Recipes to Sweeten Up Your Holiday Spread

Posted by Lucy Damkoehler, Bon Appetit Management Company on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 4:27 PM PDT

3 apple fritters on a plate

Apple Fritters
Lucy Damkoehler, Bon Appetit Management Company

Sick of boring old apple pie for the holidays? Change up your tradition by frying up these apple packed fried goodness! Start your holiday morning off right with a plate full of these with your favorite cup o’joe or finish your meal, pairing these with a chilled glass of Beaumes De Venise wine.

 

Makes 32 fritters
1 ½ cup bread flour, plus 3 cups to flour work surface
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
2 ¼ teaspoons or 1 packet active dry yeast
4 whole eggs
8 oz or 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
2 large apples
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
8 cups vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

  • Mix together in a medium-size bowl with a wooden spoon 1 ½ cups bread flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, yeast and eggs until all the flour is mixed in.
  • Flour your work surface using the extra 3 cups of flour, ½ cup at a time.
  • Pour the dough on to the floured surface, dust the top with another ½ cup flour and begin to knead.
  • The dough is going to be very sticky. Knead it until all the flour on the surface is gone, then add another ½ cup, until you have used 2 cups. Your dough will still be sticky, but workable.
  • Now take the diced butter and put it into the middle of the dough, and begin kneading again. Continue to add flour as you need it, kneading until all the pieces of butter are gone.
  • Form into a ball. Put the dough into a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours and up to 3 days.
  • Mix together ½ cup sugar, 1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • Peel and core 2 large apples, and cut into ¼ inch pieces, then into thirds.
  • Take your dough that has rested out of the refrigerator, place on a well-floured surface and roll out to ½ inch thickness.
  • Place the slices of apples in the center of the dough and fold the sides of the dough over the apples.
  • Take a dough cutter and start to chop up the dough into many pieces, folding it over on its self and chopping more.
  • Chop the dough until it forms back into a ball.
  • Pat the dough into a ½ inch thick square. Cut into 32 pieces, and place on a baking sheet.
  • Store the baking sheet in a warm area and let the fritters rise for 20 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oil in a Dutch oven or a deep wok to 325 degrees F.
  • Carefully drop 6 to 8 fritters at a time into the hot oil.
  • Fry until each side is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Take the fritters out of the oil and place on a paper towel, then toss in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm or room temperature.

Enjoy!

Baked apple tart with edges folded over.
This picture is the same recipe, just made in a free form pie (galette)

Toffee Apple Pie
Lucy Damkoehler, Bon Appetit Management Company

Spike your traditional apple pie with some sweet sticky bourbon toffee sauce, to help keep the FUN at the adult table!

 

 

Makes one 9 inch double crust pie
Ingredients for the pie crust:
2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
10 oz or 2 ½ sticks cold butter, unsalted, diced
3-4 oz ice water

Ingredients for the filling:
3 lb baking apples, peeled and ¼ inch thick slices
4 oz or 1 stick butter, unsalted
1 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons vanilla paste
2 oz bourbon
¼ cup flour
1 egg, for egg wash
Sugar for topping the pie

Directions for the pie crust:
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, mix together the flour, sugar, salt and butter until the butter is pea size. Add the water, starting with 3 oz. Add more as needed. Mix just until the dough forms a ball. Divide the dough into 2 balls. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes up to 24 hours. Roll each ball into a 10-inch circle, place one in the bottom of a pie dish and brush the edges with egg wash. Set the other circle aside to top with.

Directions for the pie filling:
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Using a stainless steel pot, add the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and bourbon together. Stirring often, cook it until it begins to get thick- about 3-5 minutes. Place the peeled and sliced apples into a casserole dish. Pour the toffee over the apples, add the flour and mix. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the apples have begun to get soft. Let cool. Once the filling is cool, pour into the prepared pie shell. Top the pie and brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 40-50 minutes- until crust is golden brown and the fruit begins to bubble.


Enjoy!