curried apples dessert

By christelly Latest Reply 2012-03-25 16:04:58 -0500
Started 2012-03-20 23:28:27 -0500

I had a deceased friend who used to make curried apples at Easter as a dessert but she would never give me the recipe. It was always hot/warm so I think she cooked it in the oven, but beyond that I am clueless. I would dearly love to make this, in a diabetic-friendly way. I have now shed 27 pounds - only have 92 more to go! in order to be at my weight. Anyone have a decent recipe? I do recall it only had fruit, no veggies and wasn't overly sweet.

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Nick1962 2012-03-21 18:39:49 -0500 Report

Congrats on the weight loss! I'll give the recipe a shot, but disclaimer, this is in no way diabetic!

I’ve had curried apples in several places and several ways, but since I’m not a fruit fan, I never picked apart a recipe. In the Caribbean I’ve had them sliced and marinated in orange and lemon juice with curry and hot pepper, or sautéed with garlic, onion and curry. What you describe sounds like a crustless pie, or southern spiced apples, so let’s start that way.

5 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples, sliced about ½ inch thick (see notes)
½-2/3 cup sugar (artificial sweetener may not work)
½ - 1 tsp. sweet yellow curry (see notes)
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
Dash salt

Preheat oven to 375. In large bowl, mix dry ingredients and toss in sliced apples. Melt the margarine/butter and drizzle over apple mixture while mixing in well. Pour mixture into a greased 9x12 inch baking pan and cover with foil. Bake covered at 375 for approximately 35 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Sauce should thicken as it cools.

For apples, I’d use Granny Smith, but I have had green apple and curry chutney that was delish.
For the curry, I’d pick a Maharaja or Sweet Curry (sweet curry has a little heat, Maharaja doesn’t) which you can get at Penzey’s

Hope it’s what you were thinking. If you try it let us know how it is and if you made any changes (or if I was totally off).

christelly 2012-03-21 19:12:35 -0500 Report

Y'know I think she did mention orange juice…I will give this a try - I can get the curry from The Spice House near me I think. Will get back and let you know how it turns out. Many thanks for the effort!

Nick1962 2012-03-21 19:44:32 -0500 Report

Yup, orange juice would work too. I usually use lemon juice on the apples to keep them from turning brown as i slice them. Maybe just a tablespoon or two, and swap out the lemon zest for orange zest.

Caroltoo 2012-03-21 21:52:38 -0500 Report

Thank you, Nick. This sounds like it is very close to what she is looking for. Gee, when in doubt, ask a chef.

Nick1962 2012-03-22 07:49:12 -0500 Report

It's a shot in the dark and will probably need a few tweaks, but even if it's a failure, it still sounds good over ice cream!

Caroltoo 2012-03-22 12:09:39 -0500 Report

Sounds yummy! I used to use fresh from our tree ripe mangoes on mine. Then I discovered itchy little red bumps around my mouth one day. Lo and behold, mangos cause a mango allergy of the skin. Tough little dermatitis that took 2-3 months to get over.

Nick1962 2012-03-22 13:27:31 -0500 Report

Never would have thought that of mangos. For myself it's strawberries, I can't even handle them without gloves. I've been hospitalized for unknowingly eating strawberry/rhubarb pie.

Caroltoo 2012-03-22 14:52:14 -0500 Report

I've not heard of anyone reacting to strawberries this way. You've talked about meeting when you and the family are here on vacation, so good to know you are allergic to cats. I have an 18 pounder, so we had best find a coffee spot or a beach park. Actually, I know the perfect place. Ko 'Olina has a series of man-made lagoons where the kids would be safe and we adults can sit in the shade and talk.

Nick1962 2012-03-22 15:08:27 -0500 Report

With cats I can usually last about an hour if the environment is fairly clean. My wife had two before we married and I tried the allergy shots to no avail. I can actually play/interact with a cat so long as it's just my hands and I wash up immediately. I have had a reaction (eyes swelling, breathing problems) just standing behind someone in line at a grocery store, but judging by the amount of hair on her clothes she must have had a housefull. Had one person insist it was psychosomatic and invited me over to a friends house for dinner. They hid the cat, I had dinner in the emergency room.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-22 15:28:33 -0500 Report

Jan you said your eyes were blurry when our Bgs was too low..why is that may I ask..just asking because I'm trying to understand this darn illness better..

Caroltoo 2012-03-22 15:50:48 -0500 Report

Extreme changes in BGs affect the pressure in the eyes. When the pressure fluxuates, our eyes don't focus as well.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-22 15:25:11 -0500 Report

Oh good lord!! poor thing!!My daughter is like you are..she will just pat my son's dog and swell up with dots all over her body..and stop's breathing … Our Korat cat doesn't seem to bother her..It's not easy living with allergies…Don't you just love how everyone else thinks they know best for you, then yourself…drives me batty …

Nick1962 2012-03-22 15:50:30 -0500 Report

Whaky thing is I neer had it as a kid. Grandmother had a Korat named Lilly, and we were always eating strawberries from her garden. Then one day-boom!

