Warm apples baked and browned with butter spiced with cinnamon and ginger and sprinkled with pine nuts, served in a cup with whipped cream speckled with cinnamon is a simple and elegant easy desserts that smells and tastes of all special occasions. In healthy recipes, the apples are baked in the oven until it turns a nice golden color.
Apple gratin also makes an excellent side dish to pot roasts and turkey. The pine nuts give it crunch and flavor and the cream makes it sweet and luscious. Lemon juice is poured over the apple slices before they are baked to give them an extra zest and tang for a truly superb dish that is an excellent finish to a great meal. Pair this dish with Calvados for a spectacular time while watching fireworks display or a romantic night in front of the fireplace or under the full moon.
Gratin is a French culinary technique where the top of dish is browned to form a crispy crust. Typically, breadcrumbs, cheese, eggs and/or butter are used to obtain a golden crust. In this recipe, butter is used to brown the apples and give them a subtle crisp. The apples are baked until tender and soft, which goes spectacularly well with the whipped cream. Hot chocolate also pairs well with this heart-warming dessert.
Ingredients: 2 lbs. apples, 5 ½ tablespoons butter, 2 lemons, 1.76 oz. (about 3 ½ tablespoons) pine nuts, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, 5 ½ tablespoons sugar, 3/4 cup creme fraiche (heavy cream)
Peel and core the apples, then cut into quarters. Place the apple quarters in a concave, ovenproof plate. Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice over the apples. Preheat the oven. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and ginger powder. Add the pine nuts. Cut the butter in small pieces and layer them on the apples. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow cool until the plate is lukewarm. Place the cold cream in an iced bowl. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder. Beat the cream until fluffy. Serve the lukewarm apples with the cinnamon and cream in a cup.
The best apples for caking are Granny Smith, Rome, and McIntosh apples. Other scrumptious apples popularly used in cooking or baking are Gala, Golden Delicious, and Jonathan apples. This recipe is also a great way to preserve apples if you have a lot of them and they are about to become overripe. You can also use different kinds of apples to make this recipe for a more complex tasting dish. The different textures are quite interesting in the palate.