Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Nourishing Your Soul Challenge: Days 2 + 3

Hello lovely lovelies!

I'm sorry I didn't post yesterday. It got late and I was tired and ill and blah, blah, blah. Anyhow, as part of my second day of soul nourishing I decided to cook! I love, love, love to cook. It's a rare treat for me to cook anything I like, living on a student income. And I just love cooking with apples.
Apples are often considered symbols of love and godliness! They taste sweet, light and crisp. I don't know what could be better to nourish my soul (or my stomach) than cooking apple pastries. I felt it only fair to share my recipe!

To make for two people you need:

  • 6 ready rolled filo pastry sheets, 3 sheets per person (You can do this with puff pastry and not make parcels. Both ways taste just lovely.)
  • 3 cooking apples
  • Golden caster sugar
  • An egg
  • Some salted butter
I also added some seasonal spices to give it a Christmassy edge. These are optional though, the pastries taste just as nice without them:
  • A half or whole teaspoon of cinnamon (dependant on personal tastes)
  • 2 cloves per apple stewed
  • A little bit of ground nutmeg
Ok! So now for the instructions. I'll make them as brief as possible. It really doesn't take as long as it might seem.

  • Peel, core and quarter 2 of the apples and plop them into a pan of water and lemon so they don't brown as you go.
  • Chop them up a little more and place them in another pan over a high heat with a knob of butter and 2 tablespoons of golden caster sugar.
  • Chuck in the cloves now so the flavour soaks into the apple.
  • The apples will gradually break down and turn lovely and mushy. Chuck in the cinnamon and nutmeg. Add sugar and butter to taste if you like. It's a very experimental recipe and all up to you!
  • Peel, core, quarter and thinly slice the last apple. Pop that in the lemon water too for a while.
  • Unroll 3 sheets of the pastry and scoop half of the stewed apple into the middle. Lay some of the sliced apples on top and sprinkle with a bit more sugar. 
  • Fold one corner over the apple and brush the folded corner with egg. Repeat this for all of the corners and sprinkle the whole thing with a little more sugar.
  • Put in the oven at 200 degrees C for 10 minutes then check it. It might need more time in the oven but just keep checking.
Serve with cream and enjoy!!

As for day 3, I've lapsed. I'm baaaaad. I'm not feeling well today so my soul nourishing activity has been to sleep! And sleep I shall.
Lots of love and good night!

xxxx Aria

Here's some pictures!



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