Saturday 6 October 2012

Pastry Hearts + Cinnamon Honey Apples, by Kira

One basic pastry dough recipe

6 to 10 Apples peeled, cored and chopped
(I used Mutsu apples; we like a crisp tart apple.)
2 tablespoons Cinnamon
4 to 6 tablespoons Honey
Whipping cream
Preheat oven to 400F.
Roll prepared pastry dough out onto floured surface.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out hearts or any other shapes you wish to use.
Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for about ten minutes or until golden.
Cool on a rack.
Place apples, cinnamon and honey into a large pot and simmer until tender.
Whip up your cream.
Assemble bowls:

I put the apples in the bottom and hearts around the side with a dollop of whip cream on top.
You could place the apples in a large serving bowl or pie plate.
Then starting on the outside, overlap pastry hearts around,
working your way into the center.
I think this would look neat but I haven't tried it yet.

Here is a little information on the Mutsu.
Mutsu apples are first harvested in fall and available through mid winter. Also known as Crispin, the Mutsu apple is a cross between the Golden Delicious and Indo apple. A popular dessert apple in Japan where it was first developed it is oftentimes referred to there as “the million dollar apple”. Medium to large in size with a slightly oblong shape the skin of the Mutsu apple is smooth and bright green to yellow in color. Its firm white flesh is crisp and juicy with a sweet-tart flavour that has subtle hints of spice. An excellent keeper, the Mutsu apple will take on an even sweeter flavour in cold storage. Mutsu apples are a good source of soluble fiber, which has been proven to help lower cholesterol, control weight, and regulate blood sugar. They also contain vitamins A and C, as well as a trace amount of boron and potassium, most of which is located in the apples skin. With its sweet and delicately spiced flavor the Mutsu apple is sought after for its use as an excellent dessert apple in the culinary world. They can be sliced and baked, hollowed out and stuffed, battered and fried or slow cooked into a sauce. Their sweetness will compliment pies and tarts. Cubed they will add moisture and flavor to muffins, breads and cakes. Mutsu apples will compliment savory applications as well. Try roasted or sautéed for a side dish or topping, slice and add to green, chopped and stacked salads or serve as an accompaniment to robust cheeses. (Specialty produce, 2012.)

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