Last night, I was looking through some old Southern Living Christmas cookbooks that Landon's mom had given me a couple weeks back. I hadn't had the chance to cook anything from them yet, so I wanted to find a recipe I could make with the stuff we already had in our kitchen (because no one likes going to Wal-mart at 8 o'clock at night for one stick of butter). We had a half peck of apples still left from our trip to the apple orchard, so I decided I wanted to use those. The winner? Apple Danish. (Don't be put off by all the steps...it's actually really easy to make.) Thank you, Christmas with Southern Living, 1986!
Pastry (recipe below)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 cups peeled and thinly sliced apple
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon water
Glaze recipe (below)
Divide pastry in half; roll out one half on waxed paper into a 15- x10-inch rectangle (pastry will be thin). Invert pastry into a buttered cookie sheet and peel away waxed paper.
Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add apples. tossing well; spoon onto prepared pastry.
Roll out remaining pastry on waxed paper into a 15- x 10-inch rectangle; invert pastry over filling, and peel away waxed paper. Make slits in several places to allow steam to escape. Seal and flute edges.
Combine egg white and water; beat well and brush over pastry. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Drizzle glaze over pastry while warm. Cut into bars. Yield: 15 to 18 servings (until you have a greedy customer like Landon!)
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups shortening (or substitute butter or margarine at a 1:1 substitution)
2 egg yolks
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add egg yolks and sprinkle milk over surface; stir with a fork (or your hands!) until the ingredients are moistened. Shape in a ball; chill. Will provide enough pastry for this danish.
1 cup sifted powered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients, stirring well. Yield: about one half cup.