An elegant fruit dessert
This recipe was inspired by the apple and sunflower seed butter “sandwich” below. But my husband took my simple idea to a whole new level of taste. While almost all the ingredients were the same, it showed that the way you prepare the ingredients makes all the difference.
My husband took the same apple I used but peeled and sliced them very thin. Like this….
It’s amazing how different apples taste when you remove the fibrous peel. It takes away the slight bitterness and astringency and leaves behind sweet juicy fresh.
The next step is to spread a thin layer of sunflower seed butter and coconut butter on each apple slice to make the sandwich. This delicate treat is perfect for serving with afternoon tea. And kids will love it. And so will you because it’s easy as heck to make.
And this recipe lends itself to improvisation (one of my favorite things in cooking).
You can fill them with a layer of honey and Greek yogurt. Or if you’re really adventurous, a thin slice of cheese. I bet you these would make amazing “grilled cheese” sandwiches.
Just think outside the bread….
My only caution is to eat these slowly to savor the mix of tart sweetness of the apple with the saltiness of sunflower seed butter and the delightful crunch of coconut butter. There’s a temptation just to gobble them up. But take some time to sip tea and notice all the flavors and textures of these delicate treats.
If you don’t eat the sandwiches right away, you can squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on them to keep the apples from turning brown. And if your a cinnamon fan, sprinkle some in the center.
If your local store does sell coconut butter or sunflower seed butter you can buy them here: MaraNatha All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter (12 oz Jars) 2 PackArtisana 100% Organic Raw Coconut Butter — 16 oz
- Apple of choice (I used pink lady because it's my favorite).
- Filling: sunflower seed butter and coconut butter
- Also try: honey and Greek yogurt
- Peel the apple and slice thinly. If you have a mandolin, use that.
- Or slice thinly with a knife.
- Spread the fillings on each apple piece and make a sandwich.
- Enjoy with a cup of tea.