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Oct 17, 2006 09:36 PM

Need A Quick Apple Desert, Not A Lot of Ingredients

I bought a variety of locally grown apples from one of the nurseries in my area this weekend. I'd like to make something very easy, with very few ingredients since my cupboards are a bit bare at the moment. Something which doesn't require a specific type of apple be used - I'm looking to try out what I have and frankly, I can't even remember what most of them are.

The only thing I don't want to do is make a pie (too time consuming) or baked apples only because my husband doesn't care for them (although, I do). I'm thinking something carmelized would be nice.

Any good quickie ideas?

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  1. What about a Waldorf Salad with your dinner??


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    1. re: Davwud

      Nice idea, but not exactly a desert :-)

      1. re: sivyaleah

        I know. I was just throwing it out there in case you didn't consider an alternative.


    2. Dutch Baby or German Apple Pancake goes together quickly. It's an eggy pancake, so sorta like a puffed crepe. I usually don't put apples in the batter (for quickness. Just pour the batter in a pan and bake. While it is baking sautee apples in butter, sugar and cinnamon. When pancake is finished pour the apples in and fold in half. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Good with ice cream or whipped cream.

      You can google for the pancake. I used to use the one from the original Vegetarian Epicure, but I can't find it online. There are many others online with varying serving sizes.

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      1. re: coconutz

        This is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, great suggestion. I wonder if it will work with 1% milk tho? Probably not - the batter may be too thin. If it wasn't pouring out, I'd go get some whole milk but maybe I'll just save it for for tomorrow instead. I looked up the recipe online and actually found an interesting version from Bobby Flay, that really pushed it to a decadent level, had a Calvados Caramel sauce with it - yum!

        1. re: sivyaleah

          I'd just add a bit of extra butter to offset the 1% milk. I'm sure I've made it with 2%. Any kind of caramel sauce on it would be a great over the top addition.

      2. How about Apple Brown Betty (probably the simplest of the pie, crumble, cobbler, grunt, slump, crisp group of baked fruit desserts)?

        Eg, a recipe from the late Edna Lewis, a great chef:

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        1. re: Karl S

          In the same family as the brown betty is a nice apple crisp. Peel, core, and slice/chunk two or three apples. Place in a baking dish, sprinkle with lemon juice, grated or powdered ginger, and a teaspoon or two of sugar (depends on whether your apples or sweet or not). In a bowl, mix half a stick of softened butter, about a half cup of brown sugar, two generous handsful (around a cup) of quick oats, a tablespoon of flour, some cinnamon, vanilla, and a handful of chopped walnuts. No need to measure any of this--wildly differing proportions will still yield decent results. Sprinkle/spread the topping over the fruit and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Sometimes I sub pecans for the walnuts, or Steen's cane syrup or maple syrup for the sugar.

        2. I do a stove-top Tart Tatin, with caramelized apples in a store-bought (souped up) graham cracker crust:

          Take enough apples to fit a 12 inch skillet, peel and core.

          Take 1/4 stick butter and 1/2 pound brown sugar, melt and caramelize in pan just short of candy-stage.

          Add apples, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/2 stick butter, stir on high heat until apples are soft but not mushy.

          Remove apples into crust; reduce juice/ liquid in pan to caramel stage, pour into crust. Done.

          I've done it in as little as 25 minutes. The peeling is the toughest part. (For extra oomf- while apples are cooking, work the remaining 1/4 stick of butter into the crust and toast the crust for 5 min. in 400 degree oven.

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          1. re: petezee

            This is very interesting to me - I like the idea of the graham cracker crust w/the carmelized apples. I'm definately going to remember this one. A lot of people in my extended family would really like this a lot. Thanks for posting this!

          2. The recipe linked below, for Ligita's Quick Apple Cake, from the late food writer Richard Sax, is surely one of the easiest desserts to throw together. It's brown butter flavor is quite sophisticated, and it's great served warm with vanilla ice cream.

            The recipe is actually spelled out under the reviews of sax's cookbook - scroll down a bit to find it.


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            1. re: btnfood

              That has to be the easiest cake recipe I've ever seen! I have all the ingredients - who wouldn't? I'm actually going to make that right now!


              1. re: sivyaleah

                btnfood, I made the cake earlier and just served it to my husband. He loved it. The only thing I did different was add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, just a personal preference. This really is a very simple, delightful and easy to make quick cake which is made from ingredients most people have at home all the time. I bet it would have been even better with the vanilla ice cream, but I didn't have any in the house.

                Thanks again for posting this link - it will become one of my standbys for now on.