Cooking with Ceci: Warm up with rustic apples and cream

Rustic apples and cream implements heirloom apples into a dessert. (Photo by Ceci Martinez)

Rustic apples and cream implements heirloom apples into a dessert.
(Photo by Ceci Martinez)

Commentary by Ceci Martinez

Are there any sweets more evocative than apple desserts? There are many delicious heirloom varieties now in markets and every year there are a dozen of new hybrids. This comforting Rustic Apple treat is as simple as its name; no fuss to make, it doesn’t demand perfection; the more rustic it looks the better!!

Note: An apple corer is a great tool to have for this recipe.


5 heirloom apples

1 lemon

2/3 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

Pinch of salt

Pinch of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed


Peel different varieties of apples. Core, slice and squeeze a lemon on the apples. Buttered a baking pie plate and lay apples into the dish. In a medium bowl put the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and butter – stir with a fork or mix with your fingers just until ingredients come together. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the fruit. Bake at 375F for 40 minutes or until top is crisp, golden, and fragrant. Serve with a pitcher of cream or good vanilla ice cream.


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