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Caramelized Banana-Apple Dessert Topping

  • Author: Katie Kimball
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2

Description

This simple topping could as easily go on top of ice cream as oatmeal, and it takes just minutes to toss together.


Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 small or 1/2 large apple
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • (optional) 1/4-1/2 tsp. dried ground ginger (or grated fresh)
  • 1 Tbs. pecans or walnuts (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!), coarsely chopped or whole (make them crispy nuts first)
  • (optional) shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
  2. Slice the banana into thirds and then each piece lengthwise (6 pieces total).
  3. Place the banana slices in the melted butter, flat side down.
  4. Cook for 3 minutes on medium (or medium-low if you’re on a big burner), uncovered.
  5. Meanwhile, wash and finely dice or slice the apple (about 1/2 centimeter pieces). Choose a nice cooking apple like a Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Cortland, or really just about anything that’s not overly tart.
  6. Flip each banana slice individually. They should be nicely browned and a bit crispy on the bottom (cook 1-2 more minutes if not yet browned, see picture below).
  7. Add the apple to the skillet, trying to fill the spaces between the bananas in the melted butter, and sprinkle everything with cinnamon, nuts and optional ginger.
  8. Cover and cook 3 minutes on low heat, checking once or twice to make sure nothing is getting too brown.
  9. Take the cover off and turn the heat back up to medium to caramelize the fruit a bit more. Watch closely and stir gently so as to not overbrown anything.
  10. Remove from heat and serve warm.
  11. Serves 1 for a dessert dish or 2-4 as a topping.

Notes

If you really want a sweeter treat, add a bit of real maple syrup or a dusting of sucanat when you add the apples.