Apple Strudel Purses in Macadamia Nut Sauce

Serves 10
Level of difficulty: medium

Ingredients:

15 sheets phyllo pastry (10 whole sheets, 10 half sheets)
7 - 8 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup sugar
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup melted butter

Sauce:

1 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped and lightly roasted
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice + 1 tsp lemon zest

Cooking Instructions:
Toss the apple slices in a bowl with sugar, spices and cornstarch. Let stand 15 minutes.

Melt butter. Brush ┬Ż sheet of phyllo pastry lightly with butter, then fold it in half. Place it in the center of the whole sheet. Add 1/10 th of the apples. Pull up the four corners of the whole sheet of pastry and twist it one full turn. Place on a baking sheet, it should resemble a flower. Brush the top with melted butter. Repeat with the rest of the pastry and apples.

Bake at 375 F. Until golden brown and the apples are tender.

Chef's Note: If the apples are not done when the pastry is brown, loosely cover with foil.

Sauce:

In a small saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar and allow it to lightly caramelize. Add the nuts, lemon juice and zest. Serve warm over dessert.


Complementary Wines: Gew├╝rztraminer Late Harvest, Icewine, Riesling: Beerenauslese

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