Thursday, November 20, 2014

Warm Orange Spiced Apple Parfaits- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

Warm spiced apples are layered with orange scented bread crumbs and pecans, in this delicious parfait.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Warm Orange Spiced Apple Parfaits- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

It's time for this month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge! Where bloggers create a recipe, using two ingredients that you wouldn't normally pair together. This month the ingredients were Citrus and Bread Crumbs. Not too crazy right? Well, I almost backed out of this month, due to lack of motivation and time. I had all these fabulous ideas floating around in my head (cod topped with citrus bread crumbs and baked in the oven), but I just couldn't find the time to get something done. 

So Monday morning, I took the time. I decided to go in a totally different direction and make a dessert. At first I thought of making an apple crisp, but it had already been done. So, I took the apple crisp idea and decided to turn it into some parfaits instead. Layers of warm tender spiced apples, alternate with crunchy orange flavoured panko bread crumbs and pecans. Some whipped cream to garnish and VOILA, a really delicious dessert. (ice cream would also be awesome on top!) The panko bread crumbs got SO crunchy, as I sauteed them with some melted butter, a bit of fresh orange juice and some orange zest, A bit of brown sugar and pecans, bring wonderful flavour and texture to the bread crumbs. I wanted the dessert to be slightly warm, without baking it, so I sauteed my apples in a mixture of butter, sugar, spices and orange juice. The flavours and aromas are intoxication and this dessert is perfect for a cold winter night!

Hun... What's for Dinner? Warm Orange Spiced Apple Parfaits- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

Warm Orange Spiced Apple Parfaits
(makes 2 small parfaits)

1 C panko bread crumbs
4 Tbs butter, divided
4 Tbs fresh orange juice, divided
1 tsp orange zest
4 Tbs dark brown sugar, divided
1/4 C pecan pieces
3 apples, peeled and cored, chopped
1/4 C water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for topping

In a non stick skillet, melt 2 Tbs of butter with 2 Tbs of orange juice and orange zest, until bubbling. Add in the panko bread crumbs and toss to coat. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until bread crumbs begin to brown; about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 Tbs brown sugar and pecans and cook until pecans have been warmed through; another 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

In a separate skillet, melt the remaining 2 Tbs of butter, with the remaining 2 Tbs brown sugar and 2 Tbs orange juice. Once butter is melted, add in apples, cinnamon, cloves and water and cook over medium heat until apples start to become tender and liquid become thick; about 5 minutes.

To assemble: place 1/4 C of the bread crumb mixture in the bottom of a half pint mason jar. Top bread crumbs with 1/4 of the apples, tapping the jar lightly on the counter to even them out. Top apples with 3 Tbs of bread crumb mixture and repeat with another 1/4 of the apples; lightly tapping the jar on the counter, to settle the apples and bread crumb mixture. At this point, you can top the parfait with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and 1 Tbs of the bread crumb mixture. Repeat with second mason jar.



Ashley Lecker said...

This sounds wonderful! Like a holiday in a glass!

Paula said...

Well done! This looks scrumptious!

Lori Hart said...

Love your recipe from the challenge. Must try this one .

Dawn Bedingfield said...

I love this and it sounds so yummy! I need to try this. Thanks for participating in the CIC.
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Audrey said...

This sounds so amazing! Warm and homey, mmmm. perfect for Fall.

mealplanmaven said...

I love trying new parfaits and yours is so pretty! Perfect for the holidays too!...

Susan Zentmyer said...

Great use of the challenge ingredients. This is a perfect fall dessert!

Patricia Conte said...

Love your challenge!! These look and sound fab! Very creative :)

Kelster said...

love that someone else made dessert. Love your parfaits