Grand Marnier “Deconstructed” Apple Pie (EASY RECIPE)

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 An Easy Holiday Inspired Dessert To Do This Season…

It was a fall evening back in 2013, and my mother had an abundance of apples. I checked the pantry, fridge, and spice rack. Grabbed my cutting board, peeler, chopping knife. I had the craving for apple pie, but kept in mind those cute little dessert glasses   I was planning on using come Thanksgiving that year. I wasn’t sure if they would be filled with a mousse or custard of sorts, but this looked like a good opportunity to come up with something!

So I came up with a “Grand Marnier Deconstructed Apple Pie”.

Recipe by: Caro Pozo

Ingredients:

  • Apples- I prefer Granny Smith (this depends if you plan on using small dessert cups (1/4 of an apple fills it), bowls for individuals (1 apple per serving).
  • Vanilla Mascarpone- Used as topping, Make a lot…it goes by quickly (2 table spoons for a bowl, 1 teaspoon for dessert glass, or pipe a dollop using a round or star tip!)
  • Graham Crackers- I usually have two boxes at hand, and crush one box at a time (CHUCKY BITS ARE MORE FUN). Also treat the chocolate lovers, and play with chocolate flavored Graham crackers.
  • Spices & Seasoning- Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Sugar, Powdered Sugar,Vanilla Bean Paste, tid bit of Ginger.
  • Grand Marnier- Nothing is more merry than a good citrus kick! If you want something with more, then pick your favorite bourbon ( I like Buffalo Trace, and Four Roses for this) and add a dash of “Angostora Bitters” (it’s sooo good).

PROCESS: (6 Servings)

Crackers-

So I had presently chocolate and original graham crackers. I decided to crush (kept it chunky, not powder) those puppies and put them in my mug a third of the way (I kept in mind how much I would want visible in the glass dessert cups for future).

Apples-

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I then took my apples, quickly peeled them, chopped them and placed them in a bowl. I got my Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Sugar (to taste), and Vanilla Bean Paste (1 teaspoon). Now  I love these spices, so I want a good coating on the fruit. It ended up  looking like a light glaze of molasses. 

Next I added a half a cup of the liquor to the bowl and gave it a quick mix, and let it soak for a few minutes. While it soaked I turned on the stove and put it at medium to high heat…While that was heating up I transferred the apples and mixtures to the pot and get ready to raost. I stirred the pot for a bit until it began to boil. Let boil for a few minutes to soften the apples, or to whatever firmness of the apples you want. As soon as you reached the apples to your liking, lower the temperature to LOW HEAT. Let the pot simmer, allowing the apples to soak up more flavor (do check on the flavor incase you need to add more sugar to your liking).

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Vanilla Mascarpone-

While that is simmering on the stove, get your mascarpone, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean paste. In a mixing bowl I added 2 cups of mascarpone then a table spoon of powdered sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla paste. Begin to fold the ingredients together until well blended. Make it whipped as best as you can. You can add more or less of the sugars, depending on how sweet you want this topping. Even after mixing i’ll add a tad of one or the other. I recommend this vanilla mascarpone for your waffles, pancakes, ice-cream, pie’s, fruit dip, chocolate shakes ect…. IT DANGEROUS!  DONT SAY I DIDNT WARN YOU!

Put it all together- (by now the smell has covered the house with love and your guests are READY!)

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Excuse the melted mascarpone

Whether a bowl, mug (so cute on a cold night), or dessert glass; add the crackers, apples with a drizzle of their juice from the pot (if you allow the pot to cool a little the sauce will thicken a bit), then top it off with your vanilla mascarpone – if you want to be fancy add a tiny peppermint leaf and voilá, there you have it ladies and gents! 

Last years Thanksgiving, we had a dessert table with pies and cakes, and then we added a serving station for these deconstructed apple pies with many graham cracker flavors, and some extra toppings, like little MnM’s for the youngins! It was a hit, and perfect warm dessert for a chilly evening that night!

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*TIP: If you have a small metal cake pan, or metal dish of some sort, place your mascarpone in their and leave it chilling in the fridge till ready to use. It’s great for guest and keeps it chilled even after you have left it out for some time.

If your looking for a comforting and easy dessert to try, this is it. Be it for a small gathering or one of your festive events not only will you’ll enjoy how simple it was, but how impressive it taste!

Many Blessings,

Caro

! Veterans Day Sale !

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As this Sunday comes to a close, and the work week approaching, it just occurred to me that I should have a SALE! So in honor of a very important day in the U.S., Veterans Day (Nov. 11th), I decided to give 20% off on our items featured in our Statement Rustic Crowns, Baby/Toddler/Jr…. Section, and Statement Rustic Crowns Section!!!

For the early birds already buying gifts for the holidays, I hope this helps in anyway possible!

Great for dress-up, baby showers, garden parties, photoshoots, and more.

This Sale STARTS NOW, and ENDS Wednesday, Nov. 12th (my Mom’s Birthday ).

USE CODE: VETERANSWETHANKYOU

Please visit, the Caro’s Confections Etsy Shop.

Happy Shopping!

Caro

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p.s. More items coming soon to the shop, and easy holiday comfort recipes…

Don’t miss my 5 Golden Rules This Holiday Season, from Blonde2Brunette…

…and for some great prepping for shopping this season, check out my sister’s ‘how to’ with Surviving The Holiday Shopping Madness

Hallow’s Eve Is Upon Us!

