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Desserts

Apple and Calvados crepes

Apple and Calvados crepes
Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup Calvados
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 4 sweet crepes

Step 1Make a cinnamon Chantilly cream. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, or with a hand-held mixer, beat the cream, sugar and cinnamon until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until you're ready to assemble the crepes. (You will have extra; reserve for another use.)

Step 2In a large saute pan, melt the butter until it foams and subsides, then add the sliced apples, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until the apples caramelize and the sauce is thick, about 10 minutes.

Step 3Taking the pan off the flame, pour in the Calvados, and then return it to the heat; if it doesn't ignite in the pan, tip the liquid toward the front of the pan, being careful not to let it spill, and light it with a match. Let it flambe until the flames subside, about 10 seconds. Stir in the lemon juice.

Step 4Spoon one-fourth of the apples into the middle of a sweet crepe; fold it into quarters and top with a dollop of cinnamon cream. Serve immediately.

Note: Calvados (apple brandy) is available at fine wine and spirits shops.

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