Yankee Apple Cream Spinsters
Although I take advantage of crab apples in this recipe, use tart Granny Smith if desired. This is a Yanked version of the time-honored Veiled Maidens, of Scandinavia, which uses sweet apple sauce. But because I am a Yankee, I decided to honor our 'sour puss' spinsters of old New England.
They were a thrifty lot with a scowl that was remniscent of eating a crabapple. I adore the tart, tangy flavor of crab apples and with the addition of cranberries, I, too, must look like the male equivalent of a spinster(FYI, there is no term denoting a male who never married, besides bachelor, which is a whole lot better sounding than old maid or spinster).
For 2 people
- 8 -12 crabapples *
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 cup apple cider or juice
- 1 cup sugar-free gingerale
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 recipe The Best and Healthiest Granola(see NOTE)
- 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt, whisked smooth
Yankee Apple Cream Spinsters Directions
- Peel crabapples. Using the large holes of a box grater, shred the apples into a medium saucepan. After each apple shredded, mix with some of the lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Add cider, gingerale, cranberries and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to medium-low and gently boil until apple is soft, about 4-5 minutes. You will need to stir frequently and most of the liquid has been reduced, leaving a couple of tablespoons.
- Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to a bowl to cool completely in refrigerator.
- Meanwhile make and cool The Best and Healthiest Granola.
- When ready to assemble, layer whisked yogurt with granola and apple mixture as you desire in a serving bowl or glass. Serve.
- Enough for 2 large, 16-ounce servings or 4 smaller portions.
- NOTE: Or use store brand granola.
- * It is hard to gauge how many you will need because all crabapples are not uniform in measure. You will need a total of 2 cups shredded when through.