I am a sucker for any type of fruit based dessert. We had several apples which were quickly loosing their crispiness due to our recent warm weather and I am on a mission to reduce food waste.
This is a simple version of a classic dessert taking a shortcut by using maple syrup and using a sheet of store bought puff pasty.
After you have peeled the apples and cut into wedges, melt a good dollop of butter (about 50 g) in a oven proof non stick frypan. Add a slug of maple syrup to the butter and you will see the magic begin to happen. Cook for a minute or so until combined then put in your fresh thyme. Watch out, it will spit and carry on, this is basically a caramel mixture that gets very hot. Add your apples and cook gently for about 5 minutes. While the apples are cooking defrost a sheet of puff pastry and cut into a round slightly larger than your frying pan. Remove from the heat and put the pastry over the apple mixture taking care to tuck in the sides (using a knife) which will create a nice pasty edge on the finished dessert.
Place in the oven and bake until the pastry is nice and brown - 20 mins or so.
Remove from the oven, place a plate over the frying pan, invert turn to decant onto the plate. Do take care the mixture is super hot.
Cool a little and then serve with a scoop of melting ice cream. It is also just as tasty served cold the next day where the herbal flavour of the thyme is more pronounced.