This apple carpaccio is a great choice if you're looking for a lighter Christmas dessert. Fruity and refreshing, it looks attractive too! It also makes a great fruity breakfast.
This beautiful raw apple carpaccio is certainly a healthy dessert choice. When I think of apple desserts, I normally think of pies, sponge puddings and crumbles. I don't very often make desserts with raw apple. I have to say, I normally prefer cooked apple. However, with the pomegranate seeds, crunchy sweet pine nuts and the yogurt, I was completely taken with this fruity carpaccio!
The inspiration for this apple carpaccio
The recipe for the apple carpaccio is slightly adapted from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook and as with lots of Jamie recipes, it's simple, tasty and looks great too. Pomegranate seeds are so Christmassy, as are the candied pine nuts, although I think hazelnuts would be a lovely alternative.
Did I say candied pine nuts? Yes, I love nuts and do occasionally make candied or honey roast nuts but I'd never thought to make candied pine nuts before. In fact, I normally think of pine nuts as being an ingredient for savoury recipes not for desserts. That is definitely something that's going to change from now on, especially as they go so well with the raw apple in this dessert.
However, it is very difficult to get the candied pine nuts right. They go from being not cooked at all to burning in a matter of seconds. Or at least that's how it seemed to me. Whatever you do, don't get distracted while they are in the oven!
How do you get really thin apple slices?
I used a spiralizer with a ribbon blade to slice the apple for the carpaccio. I then broke the spirals up so they appear to be in slices rather than ribbons. You could use a mandolin or even just a knife to finely slice the apple or even dice it then serve it in layers in a glass.
When to serve this apple carpaccio
This thinly sliced apple recipe is great as a healthy dinner party dessert option. No one wants to spend all their time in the kitchen when they've got guests and with this apple carpaccio, as long as all the components are prepared in advance, it's very quick to assemble. What more could you ask from an easy healthy dessert that tastes delicious too?
You could also serve this fruity carpaccio at breakfast time. It would be perfect on a special day such as Christmas day. Or how about making it to start the year with and having it for breakfast on New Year's Day? It would be the perfect healthy way to start the year, especially if you are making any healthy new year resolutions! Another healthy new year's day breakfast idea would be this pomegranate yogurt fool.
Can you adapt this apple carpaccio?
You could change this dessert a little to suit your tastes. If you don't fancy apple then why not swap it for pear, or even pineapple?
The pomegranate seeds are delicious and perfect for Christmas but you could use berries instead.
As I mentioned earlier, if you don't have pine nuts then you could use a different kind of nut or seed instead.
Can you make this apple carpaccio a bit more decadent?
So, what if you're saying but it's Christmas and I want to indulge a little? Well, if you do have a little whipped cream or even vanilla ice cream then you could swap that for the yogurt! I won't tell anyone. But, I will say that this healthy dessert is delicious with yogurt and that is definitely my choice!
More Fruity Recipes
If you like this fruity recipe then do check out one of my other recipes that uses fruit:
- 30 g pine nuts
- ½ tbsp icing sugar
- 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 1 pomegranate
- 3 clementines
- 2 sweet apples
- A few sprigs of mint
- 1 tbsp honey
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Rinse the pine nuts in cold water then spread them out on a baking tray. Sprinkle with the icing sugar. Bake in the oven at 180C for 5 minutes. Check how they are doing - they might need just a little longer. If the ones at the edges are brown but not the ones in the middle then stir them around a little.
- Crush about half in a pestle and mortar and stir them into the yoghurt.
- Remove the seeds from one half of the pomegranate and set aside. Squeeze the juice from the seeds in the other half by pressing the pomegranate half into a sieve above a bowl. Use a spoon to crush the seeds that fall out against the bottom of the sieve. Squeeze the clementines above the sieve too so you catch any seeds.
- Slice the apples either with a spiralizer, mandolin or just a knife and put the apple into the juice until ready to serve.
- Arrange the apple on a plate, top with a dollop of yoghurt and sprinkle with some of the pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and mint leaves. Drizzle with a little yoghurt.