Apple Strawberry Crisp with Hazelnut Whipped Cream and Giveaway

At the very bottom there is a layer of lightly spiced sautéed apples. Then goes strawberry puree, followed by Frangelico-spiked whipped cream and, finally, crispy buttery hazelnut crisp. The recipe, with some of my adaptations, is from the Top Chef cookbook.

The delicious and exceptionally easy to put together, originally served with fresh strawberries, this parfait is a perfect transitional summer-autumn dessert. But since the summer time, as well as good fresh berries, has well passed, I replaced the fresh strawberries with the puree made from the frozen ones (but picked at their most ripe). The dish was great; I think it’s very much appropriate for any season.

And now I want to return to the book mentioned earlier. This book and a Top Chef 7” Japanese style Santoku knife are for you to win. For the fans of the show, the fifth season of the Emmy-award winning series Top Chef DVD has been recently released and it includes extended interviews and some never-before-seen material.

I believe everyone knows the drill. You leave a comment on this post before midnight (PST) December 17th and I will make the draw and ask the winner to e-mail me the postal address for the goodies to ship. Good Luck!

Serves 4

For the hazelnut crisp:

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup+2 tbsp cake flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup finely chopped hazelnuts

For the strawberry puree:

  • 8 oz defrosted strawberries
  • About ½ tbsp fine granulated sugar (optional; if the puree is too sour)

For the sautéed apples:

  • 4 tbsp (2 oz) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large Fuji apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the hazelnut whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 2 tbsp fine granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp Frangelico liqueur

Make the hazelnut crisp:

Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 375F. Line a 13×18-inch rimless baking sheet with a silicone mat.

Sift the flours, confectioners’ sugar, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the butter, egg whites, and vanilla and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Applying this method, some tiny pieces of butter are still going to be present in the batter. And it’s OK; it will produce a super-crisp cookie with almost honey comb-like surface.
Using an offset spatula, spread the paste evenly and very thinly over the entire surface of the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the hazelnuts evenly over the paste.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until golden brown (the crisp will be darker at the edges; do not let it burn). Transfer the crisp on the baking sheet to a cooling rack and cool completely. Break into roughly shaped pieces. Set aside.

Make the strawberry puree:

In a blender or food processor, puree the berries until smooth. Transfer to a bowl (no need to strain) and add a bit of fine granulated sugar (about ½ tbsp should suffice) if the puree seems too sour. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Refrigerate until serving.

Sautee the apples:

Melt the butter in a heavy large skillet over the medium-high heat. Add the sugar. Cook until a grainy sauce forms, about 1 minute. Add the apples. Sprinkle the orange juice, spices, and salt and cook until the apples are tender, translucent and the sauce is thickened, about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Cool until slightly warm.

Whip the cream:

In a chilled bowl with chilled beaters, whip the cream with the sugar until it starts thickening, then add the liqueur and whip until soft peaks form.

Assemble the dessert:

Divide the apples among 4 dessert dishes. Top with the strawberry puree and a generous dollop of whipped cream. Stick the hazelnut crisp into the top and serve immediately.

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100 Responses to “Apple Strawberry Crisp with Hazelnut Whipped Cream and Giveaway”

  1. i love top chef!!! It’s too bad it doesn’t air in France, so I’m glad to know that there are some DVD. I would enjoy so much the cookbook. Thank you for this give-away prize!

  2. what a great giveaway–i’m a huge fan of top chef. i’m also a huge fan of fruity desserts and foods that are layered, so i’m crazy about your creation here! :)

  3. I love your presentation

  4. Top Chef is my favorite! Thankyou for not giving out who won. I still have yet to see the finale.

  5. This dessert looks fabulous, yum spiced apples! And I would love to win that knife. Thank you!

  6. Lovely dessert!

  7. Love love love Top Chef as well! So sad the season is over!

  8. Most definately going to try this out.. eager to taste the frangelico whip topping!

  9. Awesome recipe and giveaway :). Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. That looks just delish….im drooling at my desk!!

  11. I actually went to Bryan’s restaurant in frederick a few weeks back. The kitchen is pretty open, plus he walked through the dining room at one point, so all my friends, well the girls at least, were swooning. Oh and the food was delicious.

