Time to jump into some fall flavors with apple cinnamon week. Here is my most recent take on apple pie: apples, pecans, maple, and cinnamon in cute phyllo bundles. Factoring in a couple torn phyllo squares, this recipe makes about 25 bundles, enough to feed a crowd, though mostly it just fed my pastry-addicted husband.
1 package phyllo dough, thawed
4 large apples, chopped in roughly 1/4-in pieces (about 6 cups chopped)
1 c pecans, roughly chopped
1/4 c maple syrup
1 T margarine, melted
2 t vanilla
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
3 T flour
Coconut Whipped Cream:
2 cans coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
3 T maple syrup
1 t vanilla
1 t cinnamon
a pinch salt
- To make coconut whipped cream, place a mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Turn cans of coconut milk upside down, and open from the bottom. Pour off the semi-translucent liquid and reserve it for another use, then pour the opaque white cream into the chilled mixing bowl. Whip with a hand-held beater on high speed until soft peaks form. Add syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and continue whipping until soft peaks form again. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Toss together apples, pecans, syrup, margarine, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle on flour and toss to coat.
- Divide phyllo dough into 3 stacks of about 6 sheets per stack. Cover 2 of the stacks with a towel, and work with the remaining stack. Cut this stack in thirds in both directions to form 9 rectangles, about 4 1/3 x 6 inches each.
- Place about 1/4 cup of apple mixture in the center of each rectangle. Brush the edges of a rectangle with water, gather the corners together over the apple mixture, and pinch together to form a bundle. As each bundle is finished, place on a baking sheet or, to help bundles hold their shape, in a muffin tin.
- Repeat with remaining phyllo dough.
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until phyllo is crisp and beginning to turn golden-brown.
- Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving with whipped coconut cream.