Toffee Apples with Mint
* 2 Golden Delicious apples or other crisp, tart apple, peeled, cored, and halved (option: scrub the apples and leave them unpeeled)
* 1/2 C water
* 2 tbsp apple juice
* 1/4 C sugar
* 2 tsp cornstarch
* 1 C half-and-half
* 1 egg white
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/4 C butter toffee candy, crushed
* 4 fresh mint sprigs
1. Arrange the apple halves in a 2 qt microwave safe dish so they just touch.
2. In a measuring cup mix the water and apple juice and pour over the apples.
3. Microwave on high power for 4 1/2 minutes.
4. Rotate the dish 1/4 turn after 2 minutes.
5. Cook until the apples are fork tender.
6. Set the cooked apples aside while making the sauce.
7. In a microwave safe measuring cup stir together the sugar and cornstarch.
8. Add the half and half and mix to moisten the dry ingredients.
9. On high power, microwave 12 minutes or until the mixture begins to boil.
10. In a small bowl put the egg white and beat slightly with a fork.
11. Add 1 tbsp of the sugar mixture in with the egg whites and blend together well.
12. Stir the remaining egg white mixture into the measuring cup mixture and mix well.
13. Stir in the vanilla extract.
14. Return to the microwave and cook 1 minute on high power.
15. Allow the mixture to sit in the microwave for 5 minutes undisturbed.
16. Take the mixture from the microwave and spoon into the bottom of a dish.
17. Place the apple halves on top of the custard mixture.
18. Before serving sprinkle with the crushed candy and garnish with a mint sprig.
Because you're using your microwave for this dessert, it's cooked in several stages so the recipe has a few steps to follow closely. Also, every microwave is different so be sure to watch the timing on yours. The resulting apple dessert is worth the little bit of time it takes to prepare.
This is also a bit of a stress saver for a big dinner. When we prepare our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, we always run out of stove and oven space. Rather than shuffling around desserts in and out of the oven with the side dishes and turkey, someone can prepare this dessert right in the microwave.
Our microwave is on a cart so we just have one person in charge of this dish, get all the ingredients together, and move it all to the microwave. It frees up some room in the middle of the kitchen and we don't have to remove food from the oven or stove top. Everything can stay where it is and finish cooking!