Shot Glass Apple Parfaits

by jerseygirl on September 23, 2011 · 20 comments

Have you heard of Kitchen Play? Each month Kitchen Play hosts a unique progressive dinner party where six talented bloggers are assigned a course where they incorporate a product into a created recipe. This month the virtual dinner party was sponsored by The US Apple Association. Bloggers can take the challenge of recreating one of the six bloggers recipes. I decided to take on the challenge of the dessert course.

Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny made a comforting parfait where she alternated layers of brown sugar apples, vanilla yogurt, maple syrup and granola. It is the perfect fall dessert! With the mini dessert craze that has hit the restaurant industry, I decided to make mine in shot glasses. The minis are the perfect size to end your meal. My kids loved them. I have made desserts in shot glasses before and they were always a hit. I am hoping that by the time my kids go to college, they think the main purposes of shot glasses are to hold luscious desserts. It might not work but it’s worth a try to keep using my glasses for desserts.

I made a few changes to the recipe by eliminating the maple syrup. The apples were so ripe, they didn’t need the extra sweetness. I think my laziness took over and I didn’t peel the apples. I prefer the texture and like the added nutrients that the skins provide. We were out of granola so I used my kids favorite cereal which is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It gave a nice crunch to the parfaits. Feel free to use any cereal or even crushed graham crackers. I think these mini desserts would make a great addition to a brunch table too.

The amount of ingredients you need will vary with the size of your shot glasses. I used 4 medium size apples and 24 ounces of vanilla yogurt to make 12 desserts. And don’t worry, if you eat two it’s okay because they are mini!

Shot Glass Apple Parfaits

4 medium apples, cored and chopped into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla paste – if you do not have vanilla paste you can regular vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
24oz. vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
Cinnamon Toast Crunch (crushed) or your favorite cereal

Take chopped apples and put in large bowl. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and vanilla paste, stir and let sit for 30 minutes. The apples will be sitting in a bowl of sugary liquid. Take apples and juice and put into saucepan on the stove. Simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the apples are soft but not falling apart. The sugar mixture should thicken up a bit. Remove from heat and let cool. Layer the yogurt and cooled apple mixture into 12 shot glasses (less or more depending on the size of your glasses). Continue until you reach the top of each glass, then sprinkle with the crushed cereal.

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