Interesting Dessert Ideas:
While we love the pies and cakes, we just discovered some interesting new dessert ideas from Alina Eisenhauer, Owner and Executive Chef at Sweet Kitchen & Bar in Worcester, MA. Not your traditional chef, Alina serves baked goods by day, and gourmet desserts and savory bites paired with wine, beer and cocktails in the evening. For the holidays, she suggests making the Apple Pie (recipe below) in a Glass and the Belgian Ale Poached Pears for a dessert your guests are sure to remember.
Apple Pie in a Glass by Alina Eisenhauer
- 1 Pie Crust (unbaked, homemade or store bought)
- 2 Granny Smith or Empire Apples
- 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Granulated Sugar
- Whipped Cream or Ice Cream (for garnish)
- Wine or Martini Glasses (for serving)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
If using homemade pie crust roll out as if you were going to place it in a pie tin but instead place it on a parchment lined baking sheet (if using store bought unroll and place on baking sheet), sprinkle generously with granulated sugar. Bake until light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
Peel and thinly slice the apples as if for pie, toss with cinnamon sugar to taste. Melt the unsalted butter in a heavy bottomed skillet and add the apples. Sautee apples on medium heat until they are soft and cooked through but still retain their shape.
Break the pie crust into pieces, reserving a few nice big pieces for garnish. Place a layer of pie crust in the bottom of your glasses followed by a layer of apples and repeat ending with apples. Take the large pieces of crust that were saved for garnish and position them sticking out of the top layer of apples, add a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.