I thought of this dessert because I wanted to make an apple pie-like tasting dessert without actually making an apple pie.  This is quite easy and all it really consists of is thinly sliced apples, sugar, and spices.  I cooked mine in a terrine mold but if you don't have one you can just use a small loaf pan.  This is also a good recipe for gluten free.

The recipe goes

4 granny smith apples peeled and shaved almost paper thin on a mandolin
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp and 1 tsp of cinnamon spice ( cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice)
4 tbsp of butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 Terrine mold
non-stick spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Take terrine mold and spray with non-stick spray.  Line the terrine mold with plastic wrap so that you have enough to hang over the mold.   Then take shaved apples and place only layer of apples on the bottom.  Sprinkle evenly over the apples approximately 1 tbsp of sugar, and a pinch of spice.  Then add another layer apples.  This time evenly distribute 1 tbsp of butter, sugar, spice, and a few grains of salt.   Then continue and add another layer apples just like the first layer with sugar and spice.  You can do 2 layers here and then do another layer with butter and salt.  Basically you alternating layers and every 3 or 4 you add the salt and butter until you have filled the terrine to the top of the mold.   Then fold over the plastic and place the lid on top.  Place the terrine into the oven and bake for about 45 minutes.  The apples will have shrunk down about halfway or more down the mold.  So don't expect t have the same height as your mold with the finished product. The edges got almost like caramel and candy-like which gave it different textures. I cooled mine completely and served it the next day.   But if you wanted to serve hot wait 20 minutes and un-mold to slice.  Serve with vanilla ice cream or your favorite topping.
















You can cut the ends off and cut into bite size pieces for little snacks.















You could easily substitute agave, or honey for the sugar and omit the butter if you wanted to go really healthy.  You could easily add nuts, caramel, or a dozen other things to really bring more life to this simple but tasty recipe.  Basically slice apples and alternate what ever you want in between the layers.

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