07 November 2013

Easy Holiday Recipe: Daydream Dessert of Cake, Ice Cream, Slow-Cooked Apple Topping




Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISChoose your favorite dessert ingredients and toss into a slow cooker for your own Daydream Dessert. This one is made with apples, coconut and almonds and served over ice cream.
Photo: Patrick Dennis/The Advocate newspaper, Baton Rouge, Louisiana



From Denny:  This is an easy recipe to throw together when you are pressed for time or too tired to make something more elaborate.  The slow cooker crock is to the rescue.  Make this easy topping - which only takes a couple of hours to cook on Low on its own - while you prepare dinner and get the kids organized for school the next day or help with homework.

Remember strawberry shortcake every summer and how easy it is to put together in a snap?  Well, this recipe is just as easy.  While the slow cooker does its work just hop on over to the grocery store and pick up those same pre-made individual sponge cakes and your favorite vanilla ice cream.  

This simple cooked topping involves only two apples, a handful of coconut, a small handful of sliced almonds, butter and brown sugar.  Serve on your most decorative dessert plate.  Build with a foundation of an individual sponge cake, a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream and then topped with the hot apple-coconut topping.  Garnish with more almonds and sprinkle with coconut...


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Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISChoose your favorite dessert ingredients and toss into a slow cooker for your own Daydream Dessert. This one is made with apples, coconut and almonds and served over ice cream.


Daydream Dessert

From:  Julie Kay, food editor at The Advocate newspaper, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Serves:  4

Ingredients:

2 apples of choice, chopped
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup almonds
4 Tbls. butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
Vanilla ice cream
Individual sponge cakes from grocery store


Directions:

1. Put apples, coconut and almonds into slow cooker. Mix together melted butter and brown sugar.

2. Pour butter and sugar over apples, coconut and almonds.

3. Cook on Low for 2 hours.

4. Place a spoonful of ice cream into each sponge cake and quickly top with slow-cooked mixture. Serve immediately.



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