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I can’t believe this month is almost over! so many events and I haven’t been able to keep you all updated. So many Birthdays in my family happen between the month of August until November. I was able to participate cake wise for two. Can’t wait to share those pictures with you. One was my older brother’s 30th Birthday and it was Superman/ Batman themed, and the other was my nephew’s first birthday!It was a “Cowboys and Indians” theme, which my sister, mother, brother’s girlfriend and I worked on! It came out beautiful! My sis will be posting soon a complete outline of what we did and the props we made! WHAT A PRODUCTION!

SNEAK PEEK :here are the two cakes, more to come.

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In the between that, i’ve been able to fit in an early Halloween party, an Assistant directing gig, and not to mention the common cold. No matter how busy, I always give love to my favorite holiday, Halloween.

On my sister blog, Blonde2Brunette, us ladies are posting all the goods on home decor not just fall, but Halloween as well, and as I promised Halloween makeup and costume inspiration. Please peruse the following links for the first instalment of fun Halloween inspiration. 

MakeUp- DIY HAlloween MUA: Vol.1

Costume- DIY HAlloween COSPLAY: Vol.1

What are you going to be for Halloween? It’s just a week away!

Happy Hauntings,

Caro

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Decompress The Stress #DIY

 

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Lavender Eye Pillow by RW

Anyone else feeling the crazy effects of last weeks full moon? My ruler planet, Mercury (I’m a virgo) is in retrograde for the majority of the month and it’s just CRAZY! lol. So much going on, trying to stay on track and not lose focus with the upcoming work projects and social events. One thing I told myself a year ago (and double tagged it with New Years resolution), is that I need to take time for myself. This goes for EVERYONE, find those moments in the day, or schedule during the week a time for yourself.

This passed year I added a much more diligent work out routine, but also increased the use of meditation and other mind body and soul routines.

Prayer – Weight Lifting -Yoga- Aroma Therapy – Crystal Healing – Gardening

Above have all been remedies I’ve used since a young age (some more than others), but this passed year I have increased for my benefit to live everyday with much more ease, and with an open heart.

There is no doubt I still have moments of crisis in my mind, and I slap myself back into reality and think of the countless blessings, God, has given me, and a quote my father often uses:

” People do not trip over mountains, but stumble over small pebbles. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed over the mountain…”

I really wanted to just share a heart warming D.I.Y. remedy at home as a back up plan, for when you would like to relax (or relax your partner as a nice treat after their long day at work) and try and set your mind at ease…

-Aroma Therapy Bath Soak-

Ingredients/Directions:

Full Bathtub: the warmest/hottest (don’t pass out though!) you can go.

Epsom Salt: relax the muscles

Music: Try to stray away from music with lyrics, stick to instrumental tones (string/piano/flute are great). I love Pandora Station: SuchGreatHeights Radio, Paramahansa Yogananda Radio, Yoga Radio, ThePianoGuys Radio.

Lighting: Keep the lighting dim, with accent lights.

-Candles: There is something so soothing about the amber lighting flickering about. I even love the woodwick kind, because it adds that crackling fire effect noise to the whole experience.

-Himalayan Salt Lamps: These lamps are gorgeous, I have 3 in my home, and I WANT MORE. lol. They give off such a beautiful amber glow, cleanse any crystals you may have ( I even put my everyday jewelry with stones/crystals for a “salt bath”), and best part about these beautiful lamps is the reduction of air pollutants and allergens in your home. Go buy them at the nearest Homegoods or metaphysical stores,   they carry the cheapest prices compared to “department stores”. If you are in Miami, Fl, please visit FIVE SISTERS, this store is where I buy the majority of my crystals, and do Yoga!   Read more about Himalayan Salt HERE

Favorite Essential Oil: A few drops of your favorite scent, Oils with relaxing properties are lavender, sandal wood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint…Don’t have any? Want to gift someone afar?  Check out the products of Young Living Pure Essential Oils we sell HERE .

After a good 20 minute session in my bath soak, I moisturize with a nice layer of coconut oil, with a few drops of pure essential oil (lavender usually) and apply to my body, temples, and my feet (did you know thats the fastest place to absorb the properties of the essential oil?) and put socks on to lock in the moisture.

I then get my pre-chilled LAVENDER EYE PILLOW by Rachel Weisburg, healing crystals in hand, and continue to listen to the music of my liking. I’ll have my latest novel/play for reading, notebook to write/create thoughts, or my ukulele near by If I feel like, BUT if I find myself deepening into a wave of relaxation, then I will stay in it. Be it that I’m awake or I drift off into a slumber I don’t mind. I’ll grasp on for as long as I can. It’s clear that my body needed it.

I hope you all add this relaxing event to your calendars. I would love to hear how you find a balance with the ever changing occurrences of life. I will be posting more remedies to come! Some baked goods as well with my home grown herbs and spices!

Many Blessings,

Caro

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Sister Blog.

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER!

If you looked in the ‘Bio’ page you would have noticed the link to, Blonde2Brunette. This is a lifestyle blog catered to everything under the sun! DIY, Fashion, Recipe’s, Makeup, and fun tips for all! Once a week I’ll be posting a weekly update from the blog with the three other ladies, Karlee, Kelly, and my sister Sylvia! 

You will love this collaboration, and it’s just a blast working with these ladies! Be sure to visit weekly. There are blog posts and instagram post that deliver daily. See you there.

Pinkies Up,

Caro

p.s. Visit my recent post from, B2B, on our sister site, HERE .

This month on, B2B, I will be focused on HALLOWEEN INSPO MUA, here’s the ‘Intro Post’ for this month, click HERE .