Low-carb cinnamon apples with vanilla sauce

Low-carb cinnamon apples with vanilla sauce

Your taste buds have been begging for this low-carb sauce, and you didn’t even know it! It’s creamy with warming spices, and loves anything you pair it with – especially these cinnamon apples!

Low-carb cinnamon apples with vanilla sauce

Your taste buds have been begging for this low-carb sauce, and you didn’t even know it! It’s creamy with warming spices, and loves anything you pair it with – especially these cinnamon apples!
USMetric
6 servingservings

Ingredients

Vanilla sauce
  • 2½ cups 600 ml heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1 star anise (optional)
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1 egg yolkegg yolks
Cinnamon apples
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 3 apple, preferably a type that is firm and tart, for example Gravensteiner or Granny Smithapples, preferably a type that is firm and tart, for example Gravensteiner or Granny Smith
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Add butter, vanilla, optional star anise to a sauce pan together with about ¼ of the heavy whipping cream. Bring the mixture to a light boil by placing the sauce pan over medium heat. Lower the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes or more until the sauce turns creamy. Stir frequently.
  2. Remove from the heat and remove the star anise. Add the egg yolk while whisking vigorously. Place in the refrigerator and let cool completely. You can prepare the flavored cream up to 1 day before, and refrigerate.
  3. Whisk the remaining heavy whipping cream in a bowl until soft peaks form, and fold in the refrigerated sauce.
  4. Place back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes or more. You can add the cream sauce to serving cups to make it thicken up faster.
  5. Wash the apples and peel them if you want to but there's really no need for that. The peel adds color, flavor and texture.
  6. Core the apple and slice thinly. Heat up butter in a frying pan and brown the slices until golden. Add cinnamon towards the end.
  7. Serve the apples warm with the vanilla sauce.

Tip!

The sauce goes great with various desserts, where you would normally have served vanilla custard. For example, you can heat a couple of blackberries or raspberries and serve with the vanilla sauce. Put it in the freezer and you'll have a luxurious ice cream!

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29 comments

  1. Liz
    Why can't I search for the two week challenge and get it to come up? I don't know how to find it so I can repeat it.
  2. Mary
    It will be back up in January.
  3. Abdul
    In step 2 what do does cool place mean? Put it in the refrigerator?
    Reply: #8
  4. daniel
    you guys really need to work on your step by step instructions , in step 3 Whisk the second measurement of heavy whipping cream (2 cups) in a bowl and mix into the cold cream. i took this to mean whisk the second bit of cream then fold into first step but doing this and made this thing hard as a rock once in fridge . this isn't the only recipe that your instructions are failing please give clear step by step
  5. Linda
    Whip the 2 cups of whipping cream to what stage? Soft peaks? Not that much? Stiff peaks?
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  7. Alice
    I am also unsure about the 2 cups of whipping cream. It just says whisk them but doesn't specify how much. Please revise for better specificity, it would help a lot!
    Replies: #9, #10
  8. Una
    No not the fridge!!! You just keep it away from any heat where it is a cool temperature out of the sun or and away from radiators!
  9. Una
    American way of cooking and totally useless for Europeans as we weigh and measure. Tablespoons also a nightmare on here too - much bigger in Britain than elsewhere. A tablespoon is what it is in Britain, a spoon for the table - so a serving spoon. A desert spoon is half the size of these tablespoons!
  10. Maria
    Whipping cream when whipped should result in double the size.

    To be fair the quantity is there in metric. Thought you were asking about the quantity.so sorry I misunderstood you. Whip the cream to whatever thickness you like!

  11. Michelle
    How much sugar is in this nutritional wise? I see 12g of carbs but not total sugars
    Reply: #12
  12. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How much sugar is in this nutritional wise? I see 12g of carbs but not total sugars

    We only calculate and list the macronutrients, I don't have a number for how much of the carbs comes from sugar.

