Spice-Poached Apples

We love when amazingly simple desserts are also amazingly delicious. When your favorite fall fruit hits its peak, infuse it with warm spices, wine, tangy citrus, and more.

small ramekins of red and yellow colored poached apples
Photo: Dera Burreson
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • Desired Poaching Liquid

  • 6 cooking apples (such as Braeburn, Jonathan, or Gala), peeled, halved, and cored

  • Blackberries, chopped pistachios, and/or mascarpone cheese (optional)


  1. In 5- to 6-qt. pot bring liquid, sugar, and spice to boiling. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add apples; return to boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes until apples are tender. Remove from heat. Cool apples in syrup.

  2. Serve apples with berries, pistachios, and/or mascarpone, if desired.

White Wine Poached Apples:

Use 2 cups water, 2 cups dry white wine, 1 cup granulated sugar, and 2 star anise.

Red Wine-Pomegranate Poached Apples:

Use 2 cups dry red wine; 1 cup pomegranate juice; 1 cup water; 1/4 cup packed brown sugar; 2 cinnamon sticks; 8 whole cloves; and 4 whole allspice.

Citrus-Maple Poached Apples:

Use 2 cups water, 2 cups orange juice, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
28g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 22g
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 193mg 4%
Folate, total 5.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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