A layered apple crisp variation with maple syrup. Canadian chef and Food Network star Ricardo Larrivée draws his inspiration for this crowd-pleasing dessert from Quebecois classics like sugar pie and apple crisp and serves it up in charming individual jars.
2 tsp gelatin
1 cup water
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup maple syrup
4 Royal Gala or Cortland apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream (35%)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup sour cream
Step 1: For the maple jelly, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup of water in a bowl and let soften for 5 minutes. Set aside.
Step 2: In a saucepan, bring the remaining ingredients to a boil. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Divide the mixture among 6 attractive glasses or small jam jars. Refrigerate for about 4 hours.
Step 3: For the maple-glazed apples, bring the maple syrup and apples to a boil in a large skillet. Simmer, stirring frequently, until the apples are tender and the juice syrupy. Let cool partially. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Drain the apples.
Step 4: For the crisp, preheat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle position. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Step 5: In a food processor, combine the dry ingredients. Add the butter and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
Step 6: Spread on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes. Stir and continue baking until golden brown, about 7 more minutes. Let cool completely.
Step 7: For the whipped cream, whip the cream with the maple syrup in a bowl until soft peaks form. Add the sour cream and whip until combined.
Step 8: Spoon the whipped cream over the maple jelly. Spoon the apples over the cream. Top with crumble.
Reprinted with permission from Ricardo: Meals for Every Occasion by Ricardo Larrivée (2009 Whitecap Books).