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  • Serves: 10 Servings

Apple Crisp Parfait

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Category: Breakfast

 Ingredients List

  • ~~~~~~ For Poaching the Apples ~~~~~~
  • 4 pounds firm, tart apples for baking (see note above)
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons), freshly squeezed and strained
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ~~~~~~ For the Parfait ~~~~~~
  • 3 cups heavy cream, for whipping
  • 2 to 3 cups Brown Sugar Crisp Crumbles (recipe follows)
  • ~~~~~~ Recommended Equipment ~~~~~~
  • A large saucepan, 5- or 6-quart capacity, with a cover


Poaching the Apples

1. Cut the apples in thick wedges, peel, and cut away the cores and seeds. Slice the wedges into chunks and cubes, an inch thick or larger (don't cut them too small or they will overcook). As you work, put the apple chunks in a mixing bowl and toss with some of the lemon zest and juice, to prevent browning. When you're finished, you should have about 10 cups of apples mixed with all the zest and juice.

2. Pour the sugar over the apples, and toss gently to coat the pieces. Turn all the fruit into the saucepan, slosh the bowl with the 1/2 cup water to rinse out all the sugar, and pour that into the pan too.

3. Set the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil. Stir the apples gently (so they're all heating), cover the pan, and cook about 2 minutes. Remove the cover, and continue to boil, reducing the juices, stirring the apple chunks around a couple of times, but not mushing them up. After 5 or 6 minutes, when the apples have softened and turned translucent on the outside (they won't be cooked all the way through), remove the pan from the heat. If the chunks have started to all apart, turn them out of the saucepan into a bowl to stop cooking; otherwise, let the apples and the remaining liquid cool to room temperature (the chunks will reabsorb some of their juices as they sit).

4. The apples can be cooked a day ahead and refrigerated; let them warm up a bit before serving.

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