Even as a child, MARY AU was an unabashed lover of music as well as of food. Her mission is to make classical music part of the fabric of everyday life, in settings where both audience and artist can share in the joy of live music.

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Baked Apple with Kiwi & Balsamic Vinegar

Baked Apple with Kiwi & Balsamic Vinegar

From Mary's kitchen

Mary notes: I don't usually make desserts. But tonight, I decided to try something unusual. I remembered eating a fruit dessert made with rosemary and balsamic vinegar at a restaurant in Georgia, and actually liking it. So, I decided to experiment with what I had on hand. This no fat and low sugar dessert turned out really nice, tart with a slightly tinge of sweet. It's perfect for people on a diet and others who suffer from diabetes.

Try it. You will like it.

Serves 1.

   One Granny Smith apple (sliced)
   One kiwi fruit (skinned and sliced)
   1-2 tablespoon of Trader Joe’s Gold Quality Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
   1/2-2 tablespoon light brown sugar (to taste)
   A sprinkle of rosemary

Optional (if you want to splurge):
   1 tablespoon Calvados liquor
   A handful of raisins
   A handful of nuts
   Some butter
   Some whipped cream
   Some vanilla ice cream


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for at least 15 minutes.

2. Peel and slice one granny smith apple and one kiwi.

3. Line a small oval Corningware dish with the apple slices, topped with kiwi slices.

4. Drizzle fruit with Trader Joe Gold Quality Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (I used 1 tablespoon), and sprinkle the top with some light brown sugar (I used half tablespoon). Add a sprinkle of rosemary if you like. If using optional ingredients, see note at end of recipe.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.


Regarding optional ingredients: To jazz up the above for a party, you can add 1 tablespoon of Calvados liquor, a handful of raisins, some butter and/or some nuts prior to baking. I think that it would also taste very good served hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Drizzle with more Calvados before serving. Yummmmm!

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