Grilled Apple Slices with Caramel-Mascarpone Cream


4 servings
Vegetable oil cooking sprayvegetable cooking spray1
4 Fuji or Pippin apples, cored and cut into ½-inch-thick slicesfuji apple(s)4
3 tablespoons safflower oilsafflower oil3
2 teaspoons ground cinnamonground cinnamon2
1 teaspoon ground gingerground ginger1
½ cup maple syrupmaple syrup½
¼ cup heavy cream, at room temperatureheavy cream¼
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperatureunsalted butter2
1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperaturemascarpone cheese1
⅓ cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted (see Cook's Note)hazelnuts


Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Spray the grill pan with vegetable oil cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, toss together the apple slices and safflower oil. Grill until lightly charred, about 2 minutes on each side. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and ginger. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the grilled apple slices.
In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the maple syrup, cream and butter over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook, until the mixture turns golden, about 4 minutes. Set the pan aside to cool slightly. Add the mascarpone cheese and whisk until the mixture is smooth.

Divide the apple slices among 4 small plates. Drizzle with the cream. Sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts and serve.

cook's notes

To toast the hazelnuts, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.
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