Looking for a special holiday dessert for a smaller party? Gluten Free Streusel Baked apples with Bourbon Vanilla Mascarpone Cream tastes "fancy" (can you say bourbon?) but it's so simple to prepare... even for A Cozy Thanksgiving Dinner for Two!
Just Sunday, I really wasn't confident my Cozy Thanksgiving Dinner for Two would include a dessert. 😥 With turkey day just around the corner, and preparing for my upcoming 9 day/3 state tour, "Murphy's Law" had taken over, and this recipe and the necessary photos just didn't happen...
All was not lost. Monday morning, I started writing, and Monday afternoon, I started making Streusel Baked Apples with Bourbon Vanilla Mascarpone Cream. The baked apples make a perfect ending to
any meal your holiday meal - it's not too sweet and it won't weigh you down. Let's confess: I NEVER want a piece of pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner. I'm not a huge fan to begin with (though I love many other pumpkin-based dishes!), but the rich, HEAVY filling, and fat-laden pie-crust seems particularly unappealing after such a big meal. Is anyone with me on this?
My gluten free baked apples are modeled after Alton Brown's Baked Apples, mostly due to the fact that I'm not a "baker." I always want to give credit where credit is due. Alton Brown is an authority (IMHO) on methods and techniques, and important things like oven temperature and cooking time. So, I play with the food, and Alton provides the chemistry.
These lovely baked apples get broken down much like a pumpkin. Their cores get scooped out with a melon baller, then a teaspoon of honey goes in the cavity. Next they get a gluten-free streusel packed inside and spilling out. YUM! If I'd stopped right there, it'd be a delicious, simple dessert. But. Bourbon. And Mascarpone?
I had to "kick it up a notch" just to make the baked apples impossible to resist. That gorgeous cream is mascarpone, vanilla Greek yogurt, bourbon (yep 1 tablespoon per apple), vanilla, and confectioner's sugar. It's bowl-licking good! The recipe makes more than enough for the 2 apples, and I could have been more generous. I just couldn't cover up those gorgeous baked apples. 😀 As soon as the photos were finished, hubby promptly spooned the rest over his apple...
I have a second confession: We ate our gluten free Streusel Baked Apples with Bourbon Vanilla Mascarpone Cream before dinner. 😯 That's the food blogger life! I get better photos with natural light, and when the days are so short, sweets get photographed (and eaten) before dinner. Sorry Mom!
These baked apples really are light, and perfect at the end of a heavy meal. I'd love to hear your Thanksgiving dessert thoughts!