Apple Barfi {Fudge}

by Kiran on October 21, 2014 · 50 comments

in Desserts, Indian, Vegetarian

Hello friends!

How’s this week treating you so far? I had a great morning catching up with my girlfriend over breakfast before rushing home to take photos for this recipe.

Diwali is just around the corner and I had a few pounds of apples to utilize, besides juicing.

Apple Barfi {Fudge} | @KiranTarun
Have you had an epiphany where ideas seems to be working so well in your brain and it’s equally delicious after taste-testing? This barfi is definitely a game-changer. It’s not really a fudgey-fudge, but definitely a delicious change to what is norm on our Diwali menu.

In the name of desserts, I’m always willing to be more creative 😉

Apple Barfi {Fudge} | @KiranTarun

There’s no binding agent (eggs), so the key is to make sure the apples are cooked down completely without too much liquid, before adding coconut flour.

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  • 6 to 7 apples or 4 heaping cups of diced apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, chopped and pureed
  • 6 tbsp ghee, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • a few strands of saffron
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp orange blossom extract
  • 1/3 cup of fine coconut flour

garnish: chopped raw pistachios


  1. Heat a heavy bottomed vessel (kadhai) on medium high. Once pan is heated, add ghee. Wait for ghee to heat before adding diced and pureed apples with sugar and saffron.
  2. Cook apples until softens. It would take about 15 minutes or so. Stir frequently in between. Cook apples until most of the moisture evaporates and oil separates on the sides.
  3. Add cardamom + cinnamon powder, salt and orange blossom extract. Stir to combine before adding finely ground coconut powder.
  4. Remove kadhai from heat and continue stirring until fudge thickens. Allow fudge/barfi to cool to touch before spreading it in a bread pan, lined with parchment.
  5. Spread barfi evenly and top it with chopped nuts. Cover with a cling wrap and refrigerate for a few hours before slicing and serving!


Apple Barfi {Fudge} | @KiranTarun
Off to clean every nook and cranny of our home before Diwali. There’s so much to dust and I’ll make sure to snack on these deliciousness to boost my cleaning enthusiasm 😉

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Deepavali!!!

Have you tried apple barfi before? What’s on your Diwali menu?


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1 Lail | With A Spin October 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Happy Diwali Kiran. Love the sound of this barfi. Coconut dessert calls for my name.

On a side note, somehow I have been missing your new post notifications. Not sure what happened. Off to check out all the ones I missed.
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2 Kiran October 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Thanks so much, Lail. So sorry about the hiccups on new post notifications. Let me know if you are still having trouble in subscribing 🙂

3 Shibi@FlavzCorner October 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Nice twist to the usual burfi with Apples!! Happy Diwali!!!
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4 Kiran October 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Glad you loved it, Shibi. Thank you and hope you had a great Diwali 🙂

5 Ashley October 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Love the sound of this! And I have so many apples at the moment – this would be a great way to put them to use! 🙂
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6 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Ashley — thank you! put those apples to good use, now 😀

7 Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen October 22, 2014 at 3:24 AM

I have not tried apple barfi before but it certainly sounds delicious and I love that it’s made with coconut flour!
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8 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Sylvie — I’ve never tried it too, until I had a few pounds of apples begging to be used. Turned out so so delicious 😀

9 sue/the view from great island October 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

There are some of my favorite flavors in these bars, so I know I’d love them — and I’m curious about the orange blossom extract, I didn’t know it existed, and now I won’t rest until I get some!
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10 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Sue — you shouldn’t rest until you get to taste orange blossom extract. go get some 😀

11 John@Kitchen Riffs October 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Good tip to completely cook down the apples. This looks like a terrific recipe! Never had apples in fudge — but I will! Thanks for this.
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12 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

John — you are so welcome 🙂

13 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health October 22, 2014 at 2:11 PM

apple burfi, this is so creative!!!
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14 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Dixya — lol, thanks 🙂

15 Rachael | Spache the Spatula October 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Oh yum! This looks so tasty, Kiran!
And you have the best serving ware/props! It’s all so unique and gorgeous!
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16 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Rachael — thank you so much, sweetie 🙂

17 Cailee October 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

YUM!! This looks delicious!! I love apple recipes this time of year!! It’s just so …fall!! It just feels right!! Great job 🙂
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18 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Cailee — thank you so much. i have the same affection for apples this time of the year 🙂

19 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Delicious, gluten-free treat… So perfect for Autumn!
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20 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Thanks Denise!

