Mele nel Cartoccio {Baked Apples in Parchment Garnished with Strawberries}

Continuing on with my infatuation with parchment paper cooking, I give you a dessert selection cooked in what else… PARCHMENT ; )ย  I am in LURVE with my current La Cucina Italiana magazine and their section full of mouth watering recipes that are cooked in parchment paper. I think I might actually have to make all of them. I’m especially loving this quick and easy {and pretty good for you, at least in my opinion} dessert.

This recipe makes enough for 4 people and uses only 2 apples! Making it incredibly budget friendly. You could easily shake it up and use any combination of fruit and preserves that you like.

It’s bursting at the seams with fresh flavors. The apples have been ever so lightly kissed with the sugar that has oh so slightly caramelized during baking.ย  It practically jumps off of the parchment paper with it’s beautiful vibrant colors making a stunning presentation AND one of my favorite parts of all, guess what, no plates to clean ; )

I can’t wait to try this out with fresh peaches! Swoon ; )


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Inspired by La Cucina Italiana March/April 2011 Edition
What you’ll need:
4 tablespoons strawberry jam
2 golden delicious apples – cored and sliced thin
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons raw cane sugar
Fresh strawberries – sliced
1 pint vanilla ice cream – optional

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut 8 – 8″ circles of parchment paper.

2. Place a tablespoon jam into the center of 4 sheets of parchment. Divide apples slices into 4 equal portions. Fan 1/4 apple slices onto the top ofย  jam on each sheet. Drizzle each with 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Cover each with a second sheet of parchment and crimp edges to seal.

3. Place packets onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until fragrant.

4. Allow packets to cool slightly. Once opened garnish with strawberry slices and ice cream if desired.

Buon Appetito!



  1. 1

    Simple but SO FABULOUS!

  2. 2

    Wowzah…this sounds like the perfect dessert for tonight!

  3. 3

    I’m loving this parchment paper addiction of yours!

    I’m curious, did you try it with other apples? I’m a big fan of golden delicious, but they can be hard to find for me (crazy California only stocks heirloom varities sometimes).

    Hope you’re having fun on your trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 4

    Parchment paper dessert? That’s a first one, but looks deliciously easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 5

    Paula, these are beautiful and I’m sure so delicious!

  6. 6

    What a pretty dessert, and perfect for spring!

  7. 7

    What a great spring or summer dessert, Paula. I love how light and fresh it seems – and cooking in parchment is such a wonderful technique. Lovely, my dear!

  8. 8

    Look at that! What can be better than a gorgeous, simple, healthy and fuss free dessert? I’m bookmarking this!

  9. 9

    this looks divine. I love cooking in parchment but have never done a dessert that way. I guess it’s time I gave it a try.

  10. 10

    We are both just so impressed how often you post. You go!

  11. 11

    Oh, I love to cook in parchment… It reminds me of camping. Love these baked apples… I’d totally eat them for breakfast.

  12. 12

    I’d love to have this anytime! Seriously, any time of day-I’d be all over this. So pretty, too!

  13. 13

    What a fantastic recipe and presentation!! Love this!

  14. 14

    Fabulous idea, I love the concept of baking in parchment. And it’s so easy for making a quick dessert.

  15. 15

    I can`t wait to summer and strawberries! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 16

    Having such a quick and easy dessert around is going to put all my exercising to waste ๐Ÿ™

  17. 17

    What a great recipe to welcome warm weather!

  18. 18

    Gosh, this is pretty! I imagine it’d be awesome with peaches, too. I like cooking things in parchment paper too – probably because it appeals to the OCD in me and minimises mess ๐Ÿ˜›

    Jax x

    PS: I’m making your conchigliette con piselli today! I bookmarked it months ago and it’ll be the first thing I cook now that I’m home! Squee!

  19. 19

    I’m not a fan of golden delicious apples, but like the general idea. And agree, it’d be awesome with peaches!

  20. 20

    I just discovered “La Cucina Italiana” magazine. Their photos are inspirational! Those step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and make me want to get in the kitchen and invite my whole family over. Thanks for sharing!

  21. 21

    Beautiful, simple, not too sweet, and exactly the sort of thing I love for dessert. Plus, this approach would lend itself so well to being adapted for other seasonal fruits as the year progresses. Such a lovely post, Paula.

  22. 22

    Wow, nothing like making clean-up EASY! Can’t wait to try some of these great recipes and the parchment paper sounds wonderful. I have never heard of this but….I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for such great ideas and recipes!


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