Shortcake Apple, Rosemary and Caramel Shortcakes

posted by jeanndan 09-22-100 5:26 PM

Martha Stewart Show
Apple, Rosemary and Caramel Shortcakes
Serves 6

3 large cooking apples (about 1 1/4 pounds), such as Jonagold or Granny Smith, peeled and halved
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 (three-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
Sour Cream Shortcake Biscuits (recipe follows)
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Vanilla Ice Cream

Heat oven to 375°. Scoop out cores of apples with a melon baller. Use the same tool to remove blossom scars at bottoms of apple halves and any skin remaining at stem ends.

Place sugar in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium heat. When sugar begins to melt, stir with a wooden spoon. It will form big lumps at first, but keep cooking and stirring until all the sugar is dissolved and forms a light-amber syrup. As soon as it reaches this stage, remove from heat, and add butter to prevent caramel from overcooking. Stir until butter is melted and incorporated. Arrange apples cut side up on top of caramel, and tuck rosemary sprigs between them. Place skillet in oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Using tongs, turn apples over; bake until apples are softened, about 15 minutes more.

Using a serrated knife, cut shortcakes in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of each shortcake cut side up on a large dessert plate. With a small spatula, lift the hot caramelized apple halves from syrup, and place each one cut side down on a shortcake bottom. Remove and discard rosemary. Return skillet with caramel to stovetop, and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Gradually whisk in cream. When sauce is smooth, remove from heat.

Top each apple half with a scoop of ice cream. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top of each dessert, letting it drip onto the plate. Place the shortcake tops over each. Serve immediately.

Sour Cream Shortcake Biscuits
Makes 6 large biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
1 cup sour cream (not low-fat)
1/4 cup whole milk

Heat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or piece of parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in sour cream and milk. Scoop the dough into six high mounds evenly spaced on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscuits to a rack to cool slightly before splitting.

These recipes have been adapted from “The Herbfarm Cookbook” by Jerry Traunfeld.

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