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18.06.24

6 Ways To Use Apple Fillings In Your Cooking

Apple fillings are a versatile ingredient that can add a touch of sweetness to a wide range of dishes. From breakfast treats to savoury dinners, apple fillings can enhance your culinary creations in delightful and unexpected ways. Here are 6 ideas for using apple fillings in your cooking.

1. Classic Apple Pie

No list of apple filling uses would be complete without mentioning the classic apple pie. To make a traditional apple pie, you will need a buttery pastry crust, which you can make from scratch or purchase pre-made. Simply roll out the dough, line your pie dish, and fill it with your apple filling. Top it with another layer of pastry, crimp the edges, and bake until golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a comforting and satisfying treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 double-crust pie pastry
  • 2 cups apple filling
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (for sprinkling)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F).
  2. Roll out the bottom pastry and line a 9-inch pie dish.
  3. Pour the apple filling into the pastry-lined dish.
  4. Roll out the top pastry and place it over the filling. Crimp the edges to seal.
  5. Brush the top with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly.

2. Apple Turnovers

Apple turnovers are a much-loved pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. These flaky pastries are filled with sweet apple filling and are easy to make using store-bought puff pastry. The result is a crispy, golden treat with a warm, gooey centre.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup apple filling
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (for sprinkling)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Cut the puff pastry into squares.
  3. Place a spoonful of apple filling in the centre of each square.
  4. Fold the pastry over to form a triangle and crimp the edges with a fork.
  5. Brush the tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

3. Apple-Stuffed French Toast

Level-up your breakfast with apple-stuffed French toast. This dish combines the rich, eggy flavour of French toast with the sweet, spiced goodness of apple filling. It’s an indulgent breakfast that’s perfect for weekends or special occasions.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple filling
  • Butter for cooking

Instructions:

  1. Spread apple filling on half of the bread slices and top with the remaining slices to make sandwiches.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon.
  3. Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture, ensuring both sides are coated.
  4. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook the sandwiches until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup.

4. Apple Crumble Bars

Apple crumble bars are a combination of a crumbly, buttery base, a layer of apple filling, and a crunchy oat topping. These bars are easy to make and perfect for dessert or an afternoon snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup apple filling

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, and melted butter until crumbly.
  3. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a greased baking dish.
  4. Spread the apple filling over the base.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over the top.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

5. Apple Pancakes

Add a delicious twist to your morning pancakes by incorporating apple filling. The sweet and spiced apple bits add a burst of flavour that pairs perfectly with pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup apple filling

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  2. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Gently fold in the apple filling.
  5. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat and lightly grease with butter or oil.
  6. Pour batter onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form on the surface. Flip and cook until golden brown.

6. Savory Apple and Pork Sausage Rolls

For a savoury twist, try incorporating apple filling into pork sausage rolls. The sweetness of the apple complements the rich, savoury flavour of the pork, creating a delicious and unique snack or appetiser.

Ingredients:

  • 500g pork sausage meat
  • 1 cup apple filling
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Mix the pork sausage meat with the apple filling.
  3. Cut the puff pastry sheet in half.
  4. Spoon the sausage mixture along the centre of each pastry half.
  5. Roll the pastry over the filling to form a log and seal the edges.
  6. Cut each log into bite-sized pieces.
  7. Place on a baking tray, brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with sesame seeds if using.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

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