|The exquisite Long and Slow Apples|
This week, the recipe chosen for French Fridays is Long and Slow Apples. Honestly, when I read the schedule, I thought we would be making applesauce. This is no applesauce. It’s a lovely layered dessert that presents beautifully.
This dish consists of thinly sliced apples, sugar, spices (Dorie suggests ginger and coriander) butter, and orange zest. It was wonderfully easy, but time consuming. You begin by peeling and slicing four firm apples. I chose Fugi! I tried slicing the apples by hand and realized it would take me forever so, I took out my mandolin. I guess my knife skills could use some improving! The mandolin worked great, and made the job quite easy. Assemble the dish by layering very thin slices of apples in ramekins, buttering each layer lightly, sprinkling the layer with the sugar spice mix, adding a touch of the orange zest and continue layering until all apple slices are used up. Cover each ramekin with plastic wrap (Dorie says it won’t melt), and foil. Put the ramekins on a baking sheet, and weigh each ramekin down with another ramekin. Bake for 2 hours in a 300° oven.
The apples did shrink down considerably, making me a bit worried. Not to worry…they were perfect! They developed such a rich and luscious flavor. I served mine with whipped cream, but I could imagine ice cream or lightly sweetened crème fraiche would be wonderful, too!
I loved this dessert. Simple and yet so elegant…delicious!! Something I could imagine eating in a fine French cafe.
Would you believe my husband said, after eating this exquisite dessert, he preferred Apple Betty! REALLY!! There is just no accounting for taste!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook, "Around My French Table” or you could find it here at the LA Times. To see how the other Doristas did with their Long and Slow Apples, check it out here.
|Sliced apples ready for layering|
|Ramekins layered to the top|
|Wrap ramekins in plastic wrap and then foil…place on baking sheet|
|Weigh down with another ramekin|
|After you take off the foil, you will see that they have shrunk….no worries!|
|Elegant enough for a dinner party|
|Look at all those layers of apple….yum|
|This was so lovely….even though some people prefer Apple Betty….I’m not one of them!|