  13. HeatherB
    This wasn't as good as I dreamed it would be. I think I may add a little sweetener like swerve to the vanilla sauce or find a slightly sweeter apple. I think it needs a little something more.
  14. Saqib Maqbool
    I thought apples are not in keto diet?
    Reply: #15
  15. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I thought apples are not in keto diet?

    You are correct. This recipe is for our more moderate to liberal low carb followers.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/how-low-carb-is-low-carb

  16. Cristina
    Curious if this would work with coconut cream instead of heavy whipping cream. Has anyone tried?
    Reply: #17
  17. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Curious if this would work with coconut cream instead of heavy whipping cream. Has anyone tried?

    That should work well, but it may not thicken exactly the same.

  18. Cristina
    Chilled coconut cream whipped in a chilled bowl (with a touch of powdered lakanto) came out lovely! Like a light mousse. Maybe a bit runnier than heavy cream would have been but still holds the apple slices up. Totally satisfies my daughter's hankering for apple pie without bringing one into the house:-)!
    Reply: #19
  19. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Chilled coconut cream whipped in a chilled bowl (with a touch of powdered lakanto) came out lovely! Like a light mousse. Maybe a bit runnier than heavy cream would have been but still holds the apple slices up. Totally satisfies my daughter's hankering for apple pie without bringing one into the house:-)!

    And I bet it made the house smell wonderful!

  20. Jane
    I made this vanilla cream and served it with a Keto berry crumble, it was delish. I also served it slightly warm It was just like custard👍🏻
    Reply: #21
  21. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I made this vanilla cream and served it with a Keto berry crumble, it was delish. I also served it slightly warm It was just like custard👍🏻

    Sounds great!

  22. Cathryn McTighe-Harper
    Can you tell me the carbs/net carbs for the vanilla cream alone please
    Reply: #23
  23. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Can you tell me the carbs/net carbs for the vanilla cream alone please

    The Vanilla Cream is about 4 carbs per serving.

  24. Laura
    This was an excellent dish. I did add a little sweetener (Swerve) to the sauce. I tried it with granny smith apples which were just a little too tart for me. I will try it again next time with a few strawberries or blueberries as the fruit, probably warmed with a little cinnamon and or almonds, who knows. Seems like the options are endless. The sauce/custard was absolutely delicious and I will be making this often. Thank you!
  25. Vivien Watkinson
    why not use zucchini apple for this receipe? reduce the carbs
    Reply: #26
  26. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    why not use zucchini apple for this receipe? reduce the carbs

    This recipe is a liberal low carb recipe so the level of carbs is fine. If you are eating at a lower level of carbs, you could try this one to go along with it. https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/low-carb-mock-zucchini-apple-pie-f...

  27. Judy
    When did we start any apples on Keto. No wonder people are so confused regarding how to live a Ketogenic lifestyle. The best & trustworthy site DD ever but now this! I’m so disappointed. To each their own I guess on what fruit is keto friendly anymore.
    Reply: #28
  28. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    When did we start any apples on Keto. No wonder people are so confused regarding how to live a Ketogenic lifestyle. The best & trustworthy site DD ever but now this! I’m so disappointed. To each their own I guess on what fruit is keto friendly anymore.

    Hi Judy! The yellow circle and higher carb count indicate that this is a moderate low carb recipe, not part of our keto collection. For keto recipes, look for green circles rather than yellow or orange. At Diet Doctor, we support strict, moderate and liberal low carb.

  29. Ian
    Measurements in these recipes are so weird. How does one get 1/3 egg yolk or 2/3 tablespoons of butter. lol
    Reply: #30
  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Measurements in these recipes are so weird. How does one get 1/3 egg yolk or 2/3 tablespoons of butter. lol

    The default number of servings for this recipe is 6. If you use the drop down to choose a different number of servings, then the ingredient quantities will automatically be cut (or increased) to match that. You can round up or down to an amount that makes sense or you can choose a different number of servings.

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