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Caramel apple pie filling packed in a cup with warm cinnamon cheesecake filling and served with a swirl of whipped cream and dash of cinnamon. This is the life.
It's the time of the year when the apples are in full force. I'm celebrating the apple with Kitchenaid and putting together this caramel apple pie cheesecake parfaits. Psst! There's an apple contest too. I'll tell you more about it at the bottom of my post.
I know, again with the long recipe name. There are so many flavors in this little bundle of joy, that I feel I need to say them all. Can you blame me? Well actually you can blame me. Ahhh well. It'll be okay. Just take a bite.
So I thought I would be able to make four parfaits but I only was able to make two. So, ignore the extra two cups that are in the picture above. You'll need your trust mixer for the filling and whipped cream, cheesecake filling, cooked apples, whipped cream, cups, and a dash of cinnamon.
Also, I had to google what the difference was between a trifle and a parfait. Turns out a trifle has cake in it. So, don't mind my easy mint chocolate cookie trifles that I named incorrectly. There is absolutely no cake in that recipe. It's still tasty and gorgeous so there's that.
You'll want to make these parfaits just before you're ready to serve them. That way the caramel apple pie filling doesn't get separated.
Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits
Apple Pie Filling
- In a medium saucepan, add in the cut up apples, butter, cinnamon, brown and granulated sugars and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
- Place over medium heat and let cook for 10 - 12 minutes until the apples are tender. It will depend on how large you cut your apples. I got about 9 chunks out of each quarter of apple, if that helps gauge how big mine are.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.
- Stir in ¼ cup of caramel sauce. I used my salted caramel sauce recipe and left out the salt. Store bought will work fine. Set aside.
- Whip the ¾ cup of heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Place in the fridge until ready.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the cream cheese. Mix on medium until smooth and well mixed. This will help avoid large pieces of cream cheese.
- Add in the ground cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Mix until well incorporated.
- Carefully fold in a little more than ½ cup of the whipped cream. The remaining whipped cream will be used to top the parfaits.
- Place the filling in a large storage bag or disposable piping bag. Snip a corner and start piping the filling into the bottom of your parfait cup. My cups were about 5 inches tall.
- Spoon in a nice amount of caramel apple pie filling.
- Repeat with cheesecake and apple pie filling.
- Place the remaining whipped cream into a piping bag with a 1M tip. Pipe a nice swirl on top of each parfait.
- Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of the whipped cream and serve immediately.
As promised, I shall tell you more about this apple contest. I'll be entering this little gem and you can join in by creating something even better and entering. What's at stake? 4 finalist will win a trip for 2 to NYC to push their limits in a live cook-off to cook their dish to be judged by Food Network chef Geoffrey Zakarian. 1 winner will receive the grand prize of a suite of KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliances and a private cooking lesson with Geoffrey Zakarian. I'm not sure about you, but I feel like I could show Geoffrey a thing or two about cooking. Maybe give him a lesson! I'm so kidding.
What you have to do is make a sweet or savory dish with apple as the star. They want creative and extraordinary. Once you get your recipe created, submit photos to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #KitchenAidContest. Find out more here!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. The opinions and text are all mine.