Yesterday was another celebration, St. Nikola. Long time tradition for that particular day is to prepare dishes without any dairy or meat using mostly fresh vegetables, fish, dry fruits and nuts.
I wanted to make nice dessert perfect for this occasion or any other time when we need to skip milk or eggs in dessert recipes which is very rare.
Looking in my freezer I noticed that I have phyllo dough and puff pastry. I started from there.
For the filling I chose beautiful Fuji apples, pecans , orange zest, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Here is a step by step recipe for this absolutely incredible dessert.
You will need:
2 squares puff pastry
5 phyllo dough sheets
2 medium Fuji apples
4 oz pecans
1/4 light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 small bag vanilla sugar
small organic orange-for orange zest
lemon juice, for the taste
1 teaspoon Smart balance light for pastry brush-phyllo dough
Preheat oven to 400F.
Thaw the dough on the room temperature for 20 minutes.
Prepare the filling.
Core and cut the apples in smaller cubes and put then in the bowl.
Add orange zest and lemon juice.
Add pecans, brown sugar, vanilla sugar and cinnamon to the apple mixture. Set aside.
Take the 12 cup muffin pen.
Each round cover with piece of puff pastry and then add the layer of phyllo dough.
Fill every round with pecan filling.
Cover prepared and filled blossoms with another layer of phyllo dough.
Using pastry brush glaze edges of blossoms for the nice finishing color.
Bake blossoms for 16-20 minutes.
Place dessert on the nice serving dish. Wonderful if served still warm.
Fantastic texture, crunch and aroma of pecans and apples and still very festive… perfect dessert for parties and gatherings.
1 Serving, 1 Apple Pecan Blossom has:
Total fat 8%
Saturated fat 1%
Total Carbohydrate 3%
Dietary Fiber 6%
Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.
Pecans are very low in Cholesterol and Sodium, very good source of Manganese.