A cast iron skillet of dessert poutine including sliced apples, caramel sauce and sweetened cream cheese

Cinnamon Apple Dessert Poutine

Inspired by the classic side dish (or meal!), this is the sweetest poutine you’ve ever tasted, and it’s great for ‘wowing’ kids and guests alike! Granny Smith apples bake up beautifully and are the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Cream cheese sweetened with our Brown & Maple Sugars fills in for cheese curds, and it’s all topped with a cinnamon and caramel “gravy”. Could there be a more Canadian dessert than this?

Serves

4 servings

PREP TIME

20 minutes

COOK TIME

20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the Sweetened Cream Cheese:

  • 8 oz (227 g) plain brick style cream cheese, softened
  • 2 pkg (28 g) Redpath® Brown & Maple Sugars
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract

For the Apples and Caramel Sauce:

  • ¼ cup (57 g) salted butter, divided
  • 4 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced into wedges
  • ½ tsp (1 g) ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (163g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Sweetened Cream Cheese:

Place cream cheese, Redpath® Brown & Maple Sugars, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat until combined (alternatively you can use a large bowl and a hand mixer). Refrigerate mixture until needed.

For the Apples and Caramel Sauce:

Melt 1 tablespoon (14 g) butter in a heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium heat. Add apples and cook, stirring often, until apples are slightly softened and golden; 4-5 minutes. Stir in cinnamon and cook for an additional minute. Remove to a bowl and keep warm.

Add remaining butter to pan along with the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar. Whisk until sugar dissolves and mixture resembles a thickened liquid; 4-5 minutes. Carefully whisk in heavy cream and vanilla extract. Transfer to a measuring cup or a bowl with a spout for easy pouring.

Divide cooked apples between serving dishes. Place spoonfuls of chilled cream cheese to mimic curds over the apples and drizzle with caramel sauce; serve warm.

Three cast iron skillets of dessert poutine including sliced apples, caramel sauce and sweetened cream cheese

CHEF'S TIP

* For an elegant twist, use softened goat cheese in place of cream cheese.

* If you’re not a fan of Granny Smith, substitute your favourite baking apple, like Cortland.