21 Amy (Savory Moments) October 22, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Oh this looks so good – I love the saffron and cardamom paired with apples. It sounds so tasty! Happy Diwali!
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22 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Amy — thank you so much 🙂

23 Carol at Wild Goose Tea October 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Wow a wonderful yummy. Fudge, but not fudge. I hope you got all cleaned as you envisioned prior to your festival. Enjoy!
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24 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Carol — lol, thanks! yes, it’s a fudge without a fudge 😉

25 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

They look scrumptious! I just love anything with coconut.
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26 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Angie — thanks dear, and I love coconut too!

27 Julia | October 23, 2014 at 2:33 AM

Happy Diwali! That’s a New Year celebration, right? My Indian friends posted these greetings on Facebook so I knew it’s a holiday this week! 🙂 These apple treats look so adorable! Wanna grab one right through the screen!
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28 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Thank you so much, Julia! Yeah, it’s a celebration of good against evil and new year 🙂

29 Choc Chip Uru October 23, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Happy Diwali! What a perfect barfi to try, this is so delicious 😀
I love apple!

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30 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Uru — Happy Diwali to you too 🙂

31 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Happy Diwali, Kiran. This post is full of enthusiasm and joy (despite the cleaning thing :)), I like it! These apple barfi are mouthwatering.
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32 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Daniela — thank you so much, my dear 🙂

33 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 23, 2014 at 4:33 PM

What a treat, I’d love a piece with my tea!
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34 Kiran October 29, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Laura — thank you!

35 Honey, What's Cooking October 24, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Happy Diwali Kiran! This looks gorgeous. I’ve never had apple barfi, never knew it even existed, but I suppose you can turn anything into barfi these days. I love the addition of coconut flour. And I love the photo with the diyas. You really should consider doing a post on photography, your work is amazing!!!
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36 Kiran October 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Thanks Nisha and a very Happy Diwali to you too! I’ve never had apple barfi before as well but thought why not try creating it with pounds of apples I had laying around, begging to be used 😀

ps: I’m working on an ebook for food photography!

37 Samina | The Cupcake Confession October 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I’ve been eating my weight in Barfis since the past week but nothing even comes CLOSE to this delish beauty! Apple barfis? YUMMMMM I’m sooooo making these while the festive spirit lasts! hehe! <3
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38 Kiran October 30, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Samina — yay! let me know how it tastes!! ’tis the season for barfis 😉

39 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy October 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

These barfi look and sound so terrific! Cant wait to try. Hope you had a fun and safe Diwali!
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40 Kiran October 30, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Tanvi — thanks love and hope you had a great Diwali with the family, too 🙂

41 Sugar et al. October 24, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Goodness me..this is absolute perfection! Happy Diwali Kiran..though belated I hope you had a great one. I would be over-indulging if I had access to these:-)
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42 Kiran October 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Sonali — Happy Belated Diwali to you too! I’d be happy to over-indulge with you 🙂

43 Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking October 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

This look simply amazing! I could use some right now with my tea!Yummy pictures and recipe of curse!
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44 Kiran October 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Thanks Sandra 🙂

45 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 27, 2014 at 7:50 AM

I’ve never tasted apple fudge but it sounds really good. I also admit that I don’t know much about Diwali. I’m off to do some research. All I know (and I’m embarrassed about this) is that there are lights, people clean everything and buy new clothes. I’m sure that’s just the incidentals.
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46 Kiran October 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Maureen — i’ve never tasted it until recently, when I was forced to do something with pounds of apples we had begging to be used. it’s never too late to learn about Diwali, my friend 🙂

47 Raymund October 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Looks like a very delicious dessert!
very nice fruit bar recipe
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48 Kiran October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Thanks Raymund! 🙂

49 Meeta October 29, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Hope you had a great Diwali Kiran. Simply awesome and palatable barfi flavors here – inspires me to new levels!
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50 Kiran October 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Thanks Meeta! Hope you had a great Diwali too 🙂 xo

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