Grilled Apple Slices with Caramel-Mascarpone Cream (Pacific Northwest)

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 Servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Apples:
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 4 Fuji or Pippin apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Cream:
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted (see Cook's Note)
Directions

For the apples: Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Spray the grill pan with vegetable oil cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, toss together the apple slices and safflower oil. Grill until lightly charred, about 2 minutes on each side. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and ginger. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the grilled apple slices.

For the cream: In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the maple syrup, cream and butter over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook, until the mixture turns golden, about 4 minutes. Set the pan aside to cool slightly. Add the mascarpone cheese and whisk until the mixture is smooth.

Divide the apple slices among 4 small plates. Drizzle with the cream. Sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts and serve.

Cook's Note: To toast the hazelnuts, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.


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