Many a time, we are on the look out for simple edibles that we can create in a short span with minimal efforts. One such afternoon when I was in no mood to indulge in anything tedious, and was wondering what to do, my mind wandered to the phyllo pastry lying in my refrigerator. A recipe I had read on the backcover of a carton suddenly flashed in my mind. A quick glance towards my fruit basket revealed fresh and juicy red apples. I also remembered a pot of cinnamon powder lying in my store cupboard. What more could I ask for? Some butter and sugar and I was on my way, making these lovely slices. Crisp, tasty and simple is how I would describe them.
This is really simple to make and the next time around I'm going to be experimenting a bit. Substituting the butter with almond or walnut oil and maybe introducing some dry fruits like almond or walnuts between the apple slices.
Phyllo pastry is one of the most versatile things I have come across. It can be used for sweet and savoury dishes with myriad combinations. These sheets are not easily available in India. One of my friends who resides in the US and who uses phyllo quite often offered to send it to me, in her excitement completely oblivious to storage regulations for it to reach me from a place thousands of miles away, in an intact and usable form. Fortunately I came across phyllo in a gourmet store in Mumbai, exorbitantly priced but nevertheless gave me a chance to experiment. Unfortunately they have stopped stocking it and that means I cant play around with phyllo as much as I would like to, atleast until I come across another source.
More about Phyllo here.
Apple and Cinnamon Phyllo Slices Recipe
These slices are quick and easy to assemble. They heat well and can even be served cold or at room temperature. They taste delicious when served hot alongwith a scoop of good vanilla ice cream.
8 sheets of phyllo pastry
100 gm melted butter
50 gm castor sugar or icing sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
Extra butter for dotting
Peel, core and slice apples thinly lengthwise. Mix the sugar and the cinnamon powder. Brush each sheet of phyllo pastry with the melted butter using a pastry brush and layer them one above the other. Cut into equal square slices depending on the desired size. Arrange the sliced apples on top so that they overlap each other. Dot with butter and sprinkle half the sugared cinnamon powder.
Preheat the oven for atleast 10 minutes. Bake at 180 degrees C for about 25 minutes to ½ an hour. To make them extra crisp sprinkle the remaining sugared cinnamon and bake at 200 degrees C for another 10 minutes until brown and crisp.