Saturday, July 10, 2010

Resolution Recipe: Apple Easy Turnover

I really should change the name of my blog to Super Easy Food You Can Make Without Trying Too Hard And Probably Not Screw Up Too Badly.  Maybe some day I'll tell you why it's called "Oh really? How nice..."


I've been wanting to make this for awhile, and this week the local supermarket (oxymoron??) had premade pie crust on sale, so I kinda felt like I had run out of excuses. It's very easy to make, and even easier to eat!

Here's what you'll need:
2 cups thinly sliced apples (2 medium)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon raw sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pie crust (I used the refrigerated ready-made kind)
1 egg
a sprinkle of ground ginger, and of allspice

I used an apple corer, then sliced the wedges to be a little thiner, so in the end I had pretty thin wedges.  After wedging with the corer, I scooped out any bits of core that was left.  If you choose to peel the apples first, well, I guess that's your right, but you're missing out.  So there.

Use a medium sized saucepan and put the apples, 3 Tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and the quarter cup of packed brown sugar into the pan.  Put it on a medium heat and stir until it's nice a bubbley, then turn it to low.  Add your spices, then let it simmer on low for 5-7 minutes, until the apples are soft.

While the apples simmer, get a small bowl and mix the flour, raw sugar and salt together.  Once the apples are soft, you'll want to slowly (spoon at a time) add this flour mixture to the apple mixture in the pan, mixing and cooking until all the flour is incorporated and the mixture it the pan is thick.

Take the thickened apple mixture off the heat.  I put it in a bowl so it would cool more quickly.  Here's a picture.  You'll want it to be pretty cool before placing it on the dough.

Take the pie crust out of the fridge and set it out to warm up a little.  Set the timer for 15 minutes.  Now si the time to start preheating the ove. to 375 degrees (f).  You'll also want to take this time to rinse out the pan you cooked the apple in, otherwise it will turn to apple glue!

Once the pie crust has been sitting out for 15 minutes (or so), un-roll it onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  I was so eager to get this made, I neglected to take a picture of this step.  I made you a picture of it in Paint.  I'm really sorry. (it's harder than it looks!)

Place the cooled apple mixture filling 1/2 of the crust, leaving about 1/2 inch on the edges. 
Beat the egg, mix in 1 Tablespoon water, then brush the egg wash over the edge that you left oncovered.

Fold over the half of the crust that is bereft of apples.  Using a fork, crimp the edges together.  Brush more of the eggwash over the entire thing.
Using a knife, cut some vent holes on the top.  Be creative, make a design or a picture.  I was going for a half sunburst.

Bake in your 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve with a delicious cup of fresh coffee and enjoy!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

a wish to be flying

cat chatters at birds

a wish to catch them or fly

coffee ready yet?