As the crisp autumn air settles in, our taste buds yearn for the comforting embrace of fall flavors. Among the top contenders for this seasonal delight are apples and cinnamon, a timeless duo that embodies the essence of autumn. Apples, with their orchard-fresh sweetness, symbolize the harvest season, while cinnamon's warm and earthy spice evokes cozy evenings by the fire. Together, they create a symphony of tastes and aromas that awaken our senses. Jellico, the upscale luxury restaurant located inside the Westin Southlake, shares with our readers two timely recipes featuring apples and cinnamon, that are sure to make this a season worth savoring.
CRANBERRY + ALMOND CROISSANT BREAD PUDDING
Serves 4-6 people
2 CUPS MILK
¼ CUP BUTTER
2 LARGE EGGS, BEATEN
1 TEASPOON CINNAMON
1 PINCH NUTMEG
½ TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
¼ TEASPOON SALT
½ CUP SUGAR
2 oz DRIED CRANBERRIES
7 CUPS CROISSANTS, CUT INTO 1 INCH CUBES (about 6 croissants)
2 oz SLICED ALMONDS, TOASTED
Pre-heat oven to 350’
Microwave the butter approximately 1 minute until the butter is melted
In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and salt together.
Stir in cubed croissants, dried cranberries, and almonds until the croissants are well coated and the craisins & almonds are evenly distributed.
Pour the mixture into a greased casserole pan. You can use butter or pan spray to coat the pan.
Bake uncovered for approximately 25-30 minutes. If the top begins to brown too quickly, cover with for and continue cooking.
Allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with whipped cream or white chocolate sauce.
FALL HARVEST OLD FASHIONED
¼ cup CINNAMON & SUGAR MIX
1 ea ORANGE, CUT IN HALF
1ea ROCKS GLASS
1ea LARGE ICE CUBE OR SPHERE
1ea DEHYDRATED APPLE WHEEL
1ea CINNAMON STICK
2oz KNOB CREEK BOURBON
0.75oz FRESH PRESSED APPLE CIDER
0.5oz CINNAMON + DEMERARA SUGAR SIMPLE SYRUP
2 dashes ORANGE BITTERS
2 dashes ANGOSTURA BITTERS
Roll the rim of the rocks glass on the cut in half orange and then dip it into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
Add the ice cube, bourbon, cider, simple syrup and bitters.
Swirl with a teaspoon until mixed.
Garnish with dehydrated apple wheel and a cinnamon stick
CINNAMON + DEMERARA SUGAR SIMPLE SYRUP
½ cup DEMERARA SUGAR
¼ cup WATER
½ teaspoon CINNAMON, GROUND
Mix the sugar, water and cinnamon in a saucepan.
Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Once the syrup is cooled it's ready to use.