One thing that you should probably know about me is that I love entertaining. Whether it’s getting friends together for a movie night, or a large group of people for a fun theme night, I love planning the little details that bring good friends together for a genuinely good time.
I believe the best kind of party is a dinner party. Maybe I’m crazy, but to me there is something pretty special about having all your closest friends and family talking over a meal you slaved to prepare, while sitting at a beautifully decorated table (that only looks expensive because of that pesky student budget)!
Now, I totally get that not every 20-something would actually enjoy cooking all day; however, entertaining is becoming a big trend! I’ve begun to notice that I get invitations for Christmas parties, theme nights, and even dinner parties more so than for the casual “hang out” with friends. The trick is knowing how to whip up a get-together that’s simple and not time consuming. Well, I have one dessert that may help this process!
The apple pie is a staple, especially around the holidays (the best time to entertain if you ask me). However, it is also a time-consuming dessert to make. Here, I have adapted an old-fashioned recipe into a modern treat that will leave you with time to spare!
You all may have your own family recipes to use for the filling. I used my own family’s apple pie recipe to make this dessert! If you don’t have a family recipe to use, you can go to sites like Simply Recipes and Crazy for Crust for inspiration. These sites are a go-to for me when I need to make quick and delicious dishes. This recipe serves eight.
1. Peel and slice apples thinly into a bowl.
2. Add lemon juice to apple slices.
3. Combine sugar, salt and, spices (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon) in a bowl.
4. Mix water, vanilla extract and, cornstarch into dry ingredients.
5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.
6. Once the mixture boils, keep it at a boil for two minutes.
7. Add the apples, turn to a simmer, and cover.
8. Stir often, until the apples soften (approx 5-8 minutes).
9. Pour into jars to cool to room temperature.
10. Add 1-2 scoops of ice cream (depending on guest preference).
11. Coat with graham crackers.
I hope you enjoy this at whatever your next get together may be, or even to just treat yourself—why not indulge a little?
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