March 8, 2013
I was inspired by a recipe that I found here. Of course, Giulia’s photos of the Apple Slice are gorgeous and appealing, unlike the ones I have posted here for you of my rendition! However, I could not let my photos stop me from posting this here for you today. This is reminiscent of a French Clafouti and uses very little flour. I completely love this and will be making it again. I made a few changes to her recipe which included translating it into American Measurements and then adjusting the cooking temperature and time as I did not want blackened bottoms on my slices. I have recommended an 8 X 8 baking dish for this, but I believe you could also get away with using an 8 X 6 dish and come away with an even denser custard. In my photo the apples (which had cinnamon on them) almost look like home fried potatoes! Believe me, this tastes nothing like a breakfast casserole. I wonder if a bit more butter and a bit less cinnamon would have given a more appealing and browned look in these photos. I hope you try this one.
Recipe for Apple Slice
Adapted from Alteredkitchen
12 oz Sliced Granny Smith Apples (about 2 1/2 large apples)
2 Tablespoons Amaretto (Almond Liquor or your choice)
2 oz Sugar, divided into 1 oz portions
1 tsp Lemon Zest
3 oz All Purpose Flour
1 cup (8 oz Milk) – I used Lactaid Fat Free Milk
1/4 tsp fresh ground Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cardamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
Scant Shake of Cinnamon (don’t want to overwhelm the apples)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Peel and slice the apples into thin slices. I used 2 and half apples to come up with 12 oz. In a small bowl, mix together 2 Tablespoons of the Amaretto and 1 oz of the sugar with the apple slices. Let this sit while you prepare the custard/flour mixture.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining 1 oz of sugar, zest of lemon, flour, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla. Add the milk slowly to this mixture, beating all the while. Next add the apple slices to the mixture and mix lightly with your spatula. Prepare the 8 X 8 baking dish, I used spray canola oil to grease the dish. Pour the batter into the dish. Sprinkle with the brown sugar, cut up the butter and dot over the apple mixture. Add a scant shake of cinnamon to the top. Cover the dish with foil.
Bake for 20 minutes, remove the foil, place back in the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes. Let these cool before slicing. Enjoy!