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1.16.2009

Meringue Topped Spiced Apple Conserve

I created this dessert while shut in by the weather. Its -17F here in Chicago and my car just wont start. So while waiting for Roadside Assistance from my insurance company to come and give this old girl a jump start,I played in my kitchen. Having apples on hand I came up with this recipe. Spicy apple conserves laced with Ginger Wine, Star Anise, Ground Ginger, and Walnuts topped with a sweetened meringue and baked. Its doesn't take long to whip this together and it would make a stunning dessert that can be made partially in advance. Relatively low in fat with the exception of the walnuts, it rich in flavor and texture, while being satisfying. Just the dessert you need to get you through Arctic weather , but not leaving you to guilty by indulging.* I used Stones Original Green Ginger Wine which I found in the Bahamas. It's a product from the UK.
Meringue Topped Spiced Apple Conserve (serves 4)


For the Spiced Apple Conserves
6 apples
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup Ginger Wine
2 Star Anise pods
1tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup sugar
Peel apples, core and chop coarsely into larger chunks.Add to a heavy bottomed sauce pan with the remaining ingredients and slowly simmer until apples are soft. Remove Star Anise and discard.
For the Meringue
2 egg whites
6 tsp sugar
1 tsp cream
Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat egg whites with sugar and Cream of Tarter until stiff peaks form. Fill a piping bag with beaten egg whites.
Assembly
Arrange the conserve into 4 ramekins. Pipe egg whites on top and bake at 350F until golden brown.. Remove from heat . * You can sprinkle with thinly sliced candied ginger(optional).Serve warm.

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27 comments:

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Looks amazing! I love apple and ginger together. This would be the perfect dessert for me!

Sandy Smith said...

Ginger wine?! Bring that when you come visit me! ;) These look delicious, Courtney.

Peter M said...

Give the girl a day off and she becomes a lethal weapon in the kitchen!

This is far out, groovy and very original...the B-king is upright with notice! ;)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow, those tasty treats look so sophisticated! I really love the meringue swirl on top!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful dessert! Mmmhhh, with these spices...

Cheers,

Rosa

Dee said...

Mmm... the star anise is a lovely touch. I love stone's ginger wine (I also use it to steam chicken with wolfberries/goji and ginger) and meringue any which way :)

Mary said...

OH these look like the perfect dessert for this artic blast of weather! Personally, I'm not even trying to start my car this weekend!

Megan said...

I love meringue and that is beautiful. Now if I only had some of that wine!

Proud Italian Cook said...

You just whipped this up while waiting for a jump? The ginger wine
sounds divine!

Nina Timm said...

You're kidding me, just quickly threw this together?????Genius....that's what you are!!!

Jo said...

That looks both beautiful and delicious! Yummy girl!

Glenna said...

Not only does it sound yummy, it's absolutely beautiful!

linda said...

Delicious and pretty dessert! Nice and wintery.

linda said...

ps love your new look :)

Luca and Sabrina said...

That's amazing!!!! Apple, ginger, meringue....it's like paradise!
Lots of love, Sabrina&Luca

Darius said...

Looks great - love the flavor combo - and great job on the meringue!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Courtney, this is both gorgeous and looks delicious. And I LOVE ginger wine - I haven't had it in a long time.

Nikki said...

hey... i like the new look. sorry it's been so long since i've been by!

I'm not a meringue fan, but I'd totally eat these.

Jude said...

What a nice impromptu dessert. Very creative and impressive :)

The Caked Crusader said...

wow! If that's what you create when you're "playing" I'd love to see what is created when you really put your mind to it!!!!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

It was minus -17?!

I can't even imagine.

Paz said...

I like the ingredients in your recipe. Yum!

Paz

Núria said...

Does this mean that if it starts snowing here I will get into my kitchen and magically do these beauties? They look sooooo good Courtney! I bet they were gone in no time ;D

Black and (a)Broad said...

mmmmmmm. you make it look so easy. Can you substitute the ginger wine with something else? I think I'm going to try this one this weekend.

Deborah said...

What a gorgeous dessert!! I hope it warms up a little for you soon - that is just WAY too cold for me!!

Psychgrad said...

I just saw some meringue muffins the other day and now I'm thinking I should try topping everything with meringue. With the -17 weather, you deserve something warm and tasty like this!

Maris said...

I had no idea there was even such a thing as ginger wine! Wow. It sounds like the walnuts in this are a great complement to the spicy flavors.