Warm Apple Dumplings

These warm apple dumplings are juicy, filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins all wrapped in tender flaky crust.

Apple DumplingWe made these in bakeshop this week and students discovered how tasty and delicious they are.

For each apple you will need:

  • Granny Smith apple (green)
  • A mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins and butter, combine these ingredients to use to fill the hole where the core used to be
  • lemon juice
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry (1 sheet can cover up to 4 apples)
  • Egg wash (egg beaten with water)
  • Peeled Apples

    Peeled Apples

Method:

Peel and core the apple, drizzle it with lemon juice.

Core the apples, drizzle with lemon juice.

Core the apples, drizzle with lemon juice.

Fill the center with the brown sugar/raisin mixture

Fill the center with the brown sugar/raisin mixture

Cut the puff pastry to fit the apples; egg wash.

Cut the puff pastry to fit the apples; egg wash.

Wrap each apple in the pastry and egg wash again. Bake at 375 F Degrees for 35-40 minutes. Pierce the pastry with a knife or toothpick the see if the apple is tender, if it is, it is done. Remove from oven. If not allow to cook until the apple is tender. If necessary cover the pastry loosely with foil to prevent it browning too much.

Wrap each apple in the pastry and egg wash again. Bake at 375 F Degrees for 35-40 minutes. Pierce the pastry with a knife or toothpick the see if the apple is tender, if it is, it is done. Remove from oven. If not allow to cook until the apple is tender. If necessary cover the pastry loosely with foil to prevent it browning too much.

Serve warm with whipped cream and caramel sauce. A few fresh berries add color to the plate.

Serve warm with whipped cream and caramel sauce. A few fresh berries add color to the plate.

Stuff the cinnamon sugar into the center of the apple.

Wrap the apple in puff pastry, seal seams tightly.

Bake at 375°F for 35-40 minutes.

The Apple Dumplings are done when the apple is tender inside.

Serve warm with vanilla and caramel sauce and a few berries for garnish.

Salmon Coulibiac with Mustard Sauce

In the restaurant, we used to make Salmon Coulibiac for New Years appetizer. It was wildly popular and considering how easy it is to make and the big WOW factor, I am surprised we didn’t offer it more than just on New Years menus.

Salmon Coulibiac is a great dish to use poached salmon but this time, I had some salmon left over from dinner. So I decided to use that up.

This recipe makes quite a bit. I got 2 lovely fish out of it and still had enough left over to make a couple of smaller rolls with the filling.

There are a couple of ways to approach this, you can layer the filling ingredients or you can mix them all together.

Personally, I like layering as the sliced serving looks so much better.

Salmon Coulibiac

You will need:

  • 2 sheets of puff pastry or you can make brioche if you like
  • 8-10 ounces of cooked salmon
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced if layering, chopped if mixing together
  • Cooked rice (I used a wild and brown rice mixture)
  • fresh cilantro
  • Fresh scallions, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onions and mushrooms in butter until done. Season with salt and pepper, deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine.

Cool to room temperature.

Lay the puff pastry on a cutting board. Trace and cut into a large fish shape. Cut two: one for the bottom and the other to top. The top should be slightly larger than the bottom.

Transfer the bottom fish shape to a sheet pan lined with parchment and dusted lightly with corn meal.

Leaving a 1/2 inch border around the outside, place a bottom layer of cooked rice.

Top with cooked salmon, then the onions and mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, cilantro and scallions.

Season with salt and pepper.

Moisten the edge of the dough with egg wash, top with the other piece of dough. Press together to seal the edges all around.

Use dough scraps and a knife tip to create a design in the dough

Using scraps of dough, decorate the surface to create gills, eye, scales can be traced with a knife point. Cut through the dough in a few places to create vents for steam to release during cooking. If you don’t, your fish will break open during baking. Not a good look.

Use egg wash to hold the decorations in place and wash the entire surface with egg wash to give a nice shiny surface to the finished dish. Sprinkle a few bread crumbs on the surface if you like.

Bake is a 375°F oven for 40 minutes or until done and golden brown.

Mustard Sauce

Simple and tasty

  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

Bring the half and half and cream to a boil, whisk in the mustard and garlic, simmer for 5 minutes.

Adjust seasonings with salt if needed.

To serve:

Slice the Salmon Coulibiac and place each slice on a plate, put a spoon of sauce over one edge.

Serve with a salad and enjoy!

This is a great dish to use up any leftover salmon and rice you may have in the fridge.

If you aren’t the whimsical type and want to make this without the fish shape, you can.

Personally I love the fish shape, it makes me smile!

Cinnamon Palmiers

Cinnamon Palmiers is a fancy name for left over puff pastry sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked.

When I was a child, I recall my father making a similar treat from left over pie dough. This is a great way to use all your puff pastry or pie dough scraps; no matter how small they are.

Spread dough strips with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

Fold the long edge to the center line

Fold opposite edge to center line also. Then fold in half along the center line.

Cut into finger width slices

Place sliced side up/down on a baking sheet; well spaced

Tips:

Fold carefully!

Use a sharp knife to slice for a clean edge.

Keep your pastry cold for best results.

Line your baking pans with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

If you want some, set some aside because these things disappear quickly!

Cinnamon Palmieres and Tea