Apples Baked on Cabbage Leaves


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By Paula Wolfert

Published 1987

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In this unusual, earthy yet sophisticated dessert, cabbage leaves are used in place of a pie crust, which keeps the apples moist and tender. A skillet is first lined with the leaves, then filled with a mixture of apples and thick batter flavored with lemon rind, Cognac, and cinnamon. After baking, the slightly burnt cabbage, which can be eaten or not as you wish, imparts a marvelous smoky flavor to the fruit. Serve very warm with vanilla ice cream, unsweetened crème fraîche, or whipped crea