If you’re looking for a cold weather dessert that’s as delicious as it is effortless, look no further than this simple Bon Appetit preparation for poached apples!
Halved and cored firm, green apples are gently simmered in a simple syrup until soft.
The poaching liquid can be reduced to a syrup, to drizzle over the finished dessert. Depending on how sweet you like your fruit based desserts, you may opt to forgo this step as the apples themselves will be quite sweet from the cooking liquid.
I topped the sweet apples with some unsweetened whipped cream and toasted, sliced almonds for some crunch. You could serve this with your favourite vanilla ice cream or gelato, marrying the flavours to enhance the apples.
You could also use different nuts, especially since most will complement the apples: pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts or even some pine nuts. They do add a lot to the dish in terms of flavour and texture, but if you can’t eat nuts, substitute something else with crunch – perhaps toasted coconut, granola.
- 2 large firm apples (1/2 per person) unpeeled, seeds removed, stem left on
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Pinch salt
- Splash of cider vinegar
- *Garnishes: softly whipped cream, sliced & toasted almonds, etc
- Put the water, sugar, butter, salt & cider vinegar in a medium pot and bring to a boil.
- Carefully lower the apples into the sugar syrup mixture. Let it come back up to a boil, drop it to a simmer, and let the apples poach for 15 - 20 minutes; you want them soft but intact, so they could be eaten with a spoon.
- Once they’re cooked, use a slotted spoon or tongs to carefully transfer them to a plate for later.
- Place an apple half into each of four bowls, give each one a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of the reduced syrup, if using. Top them off with a sprinkling of toasted almonds and serve.
- Turn up the heat under the apple-poaching liquid, and reduce it until it starts bubbling a lot and becomes a thick, caramel-like syrup, 20 - 30 minutes. Let it cool slightly before serving.
- *Tip: the apples can be served warm or at room temperature.