I've been hinting at desserts with moonshine for quite some time. The problem with moonshine is that you're not likely to remember the things you were doing before you drank it. It is quite possible that I’ve made ten desserts with moonshine and only photographed this one. Oh, and this one, too.
Moonshine (also referred to as white lightning or white whiskey) is simply corn whiskey that is not aged in barrels. Regular whiskey and bourbon (and dark rum, for that matter) get their brown hue from the barrel they are aged in. White whiskey is corn mash fermented, distilled, and bottled immediately. Here's a good explanation of how it's made. It’s pretty potent stuff, and it’s safe to say that if you don’t enjoy drinking liquor straight, you won’t enjoy moonshine straight. Enter apple pie moonshine. Apple pie moonshine is moonshine that has been infused with fresh apples and cinnamon. It makes it smooth and drinkable. Maybe a little too drinkable.
Moonshine has a mysterious history, which is common for most things that come out of the Appalachians. I adore reading and learning about this part of America, and I feel that our most fascinating history stems from here. Mr. Dessert For Two is reading this book, which outlines the history of the beverage and exposes the shocking truth about who was behind the illegal practice. I can’t wait for him to finish it so I can read it next.
Tiramisu was one of the top 5 desserts that y’all request for me to scale down to serve two. I hope you don’t mind that I Southern-ified it. If you really want me to, I can make a traditional Italian version with the leftover ladyfingers. Just speak up.