How have you been? Ready for apple harvest time yet? Pies, crisps, sauce (my friend shared her amazing technique to do apple sauce, I’ll share it soon!), butter, etc! Well, if you want to spice up (no pun intended) your usual apple crisp, here is a layered one, in a jar, with spiced apples and maple whipped cream. It’s soooooooo good! And you know I’m not a big fan of fruit desserts. But THIS, this is yummy!
Let me know what you think about it!
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Juice of two lemons
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 peppercorns
- 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
- 3 cloves
- Seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
- 6 cups apples peeled, cored and cut into cubes
- 2 x ½ teaspoons butter
- 1/8 cup apple juice
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- ** You could also put about 2 tablespoons of maple syrup instead of the sugar and the extract.
- ½ cup oat
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 275ºF.
- With a mortar and a pestle, grind the peppercorns and cloves together.
In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, the spices (except the bay leaves), the vanilla seeds and the lemon juice. Add the apples and mix well.
- Spread the apples in a large baking tin. Add the bay leaves, butter and drizzle with apple juice. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 50 minutes or until the apples are tender. Let cool completely.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the butter and mix until combined.
- Spread on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes. Stir and continue baking until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Let cool completely.
- In a bowl, add the cream, the sugar and the maple extract. Whip until soft peaks form.
- Fill a pastry bag with the whipped cream. Pipe a layer of cream at the base of each jar.
- Spoon a layer of about 1/4 cup spiced apples.
- Spoon crisp on top.
- Eat immediately.