Uncle Jonat’s Fried Apples


How to make Uncle Jonat’s Fried Apples from Flash, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. |

Name: Uncle Jonat’s Fried Apples

Inspired by: Flash, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

"I've always liked them. I always thought applesauce was mushy." - Uncle Jonat

Chef's Note

Fried apples are a common side dish in books by L. E. Modesitt, Jr., and a number of his protagonists insist on its superiority over puréed applesauce. This is the simplest recipe he mentions. According to Modesitt, these are commonly served with pork because they are "cinnamon-tart-tangy enough to offset the richness [of pork]".

You can also add nutmeg, replace maple syrup with raw sugar, and serve with drop biscuits, as in Ghosts of Columbia. To make the biscuits, combine 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 1 cup milk (until just moistened). Drop batter on a prepared cookie sheet by the tablespoon, and bake at 450 degrees F (232 degrees C) until golden (about 10 minutes).


Making Fried Apples

You will need:

  • 4 cooking apples (such as Granny Smith, Jonagold, or Braeburn)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/8 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Wash, core, and slice the apples. (Peeling is optional).
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Stir in maple syrup and cinnamon, then add apples.
  4. Cook until apples begin to break down (about 6-7 minutes).
  5. Serve warm. Suggested accompanying meal: pork chops, potatoes, and green beans.

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How to make Uncle Jonat’s Fried Apples from Flash, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. |