I have to admit, this recipe was inspired by my sweet tooth, my Clash of the Cooks secret ingredients and my passionate LOVE of Honey Crisp apples! Affogato is a truly delightful, simply delicious dessert to begin with - so paired with my spicy apple pumpkin caramel sauce, it's irresistible.
Traditionally, affogato is an ice cream dessert served with a hot shot of espresso - a fabulous contrast of warm and cold, sweet and bitter. We've created a lovely holiday twist on this classic with notes of apples, pumpkin and rich creamy caramel - we're not sacrificing any flavor here, and yes, our caramel sauce is dairy-free and vegetarian!
I whipped up a few new recipes for last week’s WholeFoods Market Clash of the Cooks. You can read more here. My goodie bag of secret ingredients contained:
#WFMClash week 2 secret ingredients
Allegro Coffee Celebration Caffe (Whole Coffee Beans)
365 Brand Pumpkin Puree (Canned)
Whole Foods Market Parmesan Crisps
Forager Mike’s Raw Organic Maca Hot Sauce
* Celiac or Gluten-Free? Me too! Please read labels carefully for ingredients and make sure that items are gluten-free and safe from cross-contamination before purchasing!
As soon as I picked up my goodies from Whole Foods Market I knew that I was in for a fun week of playing in the kitchen – so many delicious Fall flavors to explore!
I felt there were three directions I could go…a rich mole sauce, a decadent dessert or an Italian-inspired dish…and since I couldn’t decide – I chose to make all three! Today I’ll be sharing my Spiced Pumpkin Mole Sauce baked with chicken and served with a Parmesan Cream sauce.
Are you ready?! This is a perfect dessert to whip up during the holidays when unexpected guests drop by, you want to linger over your meal or you simply want to celebrate the season.
We absolutely adored the rich, creamy caramel infused with apple and pumpkin. These flavors mingled with espresso and vanilla bean ice cream make this elegant, yet simple to make, reminiscent of apple pie:-)
We made a single dessert to share with extra apple pumpkin caramel sauce and apples for dipping. If you're making individual desserts, make sure to have 1 espresso shot and 1 scoop of ice cream per dessert.
P.S. I’m participating in the Whole Foods Market Clash of the Cooks competition. If you enjoy what you read here, please cast a vote for me by commenting on my recipe. I am so grateful for your support.
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AFFOGATO with SPICY APPLE PUMPKIN CARAMEL SAUCE
Makes 1 affogato dessert to share with extra baked apples and caramel sauce for dipping
For this recipe you will need an apple corer, an espresso machine and a small ice cream scoop.
- 1 organic apple, washed (we used Honey Crisp)
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 shot espresso per dessert (we made a single dessert to share using Allegro Coffee Celebration Caffe beans ground for our espresso maker)
- 1 scoop ice cream (we used So Delicious non-dairy coconut in Vanilla Bean)
- 1 parmesan crisp or cookie (we used a Whole Foods Market Paremsan Crisp and loved the texture but you can easily sub with a flat round biscuit or cookie)
- a few whole coffee beans for garnish
SPICY APPLE PUMPKIN CARAMEL SAUCE
(Makes enough sauce for approximately 4-5 individual affogato desserts with extra for dipping)
- 1/2-1 cup apple cider
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1/2 cup shortening (we used vegan Earth Balance)
- 1 cup succanat (or sub another dry sugar)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree (we used 365 brand canned pumpkin)
- a pinch of salt
- 1 - 4 teaspoons hot sauce (we used Forager Mike’s)* optional
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.Core apple. Slice into horizontal rings, approximately 1/4-1/2" thick.
- Place one or all rings in a single layer in rimmed baking dish. Cover with 1/2-1 cup apple cider. Bake 15 minutes.
- Flip apple rings. Bake another 15 minutes. When done, remove and set aside.
FOR APPLE PUMPKIN CARAMEL SAUCE:
* You may wish to make this sauce ahead and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Simply reheat to serve.
- While apples are baking, in a small bowl, combine arrowroot powder and apple cider. Mix until thoroughly dissolved.
- Into a heavy sauce pan, pour apple cider mixture and add remaining ingredients EXCEPT hot sauce.
- Bring mixture to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
- Continue to stir as mixture boils along edges, foams and becomes a lighter color on top and then settles and becomes a darker, thicker sauce.
- Reduce to medium heat. Continue to stir until sauce thickens.
- Remove sauce pan from heat and add desired amount of hot sauce*. Stir until well combined. Set aside.
- Ready ground coffee beans and espresso machine. Wait until last step to make espresso! (so it's hot)
- At the center of a small plate, place parmesan crisp or cookie.
- Stack one apple ring on top of crisp or cookie.
- Drizzle caramel sauce in circular motion around crisp or cookie.
- Place one scoop of ice cream over hole in apple ring.
- Sprinkle a few whole coffee beans over the top for garnish.
- Make one shot of espresso. Serve dessert with shot of espresso on the side or offer to pour at the table.
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