Tuesday, 18 October 2011
If there is one thing that the Toddster loves above everything else in the world (excluding me of course!) it's Apple Pie! If I want to make him happy all I have to do is bake him an apple pie . . . mind you . . . I don't make them exactly like his dear old mum did of course. I make North American style Apple Pies . . . she made British ones. I haven't quite mastered that art yet . . .
He makes do with the ones I do make and waxes nostalgic about his mum's the whole time he is eating mine . . . I don't hold it against him. I've never tasted a turkey dinner that has quite come up to my own mum's either.
Today though I created something which just may have come up almost to his mother's pies . . . well, mostly . . . nearly . . . anyways. Apple Pie Roll Ups!
They're like an apple pie, but much smaller . . . much quicker . . . and much easier to make. They're every bit as delicious . . . you get the savoury flavour of a butter pastry . . . spread with butter and cinnamon sugar . . . wrapped around tart slices of apple and then brushed with yet more butter and an additional sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. (I add a bit of nutmeg for an added depth of flavour.)
Baked in a hot oven for around 15 minutes and you have almost near instant apple pie gratification!! Oh soooooo scrummy!!
Of course I had to serve ours with warm custard. Apple pie is just not apple pie to the Toddster without lashings of custard poured over top. I have a really scrummy recipe here. (You knew I would.) If you're not quite up to making your own (it can be a bit fiddly at times) you can always use a good one from the chiller cabinet at your local shop, or even some made from the Bird's Eye Custard Powder. (A good Vanilla Ice Cream would be just as scrummy!)
The Apple Pie is the star here . . . not the custard. Nom Nom!!
*Apple Pie Roll Ups*
Makes 12 roll ups
I may never make a normal apple pie again. These are quick fun to make and quite scrummy! I served them with custard of course!
3 1/2 ounces caster sugar (1/2 cup)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 320g package of ready rolled all butter shortcrust (in North America,
use a 14 ounce package of refrigerated pie crust)
3 TBS melted butter
2 medium tart apples, peeled and cut into 6 wedges each
Preheat the oven to 230*C/425*F/ gas mark 7. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Set aside.
Whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Set aside.
Unroll the pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Brush with 2 TBS of the melted butter. Sprinkle with all but 1 TBS of the cinnamon sugar. (reserve for a few minutes) Cut the sheet into 12 inch strips along the long side. Lay a wedge of apple on the short end of each pastry strip and roll them up, with the sugared side of the pastry against the apple. Place them onto the lined baking sheet. Brush with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar evenly over top.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Serve warm, with or without custard. Delicious!
Note - You can of course make your own pastry from scratch. I have used ready roll for ease and speed. If you buy the all butter one (and I recommend that you do) it's pretty good and very close to homemade.
Over in The Cottage today, a delicious Brussel Sprout and Mushroom Ragout with Herby Dumplings!