The Insanely Easy 15-Minute Dessert to Try This Holiday Season

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

When it comes to dessert, I’m a bit of a traditionalist (i.e. I don’t want bacon in my cookies, thank you very much), and what’s more traditional this time of a year than an apple pie? While I could attempt a low-fat or gluten-free pie crust to impress you, I’m sure I’d be hard-pressed to come up with a recipe that tastes as good as the real deal, and that just doesn’t work for me.

So in the vein of my crust-less pumpkin pie from last month, I decided that the most sensible route would be to forge on with the elemental ingredients; after all, the velvety smooth, sweet and tender filling in an apple pie is the best part. Agreed?

This dessert is quick and easy enough for a weekday after-school snack but elegant enough for company. Experiment with different spices or purchase some cinnamon gelato to really up the ante. Best part? You’re just 15 minutes away from this new, lightened up classic.

Apple Pie Rings
Serves four

2 Macintosh Apples, peeled and cored
1½ tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
Pinch salt
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Vanilla ice cream, for serving

1. Preheat broiler and arrange oven rack to top setting.
2. Slice apples horizontally into ¼-inch slices. Stir sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay slices on sheet and brush butter on both sides of apple slices.
4. Broil apples for 5-7 minutes or until bubbling and starting to turn golden brown.
5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Return to oven and broil about 2 minutes longer, watching carefully to make sure they don’t burn.
6. Remove from oven and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Per serving (without ice cream): 116 calories, 6 fat grams, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 81 milligrams sodium, 100 milligrams potassium, 17 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 14 grams sugar.

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Becca Boyd is a wife and mom who creates healthy and delicious recipes in her West Chester kitchen. She blogs about them on her website, Home Beccanomics.

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