Caramelized Apple in Balsamic Glaze


Caramelized Apple in Balsamic Glaze

Men and women, who came from which planet? Are they all belong to different worlds or they do have most of the things in common? What does one say, what does the other understand is a matter almost old as the existence of human. One of my closest friends who has an on and off relationship with lots of difficulties but with a deep affection announced that everything was back on the track and they resolved their long running issues. I am so glad to see my friend’s face smiling again after a long period of sadness and despair. Now they are ready to continue to enjoy the fruit of Eden, namely apple, together again.

Brown sugar and apple

The apple tree was said to be the earliest tree cultivated and it was there even in the story of Adam and Eve becoming a symbol of temptation and the fall of man into sin. According to most of the references apple is the sin itself. It is also the sign for knowledge, remember the Newton who is believed to find the rule of gravity thanks to an apple falling down from a tree on his head.

You would think that I am obsessed with apple nowadays but you also know the proverb for sure “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”. Even if the two consecutive posts featured apple, there is no harm to consume it a bit more considering its benefits in terms of reducing the risk of colon cancer and heart disease.

Caramelizing sugar

Rightafter mentioning all these about the mysterious fruit which has more than 7500 different types growing all over the world I will share with you a simple recipe made with fresh green apple. Do believe me that the taste is irressistable and looks will be stunning with an extravagant touch of vanilla ice cream.

Caramelized Apple in Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients

  • A mid sized fresh green apple
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoonof balsamic glaze
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Vanilla ice-cream

Instructions

1. Peel the apple and cut into 10 equal slices.
2. Pour the sugar in a small non-stick pan and adjust the heat to medium level.
3. With a silicon spatula mix the sugar while the crystals turn into a brown sticky caramel.
4. Be careful not to overcook the sugar since the line between caramelizing and burning is quite thin.
5. When all of the sugar in the pan liquifies and gets the brown color add the apple slices and keep on stirring to make sure that the slices are covered with caramel.
6. Stir apple slices and caramel further for 2-3 minutes and add the balsamic glaze*.
7. Cook the apple slices with the balzamic glaze for an additional 4-5 minutes or until they lose their firmness and set aside to cool down after sprinkling some cinnamon.
8. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream into a margarita glass and position 5 slices of apple like a flower petals
9. Insert the cinnamon stick to the ice cream scoop and serve it right away.

*Balsamic glaze is a thick balsamic vinegar containing glucose syrup and guar gum. It is sold under different brands and can be found in most of the gourmet shops.

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