Thursday, November 7, 2013

Caramel Apple Crostada

























These are so pretty and so easy to make. They are out of this world good when you take them out of the oven and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or two...or three.... Oh Yum!

Caramel Apple Crostada

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup frozen butter, cubed
1 egg
4-6 tablespoons of very cold ice water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
half and half or milk for brushing dough

Blend together four, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix in cold butter and pulse a few quick times. I usually use a food processor for this so that I can keep the butter cold..
Add egg mix until combined. Slowly add water, until crumbly/clumpy consistency is reached- add more water if dough doesn't start coming together. Turn out dough on lightly floured surface and continue to knead with hands for a few minutes (the consistency will be much like pie dough). Form the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Put it into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill. In the mean time, start making apple filling.

Apple Filling

2 Fuji or Gala apples, peeled, and sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
6-7 pieces of Kraft caramels, cut into smaller chunks
powdered sugar
slivered almonds

Place prepared apple slices in a bowl and add cinnamon and sugar. Using your hands, evenly coat apples with cinnamon and sugar. Mix in pieces of caramel.

Preheat oven to 425 and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut dough in half and then wrap second half with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. Cut dough in half again and on a floured surface roll out to make two 4-5 inch wide crostadas. Place circles of dough on prepared baking pan.

Pile apple/caramel mixture in center of dough. Fold dough over apple mixture about 1-2 inches. Pinch your folds to seal dough.
Brush exposed crust with half and half or milk. Place crostatas in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until apples and the caramel start bubbling. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and slivered almonds if desired. Add vanilla ice cream or frozen whipped cream! Enjoy!

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