Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Canadian Blogging By Post 2

Jasmine from Confessions of a Cardamom Addict is the lovely hostess of Canadian Blogging By Post 2 - Our Seasons Bounty.

While I am definitely not a winter/fall person, I'll admit I do love the big piles of squashes, beets, apples and corn at the markets this time of year. One food that always makes me think of fall is apples.

In the fall when I was a kid my mom would buy big bags of apples and make all sorts of treats - apple pie and apples cored and stuffed with brown sugar and nuts and then baked were two of my favorites. But my very favorite was her apple sauce. Saturday nights my mom would fill her crock pot with peeled apple slices sugar and spices and when I would wake up in the morning the house would smell so good. The sauce was thick and full of big apple pieces and dark brown from all the spice - nothing like the yellow pureed sauce you buy in the stores. Ah memories!

This is a newer favorite apple dish of ours. I hate to admit it, but this dessert makes me sort of glad the weather has cooled down a bit. Don't tell anyone!
Broiled Apple Parfait
makes 2 generous servings
2 apples peeled cored and thinly sliced
2 tb brown sugar
2 tb butter, melted
6 tb pure maple syrup
2 tb brandy
4 butter cookies roughly chopped or crumbled (I like Presidents Choice Dutch Butter Cookies)
Vanilla Ice Cream

Preheat broiler. Lay apple slices in a single layer on a baking pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the slices, then drizzle the butter over the top. Place under the broiler and cook until the sugar has melted and the apples are soft and starting to color, stirring once or twice. Remove from oven. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan or microwave safe bowl, mix the maple syrup and brandy together and heat until very warm.
Take half of the cookies and sprinkle them in the bottom of 2 bowls. Top each bowl with 1/4 of the apples. Scoop a small spoon of ice cream onto the apples and drizzle each with a spoonful of the brandied syrup. Repeat with the rest of the cookies and apples. Place another scoop of ice cream on top and another spoon or two of sauce.
Serve straight away.


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Anonymous said...

Oh, President's Choice Dutch cookies...I love those. I like this idea very much.
I however love Fall and Winter, though having relatives where you live I know that it can be a bit much...but if you can live through a Winterpeg winter, you can live through any winter :)

Annie said...

That looks so inviting. I too hate to admit that I enjoy cooking fall dishes. There is just something about the cold weather that brings out all the best smells and flavors!

Btw, I added you to my links :D

Brilynn said...

Glad to hear you've joined CBBP, I've seen some of the other posts for it and everything looks very tasty.

Rachel said...

I love that idea!

jasmine said...

Oh nummy nummy nummy!

Thanks so much for taking part!


Anonymous said...

Well that's just perfect for fall, isn't it? Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Your secret is safe with me!!!

Pepper said...

I did a riff on the apple recipe. I used pears, and graham crumbs. It would have been better your way, I think - I particularly liked the effect of the boozy syrup soaked into the crumbs, but it would have been better with coarse cookies.

Sam said...

I like the idea of an apple parfait. Thanks for sharing.

Ruth Daniels said...

Sara, how simple and how simply divine!

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is my kind of dessert. I am always looking for new pudding/custard and parfait recipes.