Apple Pie Rings

Feb 26th

I enjoy making desserts that are authentic (white flour, white sugar) though as I sift through recipe ideas I discard those that start off with 1 c. heavy cream or 1 c. butter. Apple pie, when made with my oil crust, is “middle of the road” on the unhealthy spectrum, but it still clocks in over 500 calories with silly amounts of sugar. 

To lighten up my favorite dessert while sticking with my real-deal mentality, I needed to forego the crust. This led me to cobbler (not exactly healthfood, technically the crust is just on top). Just before I tossed the idea entirely I stumbled across a recipe for “apple rings” and realized 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

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.

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6. Remove from oven and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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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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