This week was one for the books, it was one of those anything that could happen did happen weeks, with things you hadn’t even considered thrown in for good measure! I feel like I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, complaining about things that I really have no control over, which is about the same as complaining about the weather…….oh yeah, I do that too……sigh.
It’s times like these I like to think back to what my Karate instructor Kwan Jang Nim Giacobbe told me one day, “every morning you draw breath into your lungs is a good day” , So on a positive note I’m still breathing! We use to call Master Giacobbe (only to our selves of course) Obi Wan Giacobbe, he would have been an outstanding Jedi Master, and there were times he was our only hope. To quote Dickens “They were the best of times, They were the worst of times…….it seems like so long ago.
But, alas I digress, sigh…….you’re here because it’s Guest Post Friday, my favorite day of the week because I get to share the stage at ACJ with a friend. When you stop and think about it what could be better than sharing good times with a friend, Fridays are definitely ”The Best of times”!
Today my friends were going International as I bring you Sofie, The German Foodie. When you stop Sofie’s Blog you’ll here her talk about “The Old Country”, and just to keep things straight, she’s talking about Germany, not Busch Gardens! Sofie will amaze you with her traditional German fare, but she does take an occasional stroll outside of the borders for a taste of other countries. But no matter what Sofie Makes, she makes it extremely well, from Bangers and mashed to German Jelly doughnuts, you’ll see it all, and just to tempt you even more, she take glorious images of all her creations….just what you need when you’re already hungry!
So lets get this show on the road, because you’re in for a treat, as I give you, Sofie…..
I am an expat German living in Northeast Ohio, and blogging mostly about authentic German food and my own original recipes inspired by German food. Having grown up in the border region with France in a very cosmopolitan city, even for its size, I am also drawn to all sorts of ethnic recipes.
I have been baking ever since I could hold a spoon, and it is my great passion in life. I have somehow always baked. I love to explore and experiment, to create and yes, eat what I have created. I am not just a consummate baker, I like to cook as well, especially seasonally.
Apple Pockets (Apfeltaschen)
First off, a big thank you to Chef Dennis for asking me to guest post for him – it is a great honor and pleasure to write a post for somebody whose blog I follow and admire. But without further ado, let’s talk about… apples.
Apples are among the most versatile fruit I know. I just love apples. LOVE apples. Pies, tortes, apple sauce, apple pancakes… the list goes on and on. They have just enough sweetness to not require very much more sugar, and their tartness (provided you use a baking apple) single-handedly enhances any pastry they are added to.
Apple pockets (Apfeltaschen) are consequently one of my favorite pastries, and the best thing is that they are a non-messy affair when you’re eating them, which makes them an ideal snack for kids, young and old. The first round of these mysteriously disappeared over the course of the evening, before I had a chance to even photograph a single one coming out of the oven, much less GLAZE them. (Can I just say, “TSOS” = “teenage son over shoulder”?) I normally put out little signs that say things like, “Please don’t eat.” all the way to “Eat this and be PUNISHED!”, but this time I neglected to do that and was promptly punished myself – with an empty plate.
There was nothing else left to do but to make another batch, but these are so easy and quick, it was not really that bad. The recipe came out of one of my favorite recipe books, “Backen Macht Freude” by Dr. Oetker (the US English edition is called “German Baking Today”). The recipes are easy to follow, accessible and accompanied by helpful photographs. The only substitution I made was to use craisins instead of the raisins that the recipe calls for, as nobody in my family really likes raisins that much.
- 200 (7 oz) ml milk
- 50 g (3.5 tbsp) butter
- 375 g (1⅔ cups) flour
- 20 g (1.5 tbsp) instant yeast
- 50 g sugar (3.5 tbsp)
- 10 ml (2 tsp) vanilla
- 1 egg, beaten
- 500 g (2¼ cups) apples (a good baking apple like McIntosh)
- 50 g (3.5 tbsp) raisins
- 40 g ( 3 tbsp)sugar
- 20 g (1.5 tbsp) butter
- milk (enough to brush pastries)
- sliced almonds (to sprinkle on top of pastries)
- 100 g (7 tbsp) powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 tablespoon* lemon juice
- 10 g ( ¾ tbsp) butter
- warm up the milk and melt the butter in it. Set aside and let cool to 140 F (60 C) or less.
- Mix the flour and yeast in the bowl of a mixer, slowly add the milk mixture and other ingredients and first mix with a paddle until the mass looks lumpy, then knead with a hook until they form a smooth dough.
- Place into a covered container and let rise until double.
- peel and core the apples and cut them in to small pieces.
- In a pot, sauté the apples with the other ingredients until the apple juices are drawn out. Let cool completely.
- Preheat your oven to 395 F (200 C).
- Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch (6 mm) and cut out circles of about 5 inch (12 cm).
- Roll out the individual circles a little thinner, brush the rims with milk and place a spoonful of the apple mixture in the middle.
- Fold in half and use a fork to seal them shut.
- Brush with milk and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
- Bake the pockets for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, place on a cooling rack.
- mix the lemon juice into the powdered sugar.
- Melt the butter and whisk into the mixture.
- Immediately glaze warm pockets with the mixture and let them cool completely.
Now that was one delicious guest post! I just wish I had a few of those Apfeltaschen to ease the hunger pangs in my stomach! Now before you forget, head on over to The German Foodie and say hi to Sofie, if you don’t already know her, your’e going to make a new friend today, and any day we can make a new friend is an extra special day! Just be sure to give yourself enough time to browse through her recipes, your’e going to see some dishes you may not have seen before……. just one word of caution, don’t go hungry!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and don’t forget the clocks go ahead an hour this Saturday night, as we enter Daylight Savings time, which means there will be more time to be outside to enjoy this spring weather(it was 70 in Philly today)!!
Till next time my friends, be well, be full and be happy!