This is a spiced up variation of a delicious dessert served at La Riera restaurant in Sant Marti Vell, in Spain’s Emporda region. Be sure to prepare it several hours before serving as it must cool to be unmolded.
6 Jonagold or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup heavy cream
5 large eggs
1. In large saucepan over low heat, combine apples, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Cook 15 minutes or until apples are soft. Puree in blender or food processor and set aside. In small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture turns a golden amber color, indicating that the sugar has caramelized. Remove from heat and carefully stir in spices (mixture may sputter). Immediately pour caramelized sugar into a 2-quart oven-proof mold, turning the mold to coat the entire bottom with caramelized sugar; set aside.
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In small saucepan, bring cream to boil; immediately remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. In large bowl, beat eggs well; gradually add cream, beating constantly. Fold in apple puree; pour mixture in caramel coated mold. Place large roasting pan in oven; fill pan 1 inch up with water; place flan mold in center of pan and bake 1 1/2 hours or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
3. Cool flan to room temperature; dip bottom of mold into warm water to melt caramel bottom slightly. Invert flan onto rimmed serving platter and remove mold. Serve.
2 large Golden Delicious apples
1/2 cup plus 4 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup water
4 tablespoons butter
4 sheets filo dough (12 X 17 inch)
8 teaspoons finely ground unblanched almonds
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1. Peel and core apples; cut each into eighths. In large skillet, combine 1/2 cup sugar and water. Over low heat, stir mixture until sugar dissolves, then cook, without stirring, about 15 minutes until mixture is caramel colored.
2. Stir in apple slices and 1 tablespoon butter (caramelized sugar will harden slightly, then dissolve). Cook 12-15minutes or until apple is tender.
3. Meanwhile, prepare filo. Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Melt remaining butter. Brush one filo sheet with some butter; sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar and 2 teaspoons almonds over buttered filo. On top of this sheet, repeat layering, using 3 more sheets filo and the remaining butter, sugar and almonds.
4. Cut out eight 3-inch rounds from layered filo; place in ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
5. To serve, place one round of filo on each serving plate. Top each with 2 apple slices. Place another layer filo on top and then spoon on remaining apples. Garnish with vanilla ice cream and serve.
A great take-along snack packed with the goodness of grains and fruit.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large egg whites
1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts
2 tablespoons flaked coconut (optional)
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir to blend.
2. Add buttermilk, oil, and egg whites; beat just until blended. Stir in apple, dried fruit, and nuts. Spread batter evenly in pan and top with coconut, if desired. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and cut into 10 bars.