Caramel Apple Pomegranate Parfait

Caramel Apple Pomegranate Parfait

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When we first started We are not Martha, I didn’t have much in the way of kitchen appliances. In fact, if a recipe told me to use a stand mixer or food processor, I totally laughed and put it in the “I’ll never make that” category. Of course, the more and longer I’ve been cooking, the more my kitchen has been building up with all kinds of fun appliances and gadgets. But sometimes it’s good to get back to your roots and realize you don’t need to plug things in to have amazing results. Nor do you need to lift weights and have top-notch arm strength to get whip up delicious food.

When I opted in to a recent Foodbuzz Tastemaker program for the new OXO Egg Beater, I was pleasantly surprised when they sent me a whole array of OXO goods. I’ve always been a big OXO fan, mainly because their kitchen tools look good and are comfortable to use. But my task from Foodbuzz was to utilize the egg beater however I wanted. Easy enough, right?

I knew I was going to love the new egg beater right when I took it out of the box. It has the Good Grip handle… And removable stainless steel whisk beaters, which make them easy to clean. Woot!

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Sure, I could have made a recipe that required beaten eggs. But I remembered back in the day when I didn’t own a hand mixer or a stand mixer and wanted to whip cream. See, I HATE whipped cream from a can. Absolutely cannot eat it. So, when I’m making a recipe with whipped cream, it has to be fresh. And I always feel bad when I’m writing recipes here and say “Use your hand mixer… Or you can use a whisk and a whole lot of elbow grease.” Because yes, you’d need a WHOLE lot of elbow grease. But with OXO’s egg beater (which retails for just $19.99, by the way), you can have whipped cream in no time; no electricity or sore muscles needed.

I decided to make a parfait using some of my favorite fall fruits, homemade caramel, and lots of fresh whipped cream!

Caramel Apple Pomegranate Parfait (serves 2):
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  • 1 C granulated sugar, plus 1/8 C, plus 1 t
  • 6 T butter, plus 1 T
  • 1 t vanilla extract, plus 1 t
  • 1/2 C heavy/whipping cream, plus 1 C
  • 2 macintosh apples, chopped into small cubes
  • 1/8 C brown sugar
  • Arils from 1 pomegranate

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Start by making the caramel sauce. Heat 1 C sugar over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. As it begins melting, stir it briskly and non-stop with a wooden spoon or whisk. Make sure you keep stirring or your sugar will burn!

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Your sugar will soon come to a boil. Stop stirring and only gently swirl the pan. Once all the sugar granules are melted and the mixture appears amber in color, add butter to the pan and whisk until it melts. Be careful not to let your caramel burn and make sure you remove the pan from the heat right when the butter is incorporated.

Take the pan off the heat and after waiting a few seconds, whisk in the cream and continue whisking until the caramel is nice and smooth.

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Let cool a bit. Pout into a airtight container and put it in the fridge until you’re ready to heat it up and use it.

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Next step: the apples! In a large skillet, melt 1 T of butter and add the apples in. Cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until apples are slightly browning.

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Add the 1/8 C of granulated sugar and 1/8 C of brown sugar and cook for another 5 minutes until the apples begin caramelizing. Remove from pan.

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Make sure your pomegranate arils are all ready to go!

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Then you can get your whipped cream on! All you do is put your cream in a bowl and turn the handle on the beater. Beat until stiff peaks form. You only need 1 C worth of cream for this recipe, but I used 2 and had a lot leftover.

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Turning the handle is MUCH easier than trying to make whipped cream using just a whisk. Everything is steady and much less cream splashes around the kitchen.

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Also, your arm will hurt a lot less. Trust me. Once the cream was almost done, I added in 1 t of sugar and 1 t vanilla.

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It only took me about 2-3 minutes of whisking to get these nice peaks.

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And then it was time to build the parfait! I started with a layer of caramel on the bottom and a layer of apples over that. Then a nice, hefty portion of whipped cream and pomegranate arils over it. On one of my parfaits, I poured caramel over the pomegranate, but then realized it was prettier if I just put apples over the poms. Then another layer of whipped cream and a caramel drizzle with more pomegranates on top.

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Perfection!

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First of all, I seriously missed my beloved pomegranates this summer. I’m SO happy they’re back. Pomegranates are one of those fruits I could absolutely live off.

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While every component of this parfait was pretty fabulous, it was definitely the light and fluffy homemade whipped cream that made it. Seriously, after you try making whipped cream like this, you will gag when you think of the canned stuff too (seriously. I cannot). This is SO much lighter and real-like… You know, like food should be.

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These flavors all worked really well together and made me thrilled to finally be immersed in fall.

Do you make your own whipped cream? What’s your technique?

Chels and I are off for another year of Butterball fun tomorrow morning! We’re SO excited to hang out with all the Butterball ladies and get a cook some turkeys. Of course, we’ll be reporting back to you with all that we learn! In case you’re curious, here’s what we did last year and the year before!

[Sues]

19 Responses to "Caramel Apple Pomegranate Parfait"

  1. Megan says:

    That is a gorgeous parfait! I miss pomegranate seeds too and now need to get my hands on some after seeing your pictures. I use my stand mixer for whipped cream and add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Homemade whipped cream is so worth making!

  2. Susan says:

    I second Megan. That is gorgeous! Mike and I once tried to made meringue without a mixer, we quit.

  3. Kathryn says:

    This is so pretty! I love the colours and the textures. It looks and sounds delicious.

  4. Simply Life says:

    wow! what a great parfait and fun way to use your new kitchen tool!

  5. Shannon says:

    Mmm, so glad pomegranates are back! so gorgeous 🙂

  6. Michelle says:

    I love those beautiful pomegranate seeds!

  7. Cya says:

    I completely agree with you about whipped cream. I. CANNOT. EAT. CANNED. WHIPPED. CREAM. yuck!
    My favorite way to make whipped cream is in a food processor. It takes less than five minutes for the tastiest fresh whipped cream.

  8. brandi says:

    don’t you LOVE that egg beater?!? I got one in the bag from food blog form and I’m OBSESSED with it.

  9. mmmm, looks delish! Perfect way to enjoy fall flavors.

  10. This looks gorgeous and so delicious. Homemade whip cream is totally the way to go.

  11. Priyanka says:

    Its a perfect breakfast…looks perfect.

  12. Ellen Renee says:

    Enjoy your Butterball visit! I started reading your blog, notes from the trenches and moosh in indy all from visiting the Butterball site a couple of years ago. Side note: I get an email from the Paula Dean site and yesterday they had a pumpkin mudslide cupcake that reminded me of something you would bake (bailey’s irish cream and kahlua are involved!).

  13. Susan says:

    How beautiful and delicious! I usually end up hauling out the KitchenAid to make whipped cream but I love this gadget you have.

  14. Erica says:

    mmm homemade whipped cream. I never make my own, but Josh’s Mom does and I always take a mass amount :). This parfait is gorgeous and the flavors are totally unique

  15. Kerstin says:

    What creative and pretty parfaits – wish i was enjoying one right now 🙂

  16. This is so beautiful and sounds delicious. And it reminded me that I randomly had a dream last night that I had a container of pom arils in my fridge!

  17. lena says:

    hi sue, is this egg beater battery operated, havent seen anything like this..

  18. this sounds so great! and by the way- is that cardigan from banana republic? if so, i totally have it too! so cute.

  19. Reeni says:

    The parfait is nothing short of heavenly! I love homemade whipped cream – nothing in the world compares – I use an electric mixer. Hope you’re having a good time with the turkey ladies!

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