Mar 11, 2008

17 mins and 10 seconds

What to do when you have some simple basic ingredients lying around in your kitchen ? Whip-up a quick dessert that doesn’t need sophisticated techniques but that can satisfy almost anyone’s sweet tooth? Sometimes it’s nice to be simple and make something that looks warm and inviting, like this layered dessert full of different textures mainly composed of mascarpone, apples and speculoos. Three colours, textures and tastes were whipped up, chopped or broken down into crunchy pieces.

On the very bottom pieces of famous Belgian (and also Northern France) biscuits “Speculoos” (picture above). I also just found out via a comment posted by Linda that Speculoos are also typical in the Netherlands but go under the name "Speculaas"- thanks for the info Linda! In France they are very easy to find and are often served alongside a coffee (instead of a square of dark chocolate). Going in the middle layer are some warm diced apples then topped off with a cool swirl of mascarpone that has been incorporated into some whipped cream. The result is something between an apple-pie or crumble but in a glass with Belgian sweet & spicy tastes (from the Speculoos) and Italian smoothness (from the Mascarpone). A trip for your tastebuds ready in less then 20 minutes!

Recipe for Apple-Speculoos crunch in a glass:

  • Red or pink apples
  • Speculoos biscuits
  • Liquid cream
  • Mascarpone
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon & caramel (optional- for decoration)

How to make it:

  1. First whip up the cream – 5 minutes (you can add sugar here too, but I personally did not)
  2. Then add in the mascarpone and whip very briefly – 1 minute
  3. Place in fridge and let it rest there until everything else is ready – 10 seconds
  4. Dice the apples – 2 minutes
  5. Heat a pan and place the apples with some sugar over heat until they become warm but still have a bit of crunch – 4 minutes (you can add butter, but I’ve gone with a “low fat” version, plus I try to avoid butter when possible, not only for health/weight reasons, but I also feel it tends to cover the real flavours of fruits. Also, you can add a dash of cinnamon here too)
  6. Pull out your verrines/glasses – 30 seconds
  7. Break the speculoos biscuits into small pieces – 1 minute
  8. Place on the bottom of each verrine/glass a layer of broken speculoos – 30 seconds
  9. Follow with a layer of the warm diced apples – 1 minute
  10. Top off with a swirl of the mascarpone-whipped cream – 2 minutes


P.S: you can decorate with sprinkled cinnamon and small cubes of soft caramel (that will take you an additional minute)


A. Grace said...

let me get this straight--apples, mascarpone, cinnamon, AND caramel? good lord in heaven, i'd like some immediately!! i wonder if they sell speculoos in new york...

Patricia Scarpin said...

This is a wonderful combo of flavors, Marianna! Not to mention it looks so beautiful...
I'm a total sucker for speculoos!

Deborah said...

I wish I had some of those speculoos so I could make this - what a gorgeous dessert!

Marija said...

Oh, wow, your photos are stunning!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your photos are just lovely! The dessert is perfect for a week night pick-me-up! Who could not love anything with mascarpone!?!?

Can you recommend a substitute for the speculoos, in case I can't find them here? What kind of biscuits are they?

Marianna said...

Hello everyone, thank you for your very nice comments! :-)

A.Grace & Stickygooeycreamychewy- if you can't find speculoos I would recommend ginger snaps or crispy ginger cookies... any crunchy biscuit that tastes heavily of cinnamon, ginger...along those lines. Good luck!

Patricia- thank you again for your sweet comments, I really appreciate!

Marjah & Deborah- thank you for your comments and for passing by!

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linda said...

Delicious combination! So easy and so right.
btw we have speculoos too in the Netherlands, only we call it speculaas ;)

Marianna said...

Linda- thanks for letting me know, I was not aware of that!!! And thanks for your comment!