Saturday, February 26, 2011

Apple Pie Pockets & the Tastes of Childhood

Apple Pie Pockets
The taste of foods from my childhood bring me zooming back to being a kid again, a time machine, if you will, to a place less burdened by adult responsibilities, chores, and bills. I like to go back to those foods and try to recreate them. If they were store-bought, I like to try creating homemade versions. It's one of my little adventures with food.

About a year ago, I had a craving for a yummy dessert-type treat. With apples sitting on my counter, I started thinking about those apple pie pockets I used to love as a child. There were two kinds: one was a half-moon shape (Hostess, I think) and the other had two squares and were covered in a yummy glaze (Drakes). The filling was "apple"...though the contents were so jellied and gooey, I am not sure how long ago it was an actual apple, if ever. Even so, they were delicious (and what did we know in the 80's anyway?). Figuring they were little apple pies, I went to work.

Basic ingredients you will need:
  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Pie Crust
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
First, the crust - make your own if you have time or in a pinch, you can always use store-bought. If I am making one, I normally do a quick search on a reliable recipe site like Epicurious and use what I find there. Dough for a 9" pie crust will make 4-6 pockets.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4" thickness. I cut mine into rectangles - about 3" wide by 8" long, but you could do larger or circles to make the half-moon.
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Peel and dice your apples. Toss them in a large bowl with some cinnamon and sugar. I mix cinnamon sugar separately to taste and then just evenly coat the apples.

Cut up your butter into small pieces (easier to do right out of the fridge before it gets too soft).

Take a scoop of apples and place it on the bottom half of the dough. Add a couple of dots of butter on top of the apples.
Apple Pie Pockets

To seal the pockets, dip your finger in water and run it around the outside edge of the dough. Gently, fold the top over the apples, stretching it just slightly if you need to, and press the edges where the dough meets with a fork. Make a few slashes across the top to vent the pocket while baking.
Apple Pie Pockets

Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
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While the pockets are baking, mix together the powdered sugar (about 1/2 cup) with some milk (start with a small amount - about a tablespoon), a dash of cinnamon, and a small splash of vanilla (very technical measurements, I know). Mix together to a creamy, paste-like consistency. It shouldn't be too runny.

When the pockets are done, remove from the over and let cool for about 5 minutes. The drizzle the glaze over the pockets until coated.
Apple Pie Pockets

Eat!!! Enjoy!!!
Apple Pie Pockets

Food Musings and Adventures of a Redhead - the renaming of the blog

I started this blog a few years ago. I realized I kept finding little shortcuts in life that I thought would be worth sharing. It became apparent quickly that I was not an endless supply of tips and tricks! I started thinking about those things in life that are constant, always evolving, and that I feel like I will always have something to say about. One of the ever-present things in my life (and all our lives) is food. Between the magazines, cookbook collection, websites, and other assorted food-related information, I am constantly reading, learning, cooking, and trying new recipes. Of all the things I talk about, food is at the top of the list.

After thinking this over (while a batch of rolls was rising in the kitchen with that smell of dough in the air), I made a decision: just turn this into a food blog. Gone is the Tips and Tricks title, replaced by Food Musings and Adventures of a Redhead. The old posts are still there (I still like those tips and some of them are food related!).

Full disclosure: I don't really write my own recipes. I tend to use recipes others have already come up with, sometimes following exactly, sometimes substituting. This will probably be the way this blog goes. If I ever use a recipe from somewhere else, I will make sure to provide the source and proper credit. I'll let you know what was good, bad, easy, or hard about a recipe and let you know of any ideas I might have about alterations (and if they failed miserably or not). I will do my best to include photos when I can. I will post about recipes- making them, finding them, my favorites, and other times I may just decide to talk about food - a specific food, where to buy food, buying responsibly (organic, local, etc.), among other food musings. And who knows...maybe a random tip now and again just to spice things up.

I hope you enjoy the musings and adventures.