I love pie any way I can get it, and finding it outside of the dessert context is always a fun surprise. I’m turning one of my favorites, apple pie, inside out, by serving the filling as a dip, and making cinnamon sugar puff pastry spirals. It’s crunchy and slightly sweet, without being too heavy, making it the perfect Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving appetizer. I lightened-up the recipe further by switching out regular sugar for Truvia Baking Blend, keeping that same sweet sugar flavor, but with less calories. I love Truvia Baking Blend because it browns and cooks like regular sugar, so you’re able to incorporate it into your favorite baking recipes. This recipe is also perfect with your other favorite pie fillings, like pumpkin or lemon meringue. What twists on your favorite Thanksgiving classics will you be doing this year?
APPLE PIE DIP
4 to 6 pink lady apples (granny smith or your favorite baking apple is fine), peeled, cored and cut into thin strips
juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons Truvia Baking Blend (or 1/3 cup sugar)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
chopped almonds, for garnish
As you peel and dice the apples, sprinkle with lemon juice and mix frequently to prevent browning, or toss in iced water with some lemon juice. Place the apples into a large pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Add Truvia Baking Blend, 1 cup water, butter and salt. Cook until the moisture evaporates and consistency of the remaining fruit is thicker than preserves, 30 to 35 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning on the bottom. Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with almonds and serve with cinnamon sugar spirals.
CINNAMON SUGAR SPIRALS
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, 1/2 (17.3-ounce) package
flour, for rolling pastry
1 teaspoon Truvia Baking Blend
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature covered by a clean kitchen cloth, about 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, gently unfold the pastry.
Sprinkle the pastry lightly with flour and using a rolling pin, roll into a 14 by 10-inch rectangle. Cut in 1/2 lengthwise to form 2 (7 by 10-inch) rectangles. Sprinkle with Truvia Baking Blend and cinnamon. One at a time, grab the ends of each strip and twist in opposite directions to form a spiral. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheets until cool enough to handle. Serve either warm or at room temperature.