Friday, October 10, 2008

Granny Wraps

I decided to post the recipe for the baked apples for you here after getting some requests for it. I hope you will give it a try. It is a great Fall recipe and makes a great presentation. Besides that, it's just plain yummy!

Granny Wraps
(Baked Apples)

6 Large Granny Smith Apples (peeled & cored)
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Allspice
½ tsp Cloves
¼ Cup Cold Butter
1 handful of Raisins
In a small bowl mix up sugar, spices, raisins and butter until it all holds together (I use my hands for this) Then fill the apple (where the core was) with the sugar mixture and set aside.
You can also add nuts to this if you like.

2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
2 Cups water
1 tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Cloves
In a medium pan, heat all of these ingredients together until it comes to a slow boil. Turn down heat and let it simmer while you finish.

3 Cups Flour
1 ½ tsp Salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1 Cup (heaping) shortening
7-10 tblsp Cold Water

Cut flour, salt and cinnamon into shortening using 2 knives or a pastry blender until the flour resembles small peas. Add cold water one tablespoon at a time until moist. Gather into a ball and separate into 6 smaller balls.

Roll one of the small balls out on a floured tea towel. Trim the edges into squares and place a stuffed apple in center of pastry. Moisten edges with water and wrap up the apple, being sure to seal all of your edges. Repeat with the next 5 apples. Place them in a lightly buttered deep dish, making sure they don‘t touch each other. Pour sugar syrup over apples and bake in a 400* oven for 40 min. About every 10 minutes, open oven and spoon syrup over apples.
Eat while hot - DELISH!

You can make all of this ahead and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to bake them. Just don’t pour the syrup over them until you are ready to cook them or the pastry will get soggy.

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