Fandom Foodie: My Little Pony Applejack's Jacked Up Apple Custard / by Alex Boake

" Okay, all you high-class ponies. Here's a highfalutin' apple cake for your hoity-toity taste buds." -Applejack, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

Let me confess: I used to be an ENORMOUS My Little Pony fan. Yes, I recall, in kindergarten, my friends and I would always duke it out over who got to have the jeweled unicorn pony from the class toybox. At home, I also had a few ponies...and a pony house...flutter ponies...sea ponies... *cough*

These days I am not really what you'd call a pony fanatic, but I can definitely see the appeal! The current show seems to be quite entertaining, and has garnered many fans...young and old...female and...male. I have only the utmost respect for these self-proclaimed Bronies! Heck, I thought I'd ruin my street cred by professing my love for rainbow coloured ponies, but you guys are out there flying your sparkling pony flag, strong and proud! ; )

Now now, here's a dessert that's inspired by the fruitiest pony...Applejack, of course! It's a little spicy, a little creamy and sweetened only with apples. Delicious!

 Applejack's Jacked Up Apple Custard Serves 4 

Difficulty Level Normal Mode

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples, of mixed variety (Macintosh, Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp...)
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Jalapeño or Red Pepper Flakes
  • Dash of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Organic Sour Cream or Coconut Cream
  • 2 Eggs

Directions Peel and quarter the Apples, removing the core. Using different types of Apples will give you more of a depth of flavour, compared to just using a single variety. In a saucepan, add the Apples, Ginger and Water. Bring to a boil and then and cook over medium heat until the Apples are soft and begin to become a bit saucy, about 20 minutes. Next, add the Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Jalapeño/Red Pepper Flakes and Cayenne Pepper. Cook for a few more minutes, then allow to cool slightly. Blend using an immersion blender or food processor until it reaches a uniform applesauce consistency.

Next, beat together the Eggs and the Sour Cream or Coconut Cream. Temper the Eggs with a bit of the applesauce, continuing to mix all the while. Once tempered, add to the main mixture. Whip the whole thing to incorporate some air.

Preheat the oven to 350, and then grease 4 ramekins. Divide the mixture evenly, then bake for 35 minutes, or until set. Serve warm, topped with fresh Whipped Cream or Whipped Coconut Cream. Enjoy!