Dolce Mele, meaning “sweet apple” in Italian, is an easy alternative when time does not allow for making a full-blown pie. Requiring less than ten minutes start to finish, it captures the perfect hybrid of hot and cold, crunchy and creamy. It consists of only a handful of ingredients: butter, brown sugar, Amaretto, apples, and cinnamon—and the ice cream scooped on top. The shining star in this dessert is the apples, accented by the sauce The apples retain a slight crunchiness, and the brown sugar and amaretto give the slightly tangy apples a sweet edge. Let the warm apples and sauce melt the ice cream for a soup-like dessert or eat it quickly to preserve the juxtaposition of textures and temperatures.
Serving Size: 4
Time: 5 minutes preparation; 5 minutes cooking
1 stick butter
3 Apples (1 Braeburn, 2 Granny Smith), peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 cup dark or light brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 ½ Tablespoons Amaretto
Vanilla ice cream
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the cubed apples to the butter, cooking them just enough so they soften, while retaining a slight crunch.
- Add the brown sugar and cinnamon. When the mixture starts to simmer at the edges, pour in the Amaretto to create a caramel-like sauce, stirring constantly.
- Scoop ice cream in bowls, and pour the apple and sauce mixture on top. Serve and enjoy.