Everybody loves their own dessert, and kids (of all ages!) will love these clever little apple treats in individual golden cups of crispy-crunchy filo pastry.
Using whole wheat pastry flour in the filling adds a little more nutrition and fiber; it's so much lighter than traditional whole wheat flour that it works beautifully in these little desserts. You'll find it in well-stocked supermarkets and specialty grocers, and at Whole Foods.
You can vary this recipe to use your favorite fruits: for example, try substituting pears for the apples, or dried cranberries for the raisins. Kids love to use their hands, so let them help work the butter into the flour-sugar mixture or sprinkle the topping over the filled cups. Everyone loves a delicious, aromatic treat that they helped to make!
Prep time: 45 min | Cook time: 45 min | Total time: 90 min | 4 Servings
firm Earthbound Farm Organic Apples, such as Fuji or Braeburn (peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks,about 4 cups)
Earthbound Farm Organic Raisins
organic apple juice or water
cinnamon stick (3 inches long)
strip of lemon peel (or 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice)
sheets of filo dough (approximately 13 x 17 inches each)
unsalted butter (melted)
whole wheat pastry flour
unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
Whipped cream (as garnish)
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.
Combine the apples, raisins, sugar, apple juice, cinnamon and lemon peel in a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture simmers. Lower the heat to medium and continue cooking until the apples are just soft, about 8 minutes.
Turn off the heat, cover the skillet and let the apple mixture sit for 2 minutes. Remove the cover and let the mixture cool, about 10 minutes. When the apples are cool, discard the cinnamon stick and the lemon peel.
Cut each sheet of filo pastry in half lengthwise, then stack the pieces on top of one another and cut crosswise into 3 equal squares. You should end up with 6 squares per sheet, each approximately 6.5 x 5 inches — a total of 18 squares of pastry from the 3 sheets of dough. Cover the squares with a damp kitchen towel so the dough doesn’t dry out as you work with the pieces.
Lightly brush one side of 4 squares of filo pastry with some of the melted butter. Line 4 muffin pan wells (alternate, not adjacent to each other) with one square of dough each, pressing the filo gently into the cup with your fingers so that it loosely molds to the cup’s shape. Some of the pastry should extend beyond the edges of the muffin wells. Don’t worry if the dough tears; the subsequent layers of filo pastry will cover any cracks or holes.
Butter 4 more squares of filo and place them one at a time on top of the first sheet, rotating them by 90 degrees each time, so that the overhanging corners of each sheet fills in the spaces between previous ones. Repeat this step with the remaining filo squares, arranging each successive layer so that the overhanging pastry edges form a ruffly circle of dough.
Divide the apple mixture equally among each of the 4 filo cups.
Make the crumble topping by combining the flour and sugar in a small bowl. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, rub the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the walnuts and cinnamon.
Sprinkle some of the crumble mixture over each of the filo cups. Bake until the pastry is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer the muffin pan to a wire rack and let it cool. Carefully remove the filo cups from the pan and serve with whipped cream, if desired.
Per serving: Calories 420, Fat 14 grams, Cholesterol 35 mg, Sodium 80 mg, Carbohydrates 76 grams, Fiber 9 grams, Sugars 40 grams, Protein 3 grams.
Percentage Daily Values per serving (based on a 2,000-calorie diet): Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 6%, Iron 10%.
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