce for a Thanksgiving dish. It can also be served over pancakes as a decadent addition to your weekend breakfast spread.

– For an adult twist on the classic childhood favorite of applesauce, try turning this recipe into an applesauce by simply blending the cooked apples and wine together after cooking.

Remember that cooking is all about experimentation and creativity! Don’t be afraid to try new things and make this recipe your own.

Serving and Pairing

 Your house will smell amazing with the aroma of cinnamon and apples.
Your house will smell amazing with the aroma of cinnamon and apples.

One of the best ways to enjoy this delicious Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce Recipe is to serve it warm with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream. The icy creaminess of the dessert is a perfect balance for the warm, cozy flavors of the cinnamon-infused apples.

If ice cream is not your thing, you can also serve this dish as a side with pork chops or ham to bring out additional savory flavors, or even as a topping over pancakes or waffles for a sweet breakfast treat.

When it comes to pairing wine with this recipe, our top recommendations are either red or white wine. For a white wine pairing option, try using a dry Riesling that has aromas of apple and honey that blends effortlessly with the sweet apples in the dish.

For red wine lovers, consider using a Port wine that amplifies the cinnamon notes in the sauce and creates a fruity yet spicy palate. The cinnamon spiced apples can also be paired perfectly with cranberry sauce as it brings out an additional sweetness, making it an ideal match for Thanksgiving dinners.

Whatever way you choose to serve and pair this Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce Recipe, your taste buds will appreciate the warm, comforting flavors with every bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to indulge in this sweet and tangy dish.
Get ready to indulge in this sweet and tangy dish.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it can be easily made ahead of time and stored for later use. To make this recipe ahead of time, prepare the apples in wine and cinnamon sauce as directed and let it cool to room temperature. Once the dish is completely cool, refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to three days.

To reheat the apples in wine and cinnamon sauce, transfer the apple mixture to a saucepan or sautee pan and heat until warmed through on medium heat. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent burning or sticking.

If you are reheating a large batch of this dish, you might prefer using a slow cooker or crockpot set on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

If there are any leftovers or if you need to store the dish for longer than three days, you can freeze it for up to two months. To freeze the apples in wine and cinnamon sauce, transfer the cooled mixture into a freezer-safe container and seal tightly. When ready to eat, simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating as instructed.

Overall, this dish is perfect for those who want to save time without sacrificing taste. With its versatile make-ahead feature and easy storing and reheating options, it’s an ideal recipe for busy individuals who still want to enjoy delicious comfort food like wine-baked apples with cinnamon sauce!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Wine and cinnamon make a surprisingly delicious flavor combination.
Wine and cinnamon make a surprisingly delicious flavor combination.

To ensure that your Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce Recipe turns out perfectly, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

Firstly, it’s important to choose the right type of apple. I recommend using a firm apple variety such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp, as these hold their shape well when baked and won’t turn to mush.

Secondly, be sure to adjust the sugar and cinnamon levels to your personal taste preference. Some people prefer their desserts sweeter while others prefer them with less sugar. Similarly, some prefer more cinnamon while others prefer less. Taste as you go along and adjust accordingly.

Thirdly, make sure to not overcook the apples. The goal is for them to be soft but still hold their shape. Overcooking them can result in a mushy texture which is not desirable.

Fourthly, when adding the red or white wine to the recipe, make sure to use a wine that you would drink on its own. The flavor will be more prominent in the finished dish and can greatly impact the overall taste.

Finally, if you’re making this recipe for a special occasion or dinner party, consider serving it alongside a charoset recipe, poached pear or cranberry sauce for added variety. Additionally, mulled wine or cinnamon rolls would be an excellent accompaniment to this dessert.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, apples in wine and cinnamon sauce is a recipe that has captured the hearts of many for centuries. It’s an easy recipe that can be made using simple ingredients from your kitchen pantry.

This recipe is versatile and can be adapted to cater to different tastes and preferences. You can easily substitute sugar for Splenda granular if you are watching your sugar intake, or use apple juice instead of wine for a kid-friendly version.

Whether you are looking to impress your dinner guests with an elegant dessert, or just want to enjoy a warm bowl of apple goodness on a cold evening, this recipe is perfect for you.

With its delicious combination of flavors and textures, this dish is sure to please everyone’s taste buds. So why not give it a try? You won’t regret it!

Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce

Apples in Wine and Cinnamon Sauce Recipe

"This is a good topping for ice cream, over fresh-baked biscuits, or over not-too-sweet cakes. Serve warm or Cold." Thank you Justin Wilson (Justin Wilson's Homegrown Louisiana Cookin'). Do not let the cooking time scare you off...this is pretty good stuff.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Servings 3 cups
Calories 680.2 kcal


  • 1/2 cup margarine or 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups sliced apples (I mix varieties, as long as they are cooking ones, for effect)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar or 1 cup Splenda granular
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


  • Over medium heat in a heavy saucepan, melt the margarine, then add the wine and stir in the apples.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the mixture and stir.
  • Continue cooking for about 10 minutes, then stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer and cover; continue cooking for 2 hours, stirring occasionally until the apples break up.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1023gCalories: 680.2kcalCarbohydrates: 91gProtein: 0.8gFat: 30.5gSaturated Fat: 5.3gSodium: 360.4mgFiber: 4gSugar: 83.1g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Apple, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
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