I’m just gonna kick off the revamp of this blog with a recipe. I’ve been out of work for 2 months for BACK SURGERY- more specifically Spine surgery. (Spinal fusion of my L5S1 area). (DO NOT RECOMMEND). Anywho. Now that I’m doing alright and can move around a bit, I’ve started physical therapy, and I’m just downright bored so I’m going to try to start baking more and more just to bring some creativity back into my life.
So lets jump right on in, shall we? This is a recipe for those of you who want something quick, easy, customizable and good all year round. With a few tweaks you can really make this your own. With the holidays coming, and apple pie on my mind for Thanksgiving, I’ve created these sweet parfaits. I love a good parfait, honestly. And they can be made to look so cute and elegant, you can serve it at your holiday party!
Lets start with ingredients….
For the apple layer:
-2-4 diced apples of your choice
-1 tbsp butter or butter alternative for those of you with vegan diets
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-Roughly 1/8 tsp cloves
For the whipped cream layer:
-1 cup heavy whipping cream (*for vegans, you can use a coconut cream (the cream only- no liquid. I think they sell cans of just cream now….)
-2 tbsp granulated sugar
-1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional but I sure love having that slight taste in my whip!)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the ‘crust’ layer:
This is where you can get creative. I used 3 different options: ginger snaps, granola and graham crackers. Just put the ginger snaps or graham crackers into some ziplock baggies and smash them into small chunks (or put in a food processor (I lost mine. RIP).
Lets get cookin’!
- Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and melt your butter.
- Add your apples and spices and let those babies cook down (stirring every so often). (This will take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on how small you chopped your apples.)
- Once your apples have cooked down and are slightly browned (and your house smells like heaven) put them in a tupperware container and put in the fridge to cool down for 2 hours.
- To make the whipped cream, put the heavy whipping cream into a large bowl and use a hand mixer to whip up, or put into a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk until it looks like a cream with soft peaks. Add your sugar, vanilla and cinnamon (if you so choose to add it) and whip until you have some firm peaks.
- Assembly time! Think about how a pie is- start with your ‘crust’, then add apples, a layer of whipped cream (pro tip: put it into a gallon ziplock bag, cut the corner and voila! you have a piping bag!!) Add a second or third set of layers depending on what vessels you use to hold your parfait. (I used these adorable glasses from the Magnolia collection at Target.
(I used 2 apples, 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 1/2 tbsp sugar, and then just eyeballed the crumb crusts to make 3 parfaits. 1 full cup of whip and 4 apples should get you 6 parfaits!)