We really don’t tend to be dessert people in this house. On occasion Jon and I will have a small bowl of vanilla ice cream – his with chocolate on top and mine with a sprinkle of cinnamon. But thats generally it. After dinner, we simply don’t have dessert.
In my quest to find gluten free dishes to make, dessert is still important. This is especially important to me since we tend to go to quite a few potlucks, and for some reason sitting around a room full of people having dessert somehow makes me want some too! The problem with this, is that most desserts consist of some type of gluten laden pastry, that looks fabulous, but my body can’t have any of.
So here is my first foray into gluten free desserts! Super easy, super yum, and can be brought to a potluck with little fuss. My mouth waters every time I look at this picture.4 organic Gala or Fuji apples halved crosswise and cored (if these aren’t available in your area, get whichever red apple is the sweetest)2 tsp. lemon juice2 tbs dark brown sugar1/4 tsp ground cinnamon1 cup grade B organic maple syrup1/8 tsp salt1/2 cup whole raw walnuts
1. Preheat your oven at 400 F
2. After halfing and coring the apples, brush with some of the lemon juice to keep from browning. Then arrange apples, cut side up in a baking dish like a corning ware dish.
3. Combine cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl and mix. Sprinkle them over the apples in the dish, covering as much of the cut apple surface as possible.
4. Pour maple syrup into the bottom of the baking dish, then cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Uncover, and bake for another 15 minutes or until apples are soft.
5. Remove apples and place them on a serving dish. Take remainder of lemon juice, salt, and syrup left from the baking dish and pour into a sauce pan. Boil and continually whisk until its reduced to a thick syrup – about 2 minutes. Stir in raw walnuts and then spoon over apples and serve warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This dessert is best enjoyed when in a cabin up high in the snowy mountains with a roaring fire in the background. Trust me. Despite the fact that ice cream is involved there was a feeling I was creating a sense of warmth and home for Jon and I while eating it. So so yummy!