Sometimes when things get a little hectic I make myself stop what I am doing for a little while and just brainstorm posts, projects or recipes I want to write or create.
Everyone has their creative outlet and writing things down (not typing) is little therapeutic for me.
Oh, and mechanical pencils. I have a little bit of a thing for mechanical pencils. Love.
Needless to say, stepping away from the computer for a little bit during the day feels pretty great. I come back feeling refreshed and ready to write.
It was during one of those mini brainstorming sessions that the idea for this Hot Caramel Apple Pie Parfait hit me. A simple recipe with only four ingredients. Ok, five if you count a little butter.
Our boys LOVE yogurt and Mr. Claire usually eats at least one a day so of course we are always on the lookout for new flavors to try. Both the Liberté® Méditerranée Caramel AND the Méditerranée Cappuccino sounded so good and I knew the caramel variety would be perfect for this recipe.
My initial thought was a “crust” layer using graham crackers but I quickly decided shortbread cookies would be even better.
We also had some holiday shaped shortbread cookies in the freezer and this was a perfect excuse to use them up.
It’s funny how once you take a little time to brainstorm ideas you become quite resourceful too – thinking of new ways to use things you might already have on hand.
The prep is minimal and cooking the apples only takes about five minutes. This was such a hit and talk about a little show stopper for dessert!
Layers of shortbread cookie, warm baked cinnamon apples, Liberté® Méditerranée Caramel yogurt and a little whipped cream on top? Yes. #YogurtPerfection
Clearly the whipped cream isn’t even needed, as you can see. It’s an optional ingredient in the recipe but…
Sure makes it look purty. Oh, and… whipped cream.
Speaking of hectic, we have company coming into town this Friday and I will be “whipping” these up again. They are so simple to make that I almost feel like I am cheating. Almost. 😉
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 large baking apple (such as Fuji), peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
- 3 tsp light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups shortbread cookies, broken into 1/2" pieces
- 2 Caramel flavored yogurt cups
- Whipped topping for garnish (optional)
- Add butter to a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
- Once hot, about 2-3 minutes, add the chopped apples, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Stir to coat and then continue stirring the mixture every 30 seconds or so for 5 minutes to ensure even browning.
- Remove the apple mixture from the heat and set aside to cool slightly, 2-3 minutes.
- While the apple mixture is cooling, add a layer of the shortbread cookie pieces to the bottom of two parfait glasses or small mason jars.
- This is not an exact science - you can split the broken cookie pieces into 4 parts as each of the two parfaits will get two cookie layers.
- Open the yogurt containers and stir each until combined. Each parfait will use one yogurt cup.
- Divide the first yogurt cup as the second layer and spoon half over the shortbread cookie layer.
- Stir the apple mixture and place 1/4 of the mixture into each parfait (using 1/2 the apples total) as a third layer on top of the yogurt layer.
- Repeat the layers with the remaining shortbread cookies and yogurt cup with the apple mixture as the last layer on top.
- Garnish with whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.
- This recipe makes two parfaits and it can easily be doubled or tripled.
- If making more than two, you can use a large skillet to cook the apples as opposed to a saucepan.
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Here’s to taking a little time out to brainstorm new ideas.
Claire is a wife and busy working Mom to three boys and A Little CLAIREification is a lifestyle blog committed to bringing readers “Bright Ideas On A Budget” – from recipes, crafts and DIY projects to time management tips, meal planning and inspiration.
A self proclaimed CHEESE addict and lover of Sharpie markers in every color known to man, Claire also likes to throw a little fun and laughter in the mix as well.