So y’all read about my near-death experience with an acetone cocktail in the bad part of Austin, right?
Well what you DIDN’T know is that I had my life saved in the future, too.
You see, a few bloggers and I were all riding in the elevator together one day and for some reason we were talking about snakes, since that’s usually a hot topic among recipe developers.
Most of the girls were talking about their fears of snakes and how much they love snakes in their garden (cough cough Nikki) and Nikki told me about a snake breed called a Blow Snake. What in the..?
Anyway, during our conversation about snake species and finding them in our gardens, Aimee realized some of us were a little petrified of these creepy squigglers and decided to offer us some life-saving advice for the future. Did you know that threatened snakes smell like cucumber?! It’s true!*
*according to Aimee. If it isn’t true, blame Aimee. But then again, I would never blame someone for saving MY LIFE. So suit yourself.
I made this handy diagram for those who are more visually inclined.
So basically, according to Aimee, if you’re walking around outside minding your own dandy business and suddenly catch an intoxicating whiff of cucumber melon lotion, try your hardest not to enjoy its refreshing aroma because you’re probably going to be bitten and die. Okay, maybe not die, but probably be bitten.
If nothing else, at least death will smell invigorating and uplifting. I mean, that’s all I can ask for when dying from snakebite.
Also, as a last dying meal, I would like it to be this Carney Donut Parfait.
While at Gourdough’s (which I will be talking about all week long — yay!), Aimee ordered us a donut to split and it so happened to be The Carney. Qu’est que c’est? Fancy you should ask, compadre. It’s their fried donut topped with luscious apple pie filling, salty peanuts, and fluffy whipped cream frosting all.in.one. Basically, it was a heavenly fried cake that tasted like a gooey caramel apple and I died from joy.
So I took those carnilicious elements and made these parfaits. No-bake, made in minutes, and taste like those perfectly scrumptious caramel apples, sans carney folk. Bonus!
- Approx. 28 glazed donut holes
- 1 can apple pie filling
- ⅔ cup dry roasted peanuts (honey roasted would be good, too!)
- ½ cup cream cheese icing (canned works perfect!)
- Place three donut holes among 4 small plastic cups (I used Chinet Cut Crystal cups). Spoon a heaping spoonful (about 2 Tbsp) of pie filling evenly on top of the donut holes. Sprinkle with peanuts. Layer with four (4) more donut holes, more pie filling, and more peanuts.
- Place the frosting in a plastic bag and pipe icing onto the tops of the parfaits, if desired. I used a star tip, but any tip works!
- Serve and eat!! These can be kept in the fridge for about a day.
Warning: this is NOT a diet-friendly food. But then again, what is a diet-friendly food? Because I’m pretty sure kale smoothies (ahem) are definitely not as friendly on my tastebuds as donuts are. I’d say, donuts are probably the friendliest of foods. And these parfaits are no exception! They are the perfect hybrid of a rich caramel apple and a gooey apple pie, but in a cute cup full of yumminess.
Stay tuned for more Gourdoughrific recipes this week! 🙂