- Layers of flavor
- Great texture
- Easy to create
While this recipe certainly aces the first two criteria, it does require a bit more time, focus and effort in the kitchen than I typically like to spend. I save this recipe for birthdays, holidays, or when I really want to impress someone…so, approximately twice a year. Probably less now that I have a toddler and NOTHING gets done in a timely manner anymore. Okay. Ever.
If you’re willing to take the time, this is definitely worth the effort.
Ingredients for Brown Butter Apples:
- 5-6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick. I suggest using a tasty apple like Gala or Honeycrisp.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamon
Ingredients for Crumble:
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2-3 Tbsp coconut crystals or other low-glycemic sweetener
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon a sprinkle of nutmeg pinch of salt
Preparation for Apples:
- Brown the butter in a small sauce pan. Be sure to watch it closely. The difference in a lovely rich nutty flavor and the acrid burnt taste is just seconds apart. If you’re unsure how to make brown butter, here is a video.
- In a large skillet on medium-high heat, sauté apples with butter, ginger and spices until apples are slightly tender.
- Add vanilla extract and honey at the very end of cooking process and mix thoroughly.
- Transfer apples and any remaining butter sauce in the bottom of the pan to a glass baking dish.
Preparation for Crumble:
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Melt butter and stir in vanilla extract and honey.
- Pour butter and vanilla mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with your hands.
- Sprinkle over the top of apples and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Serve with 1 part heavy cream and 1 part marscarpone whipped together with a dash of vanilla and stevia or honey.