Get a jump start on fall's bounty with the a sweet treat featuring apples and ready-made puff pastry. If you like, sprinkle the finished dessert with powdered sugar. This recipe is from the New Zealand Fruit Co.
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered and cored
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon melted butter
4 2 1/2 -inch frozen round puff pastry shells, thawed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
Slice apples into 1/4 -inch thick slices; toss with lemon juice and butter. Roll out puff pastry shells into 5-inch circles. Cut a circle 1/2 -inch from outer edge of dough, cutting almost all the way through the dough. Prick the inside circle with a fork. Divide apples between pieces of dough and arrange in center, staying inside cut circle. Refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes, or until dough is chilled. Toss together cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle evenly over apples. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. Serves four.
Butterscotch Applesauce Bars are a quick-to-fix snack. They take just minutes to cook in a microwave oven. Try the homemade applesauce available at fall fairs and farm markets.
Butterscotch Applesauce Bars
Vegetable cooking spray
3 cups vanilla wafers
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup butterscotch bits
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup chopped nuts or sunflower seeds (optional)
Spray the bottom of an 8x8-inch glass pan or nine-inch glass pie pan with cooking spray. Crush the wafers into large chunks. Place half the wafers in the pan.
In a bowl, mix the raisins, butterscotch bits, wheat germ and applesauce. Add the nuts or sunflower seeds if desired. Spread over the wafers in the pan. Press the rest of the wafers evenly over the applesauce mixture.
Cook on 100 percent power (high) for eight minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into bars. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator. Makes 16 bars.