September 24, 2007

Apples and more Apples

Pastry Cups with Blue Cheese and Apples

1 package Athens pastry cups
2 oz. cream cheese
2 oz. blue cheese
1 green apple, diced
walnuts, roughly chopped and toasted

Blend cream cheese and blue cheese with electric mixer until whipped and smooth. Place one dallop in bottom of pastry cup and cover with apple and sprinkle with walnuts.

Cinnamon Apple Chips (adapted from a recipe in Gourmet, August 2001)

3 TBSP confectioners sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medium Green apple

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheet with baking pad or parchment. Sift together sugar and cinnamon twice to evenly incorporate. Sift half of cinnamon/sugar onto baking sheet. Cut apple crosswise into very thin round slices, about 1/16th of an inch. Arrange slices nearly touching each other and evenly sift remaining cinnamon/sugar over slices. Bake in middle of oven until golden and beginning to crisp, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool on rack.

Notes: This was an experiment for Bear's birthday party. They were supposed to go with the sauteed apples (see below). But the didn't turn out as crisp as they were supposed to and so it all got eaten separately. The chips were just good by themselves (there were none left) and the sauteed apples made a good topping for icecream. I'm not sure why these weren't as "chippy" as I wanted -- it's been suggested that when I try them again, I use a higher temperature. At least I got to play with the mandoline.

Sauteed Apples
from Bon Appetit, September 2005

3 TBSP butter
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 TBSP golden brown sugar
1 TBSP honey
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp grated orange peel

Cook butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beginning to brown. Add apples and saute until tender, about 9 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients, stir to blend. Cool. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.)

Posted by Jennifer at September 24, 2007 8:33 PM | TrackBack

The Pastry Cups with Blue Cheese and Apples were tasty, and mild enough that even people who weren't big fans of blue cheese [heathens!] could enjoy them. Yes, this does mean I think they'd be even better with a stronger blue.

The Cinnamon Apple Chips did indeed taste quite good despite being rather limp. I'll look forward to the next attempt!

The Sauteed Apples were pretty yummy too.

Posted by: Michael at September 24, 2007 9:55 PM
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