Alice Medrich in her cookbook PURE DESSERT has a recipe for microwaved thinly sliced apples she calls Summer Apple Carpaccio. The apple halves take 45 seconds to cook in the microwave oven and have less than a teaspoon of sugar each. The apple slices become soft and almost transparent but still crunchy and they are served either fanned or shaped to look like garden roses. She suggests pairing them with Rose Water and Mint ice cream or drizzle with caramel ssauce. I adapted her ice cream recipe using orange blossom water because I was not sure if I will like the rose water flavor, doubled the mint leaves for a stronger mint flavor, and increased the milk by just half a cup. The ice cream flavors are so good together and perfect with the simple sweet apple. And the rose apple "petals" look pretty and fun to eat. The apples are also fantastic with Salted Caramel ice cream.
recipes are adapted from PURE DESSERT by Alice Medrich
- Cut the apples in half lengthwise. Peel and core. Place one half apple cut side down on a cutting board and cut crosswise into 1/8 inch slices, leaving the slices in place. Transfer into a saucer, sprinkle with ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar, cover with a bowl, and microwave on high for 45 seconds (1000 watts oven). Cook one half apple at a time.
- Fan the cooked apple and transfer on a serving plate using an offset spatula. Or shape into roses. Cool completely before shaping. Twist the middle slice without removing it, into a cone to form the bud at the center of the rose. Wrap one or two adjacent slices partially around the bud to resemble the inner petals of the rose. Continue to arrange the adjacent slices, working from the center outward, until the apple looks like an open garden rose. Use an offset spatula to transfer the rose to a serving plate.
Orange Blossom Water And Mint Ice Cream
1 cup whole milk
12 mint leaves
½ cup sugar
1½ teaspoons orange blossom water, more or less to taste
2½ cups heavy whipping cream
- Blend the mint leaves and milk in a blender. Strain milk through a very fine sieve into a measuring bowl with spout. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Add the orange blossom water and heavy whipping cream, stir to combine. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn for 20 minutes. Transfer into an ice cream container and freeze until scoopable. Serve with apple carpaccio rose.