Poached Apples and Custard

Poached Apples and Custard

Garnished with crunchy toffee and bright mint, this microwave-quick easy dish makes a fancy dessert.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 Jonagold or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and halved
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
Quick Custard Sauce
1/4 cup crushed butter toffee candy
4 sprigs fresh mint

Quick Custard Sauce:

1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup half-and-half
1 egg white, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Arrange apple halves in 2-quart microwave-safe dish. Combine water and brandy; pour over apples; cover and microwave on high (100 percent) 4 to 5 minutes or until apples are tender. (If microwave does not have carousel, rotate dish halfway after 2 minutes.)

In microwave-safe glass measure, blend sugar and cornstarch; stir in half-and-half. Microwave on high (100 percent) 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture boils. Stir small amount of hot mixture into egg white; return to hot mixture. Stir in vanilla extract; microwave on high (100 percent) 1 minute. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Prepare Quick Custard Sauce. To serve, spoon custard into bottom of shallow serving dish. Arrange apple halves on custard and sprinkle with crushed toffee. Garnish with mint and serve.

Nutrition information per serving protein: 4g; fat: 11g; carbohydrate: 36g; fiber: 2g; sodium: 54mg; cholesterol: 74mg; calories: 257.

Thanks to the Washington Apple Website for this recipe.

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