Oh, don’t we all just love a sweet, decadent dessert to finish off our dinner! Today we are going to change our focus to a fruit and cheese dessert. This simple presentation of Roasted Apples and Aged Goat Cheese is a refreshing option to those high-calorie desserts.
Warm, roasted, apples combined with the creaminess of aged goat cheese is a luxuriant dessert without adding an outrageous amount of calories to an expanding waistline.
Cheeses come in all flavors and textures from a soft, creamy French Chevre to the salty Asiago, the tangy English Stilton or thin slices of a rock-hard Parmesan. You can not go wrong with cheese, although I have not yet tried the Limburger cheese. I have been told that Europeans enjoy cheese for dessert much more frequently than Americans.
Most high-end restaurants list their fancy, heavy-duty desserts at the top of their dessert menu and way down at the bottom there will probably be a listing for a fruit and cheese selection. To be honest, I very seldom get to the bottom of the list because I am a creature of habit. You can bet that I will choose something chocolaty, crunchy or icy-cold. However,…. I have been re-thinking my options lately!
The warm, sweet, roasted apples and aged goat cheese is a delightful dessert plate. We used juicy Fuji apples, and before roasting, we gave them a drizzle of lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt to bring out their natural sweetness.
The Apples for Our Roasted Apples and Aged Goat Cheese:
There are so many different apple varieties on the market. Choose one that you love and taste how wonderful it is when roasted! This is a list of just a few options:
- Granny Smith
- Rome Beauty
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
Choosing A Cheese for a Dessert Course:
We chose the creamy, Humboldt Fog® aged goat cheese with its distinctive layer of edible ash in the middle. This mild cheese is made from goat’s milk in the foggy Pacific coast of Northern California. This mould-ripened cheese is our first choice for our roasted apples and cheese dessert course, but there are many more options to consider. You might also try:
- Soft fresh goat cheese
- Beechers Flagship
- Kerrygold Dubliner Irish Cheese (Costco)
- Stilton Blue Cheddar
Fruit and cheese is a very satisfying dessert. The cheese is best enjoyed at room temperature to bring out those natural good textures and flavors. Try an assortment of cheeses and maybe a seasonal fresh fruit mix. Accompaniments of crunchy nuts, a dollop of imported fancy chutney or even a dab of something spicy like a creamy chipotle sauce will delight the taste buds.
If this is a fresh new idea for you, I challenge you to be adventurous and prepare a fruit and cheese dessert for your next event. Our warm roasted apples and aged goat cheese is light on the pallet and huge on flavor.
More Desserts You Might Enjoy:
- Strawberries with Marsala and Sweetened Ricotta
- Mango “Ice Cream”
- Roasted Figs in Goat Cheese Custard
- Easy French Apple Cake
- Lemon Raspberry Parfait
Have you made Roasted apples and aged Goat cheese for dessert or an appetizer? We would love to see a picture. Tag us on Instagram.
Try this after a light lunch of roasted tomato garlic soup. You can’t go wrong.
- 3 or 4 large apples, your choice, we used Fuji
- 1/2 of a fresh lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Sea salt
- 6 ounces Humboldt Fog® Aged Goat Cheese
- Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425°F line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- Scrub the apples, cut into thick wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet. Squeeze lemon juice over the apple slices and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and transfer to the preheated oven.
- Roast the apple slices just until they are tender—to the al dente stage, about 15-18 minutes, depending on their thickness. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet.
- While the apples are roasting, remove the cheese from the refrigerator, unwrap the paper covering and place the cheese on a serving plate to adjust to room temperature, at least 30 minutes.
- Place wedges of the roasted apple on individual dessert plates and add a thick 1-ounce wedge of the goat cheese to each plate. Garnish with thyme sprigs and serve.
Another serving option:
- Place the roasted apples and the small wheel of cheese on a serving platter or cheese board with serving utensils and garnish with thyme sprigs.
Amount Per ServingCalories 214 Total Fat 11g Saturated Fat 5g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 13mg Sodium 229mg Carbohydrates 26g Fiber 4g Sugar 19g Protein 6g