Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Caramel Apple Strudel and a Caramel Ice Cream Dessert

Nothing says Fall better than the taste of caramel and apples together. Here are two ideas that combine both flavors.  
Caramel Apple Strudel

Cook's notes: This recipe is as easy as making an apple pie. It is adapted from Taste of Home September/October 2014 and recipe serves 6-8
Cooking tip: To avoid a soggy crust place apple mixture in colander to drain off some of the juices before spreading mixture on the pastry crust.
Ingredients
  • 5 medium apples, peeled and chopped (5 cups)
  • 3/4 cup apple juice or cider 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 TB.. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TB. water
  • 1 TB. coarse sugar

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender but not mushy. Stir occasionally. Cool completely and drain off excess juices.
  • Unfold puff pastry onto a large sheet of parchment paper; roll into a 16x12-in. rectangle. Transfer paper and pastry to a baking sheet, placing a short side of the rectangle facing you. Using a slotted spoon to drain the juices, arrange apples on bottom half of pastry to within 1 in. of edges. Drizzle apples with caramel topping. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with the bottom side. Pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg with water; brush over pastry. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cut slits in top. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Apple Caramel Ice-Cream Delight
Cook's notes: A leftover bag of toasted coconut and pecans from the Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies recipe posted November 8th was the perfect topping over the caramel sauce.
http://sockfairies.blogspot.com/2014/11/oatmeal-butterscotch-cookies.html
This dessert was easy to put together.
 
Ingredients:
  • French Vanilla ice cream
  • Salted Caramel Sauce
  • Chopped apples
  • Toasted pecans and coconut
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix equal parts of chopped pecans and flaked coconut. Spread mixture out evenly on the sheet.
  • Bake until coconut is browned and pecans toasted about 5 minutes but stir mixture several times while toasting.
  • Transfer to a large dinner plate and cool. 
  • In a dish place a scoop of ice cream with chopped apples. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with toasted pecans and coconut.   
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