5 Ingredients or Fewer

Brown-Sugared Apples & Cream

October 23, 2018
10 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

This is the easiest fall dessert around—and the one I make the most often. You can eat it right away (see step 1), or slide under the broiler until toasty (see step 2). —Emma Laperruque

What You'll Need
  • 1 medium to large Granny Smith apple, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (packed!) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to sprinkle
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. In a shallow bowl, toss the sliced apple with the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Let sit for about 10 minutes, tossing once or twice, until very syrupy. Pour the cream around the perimeter and sprinkle more cinnamon on top. Eat.
  2. Or don’t. If you want something warm and cozy, turn on the broiler after you combine the apples, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon—this time, in a broiler-safe dish. When the broiler is hot, add the cream to the sugared apples, and slide the dish under the broiler. Cook for about 5 minutes, until bubbly and browning on top. Sprinkle more cinnamon. Eat.

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Emma was the food editor at Food52. She created the award-winning column, Big Little Recipes, and turned it into a cookbook in 2021. These days, she's a senior editor at Bon Appétit, leading digital cooking coverage. Say hello on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.

5 Reviews

Davinica N. November 13, 2022
We opted for a third option where we slightly warm up the cream in a mug and pour it over the cold apples...it's fantastic! This was the perfect gluten-free fall birthday treat. We've also had it for breakfast on cold mornings here in Maine. It's all of the joy of an apple crisp without the work!
Anja November 14, 2018
Will make this again! Used honey instead of sugar in the cold version. Going to try creme fraiche, too.
Emma L. November 15, 2018
Yum, honey and creme fraiche sound great!
linzarella November 1, 2018
I made this with creme fraiche instead of cream because that's what I had on hand and it was INCREDIBLE.
Emma L. November 2, 2018
Oo! I have to try that swap; sounds so good. Curious: Did you make the cold or hot version? So glad you enjoyed.