Sunday, February 20, 2011

Caramelized Apple Topping

Developed November 18, 2007.
1/2 T unsalted butter
2 T dark brown sugar, packed
1 T water
1 t lime juice
1 large cooking apple, peeled, quartered, cored, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4 t cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
pinch each of salt and freshly-ground pepper
Heat a heavy 8-inch skillet over medium-high, cook the butter until bubbling dies down. Add the brown sugar, stirring to dissolve, and then add water and juice. Boil the syrup for a minute or two until it begins to thicken. Add the sliced apples and turn to coat with syrup. Add seasonings. Cook for a few minutes until the apples begin to get soft, turning often. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook another 5 minutes covered until tender. Serve warm as a topping over vanilla ice cream, pancakes, or pound cake.
Optional: Stir in a 2 T of toasted pecans just before serving.