Apple Baklava Parfaits
I love baklava! Who doesn’t though – probably those of you with bad nut allergies but you know what I mean. What if I told you you could have the flavours of baklava in a fabulous dessert without as much effort and no phyllo involved? Plus any leftovers can double as breakfast the next day! A sweet deal I would say. This is the situation here with these parfaits.
Really simple dessert and also pretty quick to put together as well. Not only that it can totally be veganised. The alternatives to making it vegan are listed next to the ingredients. Maple syrup instead of honey is fabulous but I do prefer the honey. Especially our local honey which is super fragrant with floral notes and fabulous.
I like to make a double batch of the granola cause I love lots of leftovers that can be eaten for breakfast over yoghurt with honey (a classic in the olive and mango home) or of course with some almond milk. I would love to say there are leftover apples but usually I end up eating those out of the pan and they are gone with just enough for assembling the parfaits. What? I can’t help myself! Butter and honey apples – can’t resist – won’t resist – zero resistance – piece de resistance? The end!
Basically you just gotta make these!! Did I mention they are also a great make–ahead dessert perfect for having people over. You can make and store the granola in an airtight container for a couple days. You can also make the apples a day ahead and keep them refrigerated in an airtight container (sealed very tight cause I may find them) until you are ready to assemble. The only thing you would have to do when serving is make the whip which literally takes minutes and assembly is pretty easy and fuss free! Give them a try if you’re looking for a little something different and a little reminiscent of a Greek/Middle Eastern/Turkish classic. Hope that covered all my baklava making countries. Each component is delicious and together they are a symphony of yum! And do not go easy on the honey – let it flow!
Makes 4-6 parfaits depending on size of cups you use
For the granola
- 1½ cups old fashion rolled oats
- ¼ cup pistachios chopped
- ¾ cup walnuts chopped
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ground clove
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (feel free to add a little more if you prefer it sweeter)
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp orange blossom water (optional and/or can even do a little rose water too)
- ½ stick of butter melted or approx ¼ cup or coconut oil
For the apples
- 4 apples peeled cored and cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp orange blossom water (optional)
For the whip cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream or whipped coconut cream
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp orange blossom water (optional)
For the topping
- A couple of tbsp of honey or maple syrup, a sprinkle of granola and crushed nuts
Preheat oven to 300 ° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Toss all the baklava granola ingredients together in a large bowl and then transfer to the baking sheet and bake for approx 30 minutes or until golden and crisp, checking and shaking pan around a little to toss halfway through baking time. Once done remove and place pan on cooling rack until completely cool and while you prepare the rest of the layers
In a large skillet over medium heat melt the butter and add the apples and cinnamon and cook stirring frequently for approx 10-15 minutes or until apples are tender. Add the honey, vanilla and orange blossom water and stir the apples well to coat. Cook for another couple of minutes and then take them off the heat and set aside
In a large bowl whip/beat with a mixer the heavy cream along with the vanilla and orange blossom water until it turns into soft peeks and then set aside
To build each parfait layer according to preference. I usually do 2 tbsp apples on bottom followed by 2 tbsp of granola and then 2 tbsp whip and repeat. I end it off with a little extra sprinkle of granola and crushed nuts and a good little drizzle of honey.