Sunday, July 3, 2011

Manzanita pastelería - Apple Pastry Dumplings!

I would always have a yummy apple waiting for me at little lunch!
Everyday when I would open my lunch box at school I would have an apple, juice box and my sandwich.  It had always been part of my every day from pre-school to my one apple a day I still eat everyday at work as my pre-lunch snack!

Thinking of apples the other day I raided all the old recipe books and found the yummiest collection of recipes.  I'll post over the coming weeks some of the best of the best.

Today we have a Sunday afternoon favourite.  It was easy to make and so delicious!  Mum used to use frozen pastry for this one instead of making her own so I am using the same ingredients here (but you can substitute if you prefer making it yourself!).

Apple Pastry Dumplings

  • 4 large cooking apples
  • Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped raisins
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons of honey
  • 375g of frozen shortcrust pastry thawed
  • Caster sugar to garnish
Carefully peel and core apples, cutting not quite through to the bottom. Roll the apples in lemon juice to stop the apples from going brown.  In a small bowl, put in the lemon peel, raisins and cinnamon.  Spoon the mixture into the apples.  Drizzle each one with a teaspoon of honey.  Put the apples aside for the moment.

Lightly flour your working surface and roll out the pastry.  Cut four squares or circles large enough to hold the apples.  Place an apple on each of the pastry centres.  Lightly brush the pastry edges with water.  Fold corners to meet at the top completely covering the apples - pinch the pastry edges gently to seal.  You can decorate the dumplings with pastry scraps (some people like making leaves or nice little bows etc) I prefer it looking simple.

Brush the pastry with water; sprinkle with caster sugar.  Place the apples on a greased baking tray.  Bake at 200 degrees for 10mins then reduce the temperature to 180 degrees until browned and tender when pierced (usually around 20-25mins).

You can use other fruits if you prefer, fresh pears or peached. You can eat as they are or pair up with ice cream or cream!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

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