Apples with Maple-Mascarpone Cheese

Product Wellness Keys
  • Fat Free
  • Fruits - Vegetables
  • Heart Healthy
  • Gluten Free
  • High Calcium
  • High Fiber
  • Lactose Free
  • Low Calorie
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • Sugar Free
  • Vegan
  • Lean
  • Whole Grain
  • Diabetes
  • High Calorie
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Nutritional Info
Each serving (1 apple) contains 260 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, (3 g fiber), 2 g protein, 8 g fat, (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, and 15 mg sodium.
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  • Calories per Serving: 260
  • Servings: 8
  • Active Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time to Make: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Ingredients

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Simple Syrup
Filling
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Poaching Liquid
Topping

You'll Need

Pastry bag (or zip-style plastic bag), silpat or parchment paper, mandoline

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Prepare garnish: Make simple syrup by adding sugar, water, 1/2 tsp lemon zest, and lime zest to medium saucepan on MED-LOW. Cook, stirring, 10 min, until syrupy. Dip Granny Smith apple slices in syrup; place in single layer on silpat or double parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 2 hours, until crisp and dry (slices will dry and crisp up further as they cool). As apple slices bake, prepare rest of recipe.
     
  2. Prepare filling: Blend mascarpone with maple syrup; chill until ready to use.
      
  3. Prepare poaching liquid: Add saffron to pear liqueur for a few min to allow it to "bloom." Add liqueur with saffron, wine, cider, water, cinnamon sticks, 1/8 tsp lemon zest, clove, maple syrup, and honey to stockpot on LOW. Stir; let mixture come to a simmer.
     
  4. Add whole mini-Empire apples; cook 20-25 min, until tender but not falling apart. Remove from liquid; transfer to clean platter. Chill, covered, 2 hours. 
     
  5. Bring poaching liquid to rapid simmer by raising heat to MED-HIGH. Cook until reduced by half.
      
  6. To serve: Center apple on plate. Pipe mascarpone into apple core cavity. Drizzle with poaching glaze; top with crumbled cookies and garnish with 2-3 dried apple slices.
Chef Tips
  • Make sure to use Spanish Saffron in this recipe, rather than the American variety.
  • Extra dried apple slices are great for snacks, served with ice cream or broken up for other garnishing.
  • To substitute zip-style plastic bag for pastry bag, just fill with mascarpone, zip closed (pressing out air) and clip the tip of one end. Squeeze cheese through this small opening to pipe into apple cores.

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