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Saffron Poached Apples With Maple Mascarpone

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This dessert recipe from Italian cuisine can be served as a side dish and this tasty salad can be boiled before serving .
Ingredients
  Granny smith apple 1⁄2 , sliced thin on a mandoline
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Lemon zest 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lime zest 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Mascarpone cheese 4 Ounce (Cheese Shop)
  Maple syrup 1 Tablespoon (Wegmans)
  Apples 8 Small, peeled and cored (Empire)
  Saffron 1 Pinch (Spice Islands Pure)
  Liqueur 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dry white wine 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Apple cider 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Wegmans)
  Water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Cinnamon sticks 2 (Mccormick Gourmet Collection)
  Lemon zest 1 Pinch
  Ground cloves 1 Pinch (Mccormick Gourmet)
  Maple syrup 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Wegmans)
  Clover honey 1 Tablespoon (Wegmans)
  Molasses cookies 4 , crumbled (Wegmans Old Fashioned)
Directions

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

1. Prepare garnish: Make simple syrup by adding sugar, water, and citrus zests to medium saucepan on MEDIUM-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, reserved pinch of 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 MEDIUM-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.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Taste: 
Sweet
Interest: 
Holiday
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Apple
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
4
This season when apples are in plenty try making this awesome poached apple dessert which is so easy to make and tastes royal. You will never take apples for granted after having this dessert that brings out the true flavors of the fruit.

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