  12. Truth of the matter is, I don’t watch much tv-except for Top Chef. LOVE IT!!!! Sauteed apples look so beautiful!

  13. That looks really nice!

  14. oh wow. that dessert looks insanely good. right up my alley! might have to give that a whirl with all these extra apples in my crisper drawer…



  15. Oh, how fun! I love Top Chef!! Thanks for hosting the contest. That crisp looks perfect for combating the winter blues :)

  16. What a fun giveaway! Thanks!

  17. So elegant! I love fruity desserts.

  18. That dessert looks very yummy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. That crisp looks fantastic! I wish I could make a dozen and just keep them in the fridge at all times. Yum!

  20. Wow, your dessert is so exquisite and lovely! Beautiful work.

  21. The strawberry apple crisp looks amazing! I love your photos!

  22. Mmmm. . . Hazelnut and apples . . . sounds heavenly.

  23. this treat looks and sounds dreamy.

  24. I was wondering what adaptions you made?

  25. What an elegant twist on apple crisp!

  26. This will be my Christmas dessert this year. Thank you so much for sharing such luscious delights.

  27. Everything tastes amazing with whipped cream! I love your pictures, they are so appetizing!

  28. Looks delicious and seems easy – a perfect combination! Thank you for this and all the other recipes you post.

  29. I’m drooling.

  30. It looks really stunning! These layers of flavours must taste great. I love the combo. Thanks for the recipe!

  31. I love your site! this is a great recipe and a terrific giveaway. i’m looking forward to try this combination out.

  32. my daughter love this show, hope i can win it for her

  33. I adore dishes such as this. I’ve been getting busy making some similar recently, being our summer fruit season down in Australia.
    I love the combination of spiced apple and strawberry. This is definately on my to do list.
    Also, Top chef is brilliant. =)

  34. I’d love to see what all the buzz is about… count me in!

  35. That is a beautiful Dessert Vera. I love the layers. it looks so rich and elegant. gorgeous fotos too! Love ur blog.:)

  36. What a beautiful and tasty sounding dessert! And hazelnut whipped cream sounds especially wonderful.

  37. Looks yummy!!! I will have to give it a try!! I would love to win!! Thanks for all your hard work!

  38. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway! The presentation is gorgeous.

  39. It’s beautiful, love all the different layers nad flavours.

  40. Yum, what a fabulous recipe to try, thank you for it and for your site I love it!

  41. Top chef is my favorite show ever!

  42. that looks awesome thanks

  43. Nice prize, hope I win

  44. Cool. Top chef is the best.

  45. Great recipe and lovely photography !

  46. I love Top Chef –I’ve watched every season–Harold winner from season one and Richard Blais from season four are my favorites–thanks for the chance to win the Apple Strawberry Crisp with Hazelnut Whipped Cream looks sinful!

  47. Great looking picture and a recipe!!

  48. Vera, this would just be perfect for our hot summer here. A refreshing dessert. And I just adore berries.

  49. Shellie Seering on December 12th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I love this recipe! You’re so clever to adapt it to what you have and the season. It certainly looks perfect enough for a special occasion.

  50. This looks amazing!

  51. Great giveaway- Top Chef is #1

  52. Look delishess

  53. Yummy looking dessert!

  54. I LOVE Top Chef – it is my favorite TV Show, I would love to win the cookbook – the recipe looks great!

  55. Nom nom nom. Big fan of parfait since I realized how good they can be with good ingredients. I recently had a really good one with hazelnut daquoise, poached pear and marscapone cream. mmm

  56. my favorite too nom nom

  57. We are big Top Chef fans. I could certainly use a good knife. thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  58. Lovely dessert, as usual…
    I love the series but it doesn’t air in Argentina so I download the chapters one by one.. quite a job!
    Thanks for the chance!

  59. This looks amazing!! I love the layers.

  60. Lovely recipe.Fruit based desserts are always a hit with me! I would love to win the prize.

  61. yum this looks deeellicious!

  62. I love sauted apples! I like to make them with brown sugar and caramelise them on a low heat over some time and serve this hot with a rich vanilla ice cream. Nirvana!

