Monday, May 23, 2022

Caramel Apple Pie Lassi


This is the ultimate dessert drink - a fusion of the classics -  Indian lassi and apple pie! But without the crust and with spot on flavors. Not just a flavor, the addictive caramel apple pie filling made with #cosmiccrisp apples is THE BEST!


Are you a lassi lover?

Do you love apple pie?

Do you have an addiction to caramel?

If you check all three or even one of the above, then this lassi is the best one for you! Your favorite flavors in this lassi will make you want to have more of this dessert lassi, especially!

You will need very simple ingredients for this lassi

Caramel sauce - I made my own with sugar, butter, and heavy cream. Ready to use caramel can also be used.

Apples - I have used Cosmic Crisp apples in this recipe. If you can't find this variety in your area, use any apples that you can find, the flavors will be great.

Yogurt - Fresh homemade yogurt

Spices - Cinnamon and nutmeg for the classic apple pie flavor. Swap with cardamom or chai spice to make it with Indian flavors.


I made the caramel apple pie filling with not just any apples, but with the amazing Cosmic Crisp Apples. This is similar to the Caramel Apple Dip that I featured on the Fall Charcuterie Board. I varied the caramel quantity as I want it to balance the sweetness for the lassi. Fresh homemade yogurt has some tartness and the caramel apple pie filling perfectly balances it. 

Now, here is the warning about this caramel apple pie filling. This is very much ADDICTIVE! Yes! I am stressing this point as the flavors speak for themselves. So now, Imagine the tasty lassi made with this filling. It is going to elevate the flavors and comfort to the next higher level. Not only this lassi, if you are a tea lover too, try this Apple Cider Milk Tea with Boba and Caramel Apple and you won't be disappointed


We always use fresh homemade yogurt to make our classic lassi and so this recipe too uses our standard homemade yogurt made with whole milk (I recommend that). The fresh curd will have a very mild tart flavor and that is perfect with the apples and caramel sauce. Store bought yogurt can also be used. Greek yogurt will be very creamy and is also a great option. 

 I have used the apples with the peel. Peels have anthocyanins and are a good source of fiber. No food wastage and it is a healthy option to consume the whole fruit. If you prefer to peel, that works too!

The dessert lassi is easy to make for a crowd too! The caramel apple pie filling takes about 15-20 minutes maximum to make including the apple chopping time. This can be made ahead and refrigerated. With ready chilled yogurt, it is a breeze to make, just blend and pour onto serving glasses. For the portion size, the following recipe makes 2-4 full or half servings. This is a little loaded with caramel, butter, yogurt, and cream and hence smaller portions are ideal (can relish a bigger portion too!). You guests will ask for more!

Pie with crust can also be used to make this lassi in case you do not have time to make the filling or you have a pie sitting in the fridge. It works, makes a monster drink! Just adjust the yogurt and sweetness to suit your flavor palette.


We love Cosmic Crisp apples! The crisp and sweet flavors are perfectly balanced in this variety of apple.  No doubt it became our favorite! This apple is great for many recipes including baking and it retains the shape and flavor very well. This is always the winner! This is one of the recipes that I am submitting for Cosmic Crisp Challenge and check the website for more details.

When apples are in season, I would love to make a pie of course. A slice of warm apple pie and a scoop of ice cream is always heaven! I would love to make a big batch of Apple Butter in Slow Cooker (makes life easy) and use them in recipes like this muffin or these Apple Butter Blondies, or just spread on the toast. Fresh Apple Cider is great to use in soft and sweet dinner rolls.


In our Foodie Monday Blog Hop, we are sharing Fusion recipes and I am hosting this week. I suggested this theme as fusion cuisines are happy marriages! Any fusion with your comfort cuisine, will always be a winner and this gives an opportunity to explore many other cuisines. This fusion dessert drink between the comforting Indian lassi and the classic apple pie is a winner in our home and here is the recipe for you to try it and enjoy with your family.

Here are a few other fusion recipes that you'll be hooked on when you try.










Like I said, lassi is close to our heart! Need a snack or a drink or a dessert, lassi is always the go to option here. Plus, this drink made with chilled fresh yogurt is a great meal option for summer. Drink endless lassi! Yes, endless. I mean it! It is just comforting and there is no denying that. Make a sweet lassi, or salt lassi, or add fruits to it. See, the possibilities are endless! Speaking of the endless possibilities, here are a few quick links to the comforting and tasty lassi recipes from the blog.








Ingredients
serves 4

For the Cosmic Crisp Caramel Apple Pie Filling

Cosmic crisp apples - 5 cups, chopped
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Heavy cream - 1/3 cup
Butter - 2 tbsp
Water - 1/2 cup
Orange juice - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon - 3/4 tsp
Nutmeg - a pinch

For the Lassi

Apple mixture from the above (reserve a few tbsp for garnish)
Fresh yogurt - 2 cups
Caramel  - 2 tbsp

Garnish

Extra caramel sauce
Cinnamon

Method

Add the apples, orange juice and water to a heavy bottomed pan and cook over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, till the apples begin to soften.


Make the caramel sauce in the meantime, by heating the sugar without disturbing. When it begins to caramelize, gently mix. Once it has melted, reduce the flame, add the butter and cream, carefully whisk to form the sauce.


Pour the sauce followed by cinnamon and nutmeg over the apple mixture.



Continue to cook for about 8-9 minutes till the liquid becomes syrupy. Remove from the flame and cool.


Once cool, blend the fresh chilled yogurt with caramel apple pie filling (reserve 3-4 tbsp, optional) to a smooth consistency.


Optional: Add the reserved caramel apple pie filling to serving glasses. Drizzle the sides with extra caramel. 


Pour the lassi onto serving glasses, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of caramel and serve immediately.



10 comments:

  1. Oh my that looks incredible!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for DInner Party. Hope your week is awesome.

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  2. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth party - hope you are having a fabulous week.

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  3. Caramel apple pie lassi looks so inviting. So innovative recipe. I love anything with Caramel flavour. I can imagine the heavenly taste.

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    1. I too love caramel! You should try this and you'll love it for sure!

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  4. What a fantastic recipe! Love the idea of this caramel-flavoured lassi. 😊 It looks so tempting and delicious, I wish I could grab the glass straight off the screen.

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    1. Thanks Priya! I am a caramel addict. This tastes wonderful and you'd enjoy this!

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  5. Fantastic recipe. Incredible use of ingredients to strike a wonderful balance of flavors and taste. Using heavy whipping cream in the Lassi is just wow !!

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    1. Thanks Priya! It tastes awesome! The heavy cream is for making the caramel sauce and the actual lassi is made with simple and plain home made yogurt.

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