Jeanae 2012-03-22 21:23:25 -0500 Report

I grew up in a house with lots of cats. I was fine. Then I went off to college, came home and ended up in the ER. My best friend has cats. She also has hardwood floors so if I stay on the hardwood and not stray into the carpeted area and sit on hardwood furniture not the comfy sofa I can stay for 45 mins. Then I leave, change clothes in the garage and throw them into the laundry room and head directly for the shower. I usually ave to take benadryl as well and always carry an epi pen. But I LOVE cats! Not being around cats is harder for me than being diabetic and giving up certain foods.

Nick1962 2012-03-23 07:39:05 -0500 Report

Yup, that's pretty much the routine for me too if I have to do it. Usually I can get away with just Primatene mist as a rescue inhaler, but since that's off the market now, I have to be more vigilant.

Caroltoo 2012-03-22 15:14:55 -0500 Report

Amazing … no the emergency room is not the result of a psychosomatic reaction to an unknown stimulus (unless you suspected that's what was occuring).

Well, I think of home as clean (usually, but not right now) but know there is cat hair around. I sometimes wear some too, because he is a lover and always jumping in my lap at inopportune times like when I'm on the computer or having my last cup of coffee before running off to work.

Nick1962 2012-03-22 15:54:11 -0500 Report

Most folks with good airflow in the house manage to keep the dander down, but it sticks to everything. I've had to refuse empty aprtments (even though they had been cleaned) unless i could get them to wash walls, ceilings, doors, fixtures etc.

Opps, sorry christelly,, didn't mean to turn your curried apple thread to an allergy discussion. Forgive me? :)

Caroltoo 2012-03-22 22:09:45 -0500 Report

Airflow, we have in abundance. Here it's called tradewinds and they blow most of the time. I rarely ever close my windows and, during about nine months of the year, also leave our sliding doors open.

byrun 2012-03-21 10:46:35 -0500 Report

Congratulations on your weight loss my friend. I hope you can find the recipe, it does sound intresting.

GabbyPA 2012-03-21 09:27:14 -0500 Report

Curry is an interesting mix of savory that can be sweet. It may have been something such as tumeric with some sweetener and the apples. You can buy curry powder in various degrees of heat, so keeping a more mild version would be a good place to start. That would be a more yellow curry powder. Were there rasins or currants in it? Cinnamon?

Here is a recipe that I found for carrots that you could use on the apples that might be something similar in flavor profile:

christelly 2012-03-21 10:44:01 -0500 Report

Carol made this is a 9x12 baking dish.All she would ever tell me is that it was so easy and quick to make and that the unusual flavor was curry. I used to over indulge as I took home all the leftovers, which was not always a good thing as sometimes my tummy rebelled with all the curry (don't normally eat curried food). It was served either as a side dish or as dessert with vanilla ice cream on the side. The sauce surrounding the apples did not cover the apples but it was not a thin sauce, more slightly thickened. All recipes I've found so far have veggies in them and this was totally fruit.

Caroltoo 2012-03-21 14:13:42 -0500 Report

Interesting puzzle. May I ask a few more questions? If the apples had skins on, were they red or green? Was there a sweet taste to the sauce? A little cornstarch will thicken a sauce, so maybe the question is was it relatively clear like thickened juice/syrup or opaque like a flour based sauced? We have some chefs on here. If we give them enough clues, one of us may come up with something.

christelly 2012-03-21 17:11:14 -0500 Report

apples were skinless and sauce was color of cooked apples…somehow I think she may have used pineapple. Do not recall any currants or raisins in it unless they can turn the color of the cooked apples. However it is possible she did use them and I cannot recall. Sauce slightly thicker than a juice and if i used flour or arrowroot it was not a lot because sauce was not very thick. Don't know if that helps. I get so I crave this every year around Easter time.

Caroltoo 2012-03-20 23:36:17 -0500 Report

Interesting thought … I usually use apples in my curry … yes, sounds good. What did it look like? Was it a bowl of cooked apples, did it have a crunchy topping like apple crisp, or was it in a pie shell? You have my taste buds on alert. I hope we can figure this one out.

christelly 2012-03-21 17:13:25 -0500 Report

I'd say it was just sliced apples that were cooked down by means of baking. She made it in a 9x12 glass (Pyrex) baking pan.

christelly 2012-03-21 17:15:55 -0500 Report

o and no crunchy topping - just a lot of fruit that tasted a whole lot different from baked apples. no bottom crust either.