  63. Never tried such combination of fruits, looks delicious.

    Thanks for a great giveaway

  64. What a great give-away and will come in really useful to the winner! By the way this strawberry crisp looks really good as a closing dessert for a dinner party.

  65. What a beautiful dessert. The flavors sound so yummy!

  66. I would love to win this! yummy looking dessert!

  67. Mmmmm I love that apple-strawberry combo, and hazelnuts are the best!

  68. It never occurred to me to get top chef on DVD for extras, I’d love to do that for a couple seasons! Also those are awesome glasses you used for the recipe, it looks great. Thank you for the giveaway, we got a santuko knife for a wedding gift and my husband immediately put it in the dishwasher and that was the end of owning a sharp knife as well as the end of him being allowed to touch anything in the kitchen!

  69. That dessert looks great, Vera. Since I can’t eat hazelnuts, I’m thinking the crisp would work just as well with almonds.
    Also, I would love to win the book and the santoku knife. Thanks for doing the give-away.

  70. This dessert looks yummy and I can convince myself it’s vaguely healthy…

  71. wow it looks beautiful. i love top chef but it never airs in Malaysia so i have to watch it over the internet. thanks for sharing the recipe and hosting the giveaway :)

  72. This looks absolutely sinful!! I’m going to try this soon, for sure!!

  73. Oh I am totally making this Christmas Eve!! By the way I make your Gougeres all the time now and they are always a big hit!!!

  74. …and that’s another recipe of yours that goes to my “to try when back home” list. Can’t wait, as it looks totally delicious

  75. I love fruity desserts! Yours is so lovely!

  76. Oh my goodness that looks delicious. I have always wanted to try some of the Top Chef food.

  77. Can’t wait to try this!

  78. I’d love to win!

  79. I love your blog! And I love Top Chef! Amazingly talented people!

  80. This dessert looks great and even a little easy.

  81. Love this! Used it for a gathering on Sunday evening and it was a huge hit.

  82. deeeelish! thank you for sharing!

  83. Such a masterpiece. This dessert looks too beautiful to be eaten!

  84. Love the look of this! And the twist on the “crisp.”

  85. The dessert looks amazing! Love those layers!

  86. I love the layered look. It makes any combination look so elegant.

  87. This looks like a fantastic recipe. I will definitely give it a try.

  88. Looks beautiful, and I´m sure it tastes even better.
    Love Top Chef, too bad it doesn´t air here in Central America…

  89. I love crisps. Your presentation is very interesting.

  90. Love Love Love Top Chef and that looks so yummy!

  91. this looks absolutely delicious!

  92. WOW! it looks so delish! Never seen Top Chef though, but this sure tells me that I am missing something!! :)

  93. Hi Vera,

    So sorry I haven’t been by recently – life sort of got away from me. But I’m back in Blogland now, and I’m so glad to stop in here to find this DELECTABLE concoction waiting for me! Gosh this sounds divine.

    Thanks for sharing it with us…

    Lots of Holiday cheer to you and yours,


  94. Can I use Brandy in place of the Frangelico liquer?

    Hazelnut crisp is an interesting take and a unique combo for this dessert! Very creative!

  95. Apples, good
    Whipped cream, good
    Crispy top,good
    Really sharp new knife…great!!

  96. mmmmm hazelnut crisp

  97. Looks divine! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  98. Thank you, everyone, for participation and the kind comments! I’ll announce the winner in a moment in my next post.

    Goldnsilver, sorry I didn’t answer earlier (crazy pre-holiday time). Originally, there were only 2 apples for 4 servings. It was not even enough to fill the glasses without any fresh strawberry chunks, so, I doubled the amount. The crisp, on the other hand, were made of 6 egg whites on 2 large baking sheets. I found that 3 egg white batch baked on one 13×18 pan produces a slab of crisp more than enough for 4 servings. The same is applied to the whipping cream. I didn’t need to whip 1 pint of cream to feed 4 persons. I also made some minor adjustments to the cooking method (just a matter of habit; nothing personal).

    Adelina, sure you can use brandy instead, if you wish.

  99. what a killer recipe…love it!! looks super delicious!! :)

  100. Thank you for the great post. I really love this tv show. Can’t wait for the another season ! Keep up the good work with this :)

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