Thursday, December 16, 2010

Apple Tart Without Dough

For all of you who want to avoid pastry, here is a recipe for an apple tart which I love, and one which gives you the satisfaction of having a dessert without guilt. You may have to shift the way you think about dessert, but it will give you a satisfying  way to do it. And since Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat is best at helping us all stay slender, I'm giving you one of the recipes out of her book.

And here is what Mireille has to say about this recipe: "The following recipe for an apple tart without a crust is less sweet--lower in calories--but more nutritional than what one finds in pastry shops, delis, or supermarkets. Homemade versus prepared food: a universe of difference. Read labels and start avoiding foods whose ingredients sound like chemical weapons."  

Apple Tart Without Dough
Serves 4                                                                    

4 medium-sized Golden Delicious apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cabbage leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Dots of butter
1.  Peel and core the apples, cut into quarters, slice each quarter into thirds, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Place the appless on the cabbage leaves, shaping the slices like those on a small tart.
2. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Mix the sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle almost all of it on the apple slices (leaving enough to cover the dots of butter). Add small dots of butter and cover with the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture. Bake the tart in  the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Mireille says: "You don't need to eat the cabbage leaves, though you can; they are for presentation and don't affect the tart."

I hope all your plans for the holiday are taking shape and things are looking good for a healthy happy holiday!!!

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