Saturday, September 26, 2009

Apple Cinnamon Puffs

This recipe came from my sister-in-law many years ago...who happened to live in an apple orchard and served up the best apple dishes to all who stopped by. I have made it on many occasions over the years...at times in large pans to feed a crowd.



Ingredients:
  • 6 large tart apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food colouring (optional)
Directions:
  1. Peel and thinly slice apples.
  2. Place in a 9" x 12" greased baking dish.
  3. Combine water, sugar and colouring and boil to a syrup (about 5 minutes) over medium heat.
  4. Pour over sliced apples.
  5. Top with cinnamon puffs (directions below) and bake at 375° for about 30 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with premium vanilla ice-cream.
Cinnamon Puffs:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in butter with pastry blender to form crumbs.
  3. Stir in milk to make a soft dough.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls on top of apples.
  5. Combine melted butter, sugar and cinnamon for topping.
  6. Make a dent in the top of each puff and spoon on a little topping.


Notes:  If the apples are rather slow-cooking, I place the pan in the oven for some fifteen or twenty minutes to pre-cook before topping with the cinnamon puffs.