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3 Apple Dessert Recipes for One Person

Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or underused ingredients.

Stewed apples with mincemeat and whipped cream

Stewed apples with mincemeat and whipped cream

Homemade Dessert for One

Dessert is a course that people cooking only for one often skip—or purchase fully prepared and ready to serve straight from the supermarket carton. Homemade desserts are often seen as being unnecessarily complicated and/or not worthy of the time spent in their preparation.

While this can sometimes be true, if you are a dessert lover it's still nice to enjoy a dessert made by your own hand, especially when wonderful fruits like apples are in season and readily available at their very best. Hopefully, you will find one or more of the following apple dessert recipes worth trying—either for one or more people.

Apple and pineapple turnover resting when it is taken from the oven

Apple and pineapple turnover resting when it is taken from the oven

1. Apple and Pineapple Turnover With Cinnamon

Prep time: 30 min (includes 15 min resting time)

Cook time: 30 min

Ready in: 1 hour

Yields: 1 apple and pineapple turnover


  • 1/2 Bramley apple, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 pineapple ring, roughly chopped
  • 3 ounces puff pastry
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing
  • Vegetable oil to grease baking tray
  • Custard to serve, canned or homemade


  1. Put your oven on to preheat to 400°F / 200°C.
  2. Mix the chopped apple and pineapple and squeeze over lemon juice to stop apple browning.
  3. Roll out the pastry just large enough on a floured board that an 8-inch plate can be used to cut a circle.
  4. Lay the apple and pineapple on one half of the pastry, leaving a 1-inch border. Scatter over the sugar and cinnamon. Lightly glaze the border with beaten egg.
  5. Fold over the empty half of the pastry and carefully crimp the edges.
  6. Lift the parcel onto a lightly greased baking tray. Glaze all over with more beaten egg and cut a steam vent in the centre.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until beautifully golden.
  8. Remove to a wire rack and rest for 15 minutes.
  9. Serve with homemade or (as in this instance!) canned custard.

A step-by-step visual guide is included below:

Set chocolate and apple on a Scottish shortbread biscuit with freshly whipped cream

Set chocolate and apple on a Scottish shortbread biscuit with freshly whipped cream

2. Chocolate and Apple Parfait on Scottish Shortbread Base

Parfait is actually one of those many words used in French cooking that has a very ill-defined meaning. Loosely speaking, it refers to a food substance that is lightly frozen/chilled without ice crystals being allowed to form and constitute ice cream. Hence the reason why this dish can be referred to as a parfait.

Sometimes, a parfait requires that the food be beaten regularly as it is chilled to prevent the formation of those ice crystals—that is not necessary in this instance.

Prep time: 2 hours

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 2 hours 10 min

Yield: 1 parfait


  • 3 ounces cooking chocolate, plus extra for grating, type as desired
  • 1/2 Bramley apple, cored and finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 small shortbread finger
  • 1 ginger snap biscuit/cookie or equivalent
  • 1 ounce (quarter stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks


  1. Break the chocolate into a large bowl. Melt carefully and gently in the bowl, suspended over a saucepan of simmering water. Be sure that the water does not touch the bowl, or the chocolate will split.
  2. Line a small serving dish with clingfilm/plastic wrap.
  3. Stir the apple into the melted chocolate with the ginger and spoon it into the dish. Level out and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Break the ginger snap and shortbread into the centre of a clean tea towel. Wrap and bash with a rolling pin to crumble.
  5. Very gently, melt the butter in a saucepan. Lift from the heat before the butter is fully melted and swirl to complete melting. This prevents the butter from splitting. Add the biscuit crumble and stir well.
  6. Spread the biscuit and butter mix over the set chocolate and press down lightly. Don't worry about unevenness; it's supposed to be rustic. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. Gently warm the dish between your hands for 1-2 minutes. This should allow you to carefully lift the plastic-wrapped and set combination from the dish and lay it upside down on a serving plate. Peel away the clingfilm.
  8. Spoon on the whipped cream and garnish with the grated chocolate.

Check out the photo guide below to see how this dessert comes together!

Simply stewed apples and sultanas mixed with mincemeat and topped with whipped cream

Simply stewed apples and sultanas mixed with mincemeat and topped with whipped cream

3. Stewed Apples With Mincemeat, Sultanas and Whipped Cream

Prep time: 30 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 45 min

Yields: 1 serving


  • 1 Bramley apple, peeled, cored and moderately finely diced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon sultanas
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon mincemeat
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • Grated chocolate to garnish


  1. Put the apple, sultanas, sugar and lemon juice into a saucepan. Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of cold water.
  2. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, for around 10 to 15 minutes, until the apple is just softened.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the mincemeat. Cover and leave for 15 minutes to cool slightly and for the flavours to infuse.
  4. Spoon into a serving dish, top with the whipped cream and grate over the chocolate.

Please refer to the step-by-step photo guide below to help you whip up this dessert!

© 2013 Gordon Hamilton