Polenta can be a lot of things. I creamy or deep fried, parmesan or curry flavored, savory or even sweet. I was looking for a way to enjoy the flavors of an apple pie, but cut back on the calories/fat of a crust. The result was a creamy apple dessert garnished with caramel sauce and some granola. It's a treat that you can enjoy during the cool autumn weather.
Apple Dessert Polenta
- ½ Cup Water
- 1/3 Cup Polenta (cornmeal)
- 1 Cup Milk
- ¼ T Cardamom
- ½ T Cinnamon
- 2 TB Sugar
- ½ T Vanilla
- 1 TB Mascarpone
- 1 TB Butter
- 1 Apple cored, peeled and sliced
- 1/3 cup granola something with some pecans, toast it a little
- 2 TB Caramel sauce
- Add butter to pan and saute over medium heat. Cook for 6-8 minutes.
- Add cinnamon and sugar, cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Combine cardamom, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, water and 1/3 cup of milk into a sauce pot and bring to a slow boil.
- Slowly whisk in the polenta (cornmeal).
- Lower heat to medium and continue to whisk. It will start to thicken. Cook about 2-4 minutes.
- Once it starts coming together, add another 1/3 cup of milk and whisk.
- As it thickens again, add the last 1/3 cup of milk and whisk.
- Once it starts to thicken, remove from heat and add your butter and mascarpone. Mix to combine.
- The consistency should be a little loose. When you put a large scoop on your plate, it should spread and flatten a little (but shouldn't be soupy), as opposed to resembling mashed potatoes.
- Scoop polenta into a bowl and then add apples on top.
- Sprinkle granola over top for a perfect crunch.
- Drizzle with caramel.