01 December 2008

apple & parsnip dessert bakes

This dessert was merely an effort to finally use these great mini-casserole dishes that I got from JaBootay's folks last year. I knew it would only be two people for dinner, so it seemed like it'd be fun to pull these out for dessert. Now I love parsnips, but usually either in a mash or deep fried parsnip chips, and I wanted to see if I could love them in another form.

  • 3 apples
  • 1 large parsip
  • a handful of walnuts
  • cinnamon, allspice & ginger
  • french vanilla

So I started by peeling and then grating the parsnip. Parsnips do not particularly enjoy being grated and may resist you, but I encourage persistence. Then I sliced the apples from their cores and then into smallish thin pieces. I threw them in a mixing bowl with the walnuts and spices and stirred them up. That's it.

These are the casserole dishes. They're kind of adorable. Anyway, in they went to the oven, which was at 425 fahrenheit because of the dinner I was cooking. I had them in there for about 40 minutes, but I'm sure they kept cooking in their little cast iron dishes for after that.

Unfortunately, the parsnips ended up being overpowered. I think that it would have been better for me to cut them into pieces more like the size of the apple slices and maybe adjusted the ratio a little bit, because they ended up tasting like lazy apple crumbles. My dinner companion also thought I'd used too many walnuts. But either way, there's definitely something worth exploring here.


  1. This looks good! Just make sure you don't use wild parsnips, or this might happen:


  2. As dave's dinner companion, I have to disagree and say that it did not seem like a lazy apple crumble. I thought it was quite good except that there were a lot of walnuts. The flavors were nice, but I do agree that the texture could have been better had the parsnips been closer to the same size as the apples.



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