Sweet Arepas with Caramelized Apples (Arepas Dulces con Manzanas)

Sweet Arepa

Fall is here and its around this time of year that I usually feel a little sad, having to say goodbye to summer, knowing that colder days are on the way. It is never easy for me! Having a bad cold at the moment isn’t helping matters.

Having said that, fall does have it’s up sides! I enjoy the turning of the leaves, the beautiful orange, red, and yellow colors that the season brings. And I of course enjoy the fall produce, like pumpkins, apples and pears.

Today I want to share another apple recipe with you. Sweet Arepas with Caramelized Apples. It is a delicious and simple dessert using one of my favorite Colombian foods… arepas!!

Buen provecho!



  • For the Sweet Arepas:
  • 1 cup masarepa (preecooked cornmeal)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • For the Apples

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 peeled and sliced apples
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. To make the arepas: Combine the masarepa, warm water, cinnamon and sugar, mixing thoroughly. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
  2. Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes, moistening your hands with water as you work.
  3. Form 6 small balls with the dough. Place each ball between 2 plastic bags and with a flat pot cover, flatten to ¼ inch.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy pot to 350 F. Add the arepas in the heated oil one by one, fry for 3 minutes, turning over once about half way through.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the arepas from the oil and drain on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar. Set aside.
  6. To cook the apples:
  7. Place the butter in a skillet and melt over medium-high heat. Add a pinch of salt. Add the apples and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon and cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
  8. Reduce the heat to moderately low, add the water and cook until the apples are almost cooked through and the sugar has melted and is coating the apples in a light syrup.
  9. To assemble: Place the arepas on a platter and top them with the apples and vanilla ice cream.
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  1. says

    I’ve never had a dessert arepa before but seeing as how regular arepas are amazing beyond belief…I’m sure they’re amazing beyond belief squared. What a way to welcome in the fall!

  2. Angelica says

    Hi Erica, I just recently found your blog, I am Colombian and crazy about my Colombian food. I recently made one of your recipes (fish in cocunut sauce) and it was a hit at home. Even my three year old who is so picky with food ate the whole thing! Thank you for posting this recipe with arepa and apples (I don’t like apple pie neither!). My mom used to make us “arepa dulce” when we were kids and it was one of our favorite. I have tried to replicate her special recipe with no success. Hers were so moisty, and sweet and delicious, mine are dried and hard to chew! I will make your recipe to find out if it makes a difference. Thanks again!

  3. says

    That dessert would certainly make any one feel better, it looks fantastic! I’m looking forward to the cooler weather, it’s been such a hot summer. And all the Fall recipes that go along with it! Hope you’re feeling better.

  4. says

    Dear Erica,
    I am creating an online article for my company’s travel website. The title of the article is “The Best Global Apple Dishes and Where to Eat Them.” May I please use your photo of Arepas Dulces con Manzanas in my article? You will be credited by name at the lower right hand corner of the photo. When clicked, it will bring user directly back to your recipe on this website. You can view the article here: http://www.dreamplango.com/article/5251/best-global-apple-dishes-eat. Thank you for sharing your delicious-looking recipe and photo!


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