Vegan Apples in the French Style Recipe

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Vegan apples in the French style recipe. This is a quick, informal dessert, adapted from Nigel Slater, and which I have renamed Apples in the French Style A La Mode. It is simply apples cooked in a brandy sozzled syrup, served over warm croissants, topped with your favourite vanilla, plant based ice cream.

I was so happy to see the Pret a Manger vegan croissants in the freezers of my local Tesco, but if your local store doesn’t stock these, the ones that Pillsbury do in a can are also vegan!

I love this vegan apples in the French style recipe because it tastes so chic, so Parisienne and is a quick, easy vegan dessert.

What Are The Best Cooking Apples?

I use Bramley cooking apples because they have the best flavour and retain their shape during cooking. Also, you get a lot of apple for your buck with these huge cooking ones!

I don’t recommend eating cooking apples raw as they are quite tart, and taste quite different to smaller eating apples, however they are so perfect for baking or cooking. However, some cooking apples do tend to leach a little more liquid than eating, or can go a little “foamy” when you first start to cook them. This can cause the infamous soggy bottom in apple pies!

However, because we are simply cooking them in a buttery, caramelly sauce, we don’t need to worry too much here.

If you only have eating apples in your fruit bowl at home and can’t be bothered to go and find some Bramleys, don’t worry! These will be just fine. You may need to use a couple more, as they are much smaller than cooking apples, and they make take a little longer to cook down, but they will work fine.

Do not use crab apples. These are really best in a jam or chutney, where they have been cooked down slowly with lots of sugar and other flavourings to minimize the deeply astringent flavour.

How Do I Make Vegan Apples in the French Style?

Vegan Apples in the French Style Recipe
Vegan Apples in the French Style Recipe

This recipe is very simple.

  • Peel your apples, core them, then cut them into quarters. Then cut those quarters into quarters! If you are using a smaller apple, you may not need to cut your apples so fine. You are aiming for an apple slice about 1/2″ thickness.
  • Add the slices in a single layer to some melted vegan butter and make sure they are coated. Let them cook slowly for a minute or two and then sprinkle over some brown sugar.
  • Cook for a little longer then turn up the heat an add a splash of brandy or apple juice or cider and let whoosh up. This will help the butter and sugar sauce amalgamate and become unctious.
  • Then, slice your croissants, not all the way through, but lengthwise and open up like a book. Warm gently under a grill.
  • Drizzle your apple slices and sauce over your opened, warmed croissant and top with your favourite vanilla ice cream.

For another simple but sophisticated sweet, click here for my vegan Florentines recipe. They would be delicious served alongside this!

Vegan Apples in the French Style Recipe
Vegan Apples in the French Style Recipe

Vegan Apples in the French Style Recipe

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: 30 Minute Dessert, Vegan Desserts
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 large Cooking Apples, cored, quartered, then quartered again
  • 25g Vegan Butter
  • 2 tbsp Golden Caster Sugar
  • Slosh of Brandy (apple brandy if you have it. If not, use apple juice instead)
  • 2 Croissants, vegan
  • 1 Plant-Based Vanilla Ice Cream


  • Melt the butter in a sauté pan
  • Once starting to gently sizzle, add the apple slices.
  • Cook until starting to go golden on each side, no more than five minutes
  • Add the sugar and brandy, let it all whoosh up and coat the apple pieces
  • Cook gently for another couple of minutes.
  • In meantime, split the croissants and warm under a hot grill, do not toast though.
  • Pour the bronzed and sticky apples over the split, warmed croissants and put a couple of scoops of ice cream on each half.
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  1. 5 stars
    what a great way to enjoy croissants, looks so delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh.My.Gosh. These were knock your socks off amazing! Apples are one of my favorite fruits and the way these apples tasted with the butter and the brandy was otherworldly!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow, this is a great recipe, for when it’s apple harvest time. Pairing apples with croissants, I never thought of that but now I want some for breakfast.

  4. 5 stars
    What a simple yet delicious dessert! These apples were so good served with homemade ice cream!

  5. 5 stars
    I was thinking of apple pies all day yesterday! It’s not even August, but it feels as if autumn is here – especially with the fussy UK weather!:) Also, my old apple tree at the allotment is absolutely bending under the weight of the fruits, all cooking apples. It’s gonna be a good autumn! This croissant sounds great, especially in the cider version for the apples:))

  6. 5 stars
    This will be perfect for our family gathering! So delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    This is really amazing! Love that it’s healthy and delicious!!

  8. 5 stars
    This sounds crazy good! Bookmarked for the weekend!!

    Katie xoxo

  9. This looks really good! My coworker always brings in apples during the fall. Now I have a new recipe to try! Thank you

  10. Cindy Moore says:

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I’ll be trying.

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