If you’re a fan of spiced, warm red wine, apple pie or applesauce, you will enjoy our recipe for Instant Pot stewed apples in mulled wine. It’s exactly as it sounds – apples stewed with brown sugar in red wine and spices – resulting in soft, sweet, spiced and slightly boozy-flavored fruit (but not alcoholic!). You can serve these pressure cooked apples as a dessert with ice cream or as a snack or breakfast with granola and yogurt. Deliciously festive, perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
WHAT IS MULLED WINE?
When you think of mulled wine, you probably think of Christmas markets, Thanksgiving dinners and skiing trips. Mulled wine is simply red wine infused with warm spices like cinnamon, cloves and star anise as well as some sweeteners. It’s also known as Gluhwein in German or Gløgg in Swedish, where this winter drink is made with slight variations and additions. But it simply a spiced, sweetened red wine served warm. It’s alcoholic, without there are non-alcoholic versions of it. Here are some fun facts about mulled wine history.
STEWING APPLES IN MULLED WINE
With apples coming into season and the weather getting chillier, we thought about making a new recipe with the Instant Pot. Using a pressure cooker method makes stewing apples quick and easy and instead of doing a regular boring version, we thought why not spice it up a little (literally)? The idea for mulled wine stewed apples was born.
There are many recipes for mulled wine but we’ve stuck with a simple version using ingredients you can easily find in your pantry or the supermarket. You can use any kind of apple but something tart like Granny Smith is best for holding its shape and texture. Stewed apples are soft but completely mushy.
Health tip: Cinnamon adds anti-inflammatory properties and helps balance the blood sugar spike that happens after eating sweet fruit. While we used brown sugar in our recipe, you can use low-glycemic index coconut sugar or a low-carb sugar alternative, such Surkin Gold brown sugar-free sweetener.
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT STEWED APPLES
You will find the full list of ingredients, instructions and nutritional breakdown in the recipe card below. Here is a quick video to show you how we made this Instant Pot apple recipe.
HOW TO EAT STEWED APPLES?
These stewed apples can be eaten as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or as a snack or breakfast. We love a cup of warm stewed apples with crunchy granola and plain or coconut yogurt for breakfast. You can easily cook these apples in the evening and store in the fridge to be eaten the next day.
Inspired by the traditional winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas drink, these Instant Pot stewed apples in mulled spiced wine are super delicious and can be served as a dessert with ice cream or with granola and yogurt for breakfast. You can also serve them on top of pancakes or incorporate them into a pie or another dessert.
5 cups thick-sliced apples (10 small, 5 medium, or 4 large apples)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
5 orange peels
Juice of 1/2 orange
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 cup low-sugar alternative)
1 cup good quality red wine
1 tablespoon butter or dairy-free alternative
1 tablespoon plain flour
- Turn the Instant Pot on. Add all ingredients to the pot and stir. Pop the lid on top and lock, making sure the top valve os positioned to Sealing. Press Manual/Pressure Cook and set to HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. The Instant Pot will take 5-10 minutes to come pressure and the timer will begin. Once the timer ends, use a quick release to let off the pressure. DO NOT leave on natural pressure release or the apples will overcook and get too soft.
- Open the lid and stir in the butter. Dissolve a tablespoon of flour in 2 tablespoons of water until smooth and stir into the apples to thicken the liquid.
- Allow cooling slightly before serving with yoghurt and granola or some vanilla ice-cream.
How long will the stewed apples last? About 5 days. Serve warm or leave to cool and store, covered in the fridge, for up to 5 days. You can reheat them before serving or have a sweet snack cold. They are great on pancakes as well.
Low-sugar version: You can reduce the brown sugar to 1/3 or 1/4 cup for a more tart version or use coconut sugar instead. Sugar-free alternative like Surkin Gold is similar to brown sugar but comes at zero carbs/sugar count and can also be used in this recipe.
Keywords: Fruit, Apples, Breakfast, Stewing
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