I almost always have a few apple slices lying sad and forlorn in my refrigerator. They end up there courtesy of Bean, who loves a nice crisp piece of fruit but can never finish the whole thing. Sometimes I eat them myself. Sometimes they languish until they're brown and soft enough to merit a trip to the compost bin. I needed some way to rescue them from this fate.
Help came from Paris. In French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano gives a wonderfully simple recipe for a faux apple tart. Instead of pastry, you lay quartered apples on a cabbage leaf, sprinkle with sugar and butter, and bake until tender. This seemed like just the thing to turn Bean's leftover snack apple into a diabetic friendly dessert treat. Tonight, I made it happen - vegan style, of course.
There they are: Granny Smith apple slices (about two ounces worth), topped with cinnamon-sugar mixture (a scant 1/4 teaspoon all together), dotted with Earth Balance, and sprinkled with ground flax seeds. No cabbage leaf base, though, because I was fresh out.
After eight minutes in a 375F toaster oven, I pulled them and sprinkled on some flaked almonds. Then they went back to brown for another seven minutes.
The final product, presented for your inspection...
...and eaten for my dessert enjoyment. Quick, easy, lower-carb, and highly recommended - even without the cabbage. Or maybe because it's without the cabbage. Better not to worry too much about the cabbage.
Instead, I look forward to tomorrow - more diabetic friendly sweets! Or maybe a snack. I haven't decided yet. Drop by in the evening and find out...