Warm Apple Walnut Crumble with Spiced Rum Cream
Here it is … the holiday dessert recipe everyone asks for! I tinkered with a simple apple dessert recipe to come up with this crumble, adding walnuts, cookie crumbs, spices and yummy spiked whipped cream. Easy to prepare, it tastes and smells like heaven. For a child-friendly version, omit the rum from the whipped cream and increase the vanilla to 1 teaspoon. Either way it is the perfect holiday treat!
- Nonstick cooking spray, for pan preparation
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup crumbled oatmeal cookies
- 1/2 cup crumbled gingersnap cookies
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 4 large Fuji or other baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- Dash salt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup sifted confectioners sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon spiced dark rum
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- fresh mint leaves
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray one 8” round baking dish with cooking spray.
2Combine walnuts, crumbled cookies, flour and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed, then add butter and toss until crumbs are coated.
3Combine apples and lemon juice in a separate large bowl. In a small bowl, combine sugar, pie spice and salt. Place a layer of apples in the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with half of the sugar mixture. Top with remaining apples, sprinkle with remaining sugar and top evenly with crumbs. Bake about 45 minutes until golden.
4Place cream in a large chilled bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar, rum and vanilla.
5Divide warm crumble among 4 to 6 dessert plates. Dollop each portion with whipped cream and sprinkle cream with cinnamon. Garnish with mint leaves and serve right away.
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