I had a really rubbish day today. Straight out. So on my way home i decided to stop off at the shops and grabbed some stuff for a desert. I wasn't really too sure about what I was going to make, but i knew it was going to have apple in it and there was going to be some form of caramel involved. Now. With my position on sugar, caramel is always a tricky thing to approach. SO. This recipe is another one of my 'experiments' that turned out pretty good.
3 Granny Smith Apples
12 Pitted Dates
2 tbs of Maple Syrup
1 cup of water
1 1/2 cups of your choice of ground nuts
3/4 cup of room temperature butter
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp of rock salt
1. Peel and core the apples and place into a pot with half a cup of water and 1 tbs of maple syrup, 6 pitted dates and cinnamon. Let this caramelise. Pre-heat your over to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. While the apples are caramelising, mix the ground nuts, about half of the butter, egg and the vanilla essence in a mixing bowl. Like I mentioned before, your choice of nuts to use is completely up to you. For this particular base I used a ratio of 3:3:3 of almonds, cashews and macadamias(so thats half a cup of each nut).
3. Place the base mixture into a pie tin that is lined with grease proof paper and bake for about 10 minutes.
4. By now your apples should be looking pretty good. Nice and soft and slightly caramelised.
5. When your base is ready, pour the apple mixture over the top of the base and distribute evenly. Make sure you get all the apple pieces out, you'll be using the same pot for some more caramel.
6. Put the remaining water, butter, maple syrup, pitted dates and rock salt into the pot. boil down into a caramel and make sure the dates are broken down well.
7. Carefully pour the caramel over the top of the apple and make sure is levelled evenly.
8. Bake for a further 15 minutes.
Serve with double cream