I was writing an e-mail this morning (entering a recipe contest) and our landline phone rang, so I got up to answer it in the other room. When I returned to the computer this is what I found on the screen:
And this is what was sitting on my computer chair:
Apparently Ziggy the kitty had been walking on the computer keyboard for the few seconds that I was out of the room. Little rascal!
I love to enter recipe contests. The Simply Wholesome Foods Applesauce contest recently caught my eye. Simply Wholesome is based in Russell, Massachusetts.
They sent me a case of the most delicious applesauce to use while I create recipes to submit to their contest. The case included unsweetened applesauce ~ made of local apples and lemon juice (which could pass for sweetened applesauce it is so delectable), touch of honey applesauce and touch of cinnamon applesauce. Their brand is still very young – they’ve only been producing applesauce for slightly more than one year – so their brand is evolving. The applesauce has a limited availability at this time and I will keep you posted as they expand their market presence.
Today I entered this yummy recipe in the contest. Very little effort needed to put together this flavorful fun appetizer:
Apple Honey Puffs
How we ladies say it in the South, “This is pure heaven in a biscuit!”
Makes 12 puffs
Preheat oven 400 degrees Fahrenheit
1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
Roll out puff pastry sheet on a cutting board. Using a 2 1/8 inch biscuit cutter cut pastry dough into 12 rounds.
Spray baking sheet lightly with vegetable oil spray.
Place puff pastry rounds on baking sheet. Poke a couple of holes in the rounds with a fork. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.
Remove puff pastry rounds from the oven and allow to cool.
Peel one half of a small Honey Crisp Apple.
Cut the apple half into 12 thin slices. Cut the slices to make 24 thin pieces.
¼ cup Honey Roasted Cashews, chopped fine
6 teaspoons Simply Wholesome Touch of Honey Applesauce
12 small slices ripe Brie Cheese
Ground Pink Peppercorns
Honey for drizzling
Separate tops and bottoms of the puff pastry puffs. Place brie cheese on bottom of each puff. Top the brie with ½ teaspoon applesauce on each puff, two thin apple pieces and 1 teaspoon honey roasted cashew pieces on each puff. Grind pink peppercorns over the cashew pieces. Drizzle with a little honey before putting the top back on the puff.
If nothing else please purchase a grinder jar of pink peppercorns. They have wonderful pepper flavor with a little punch (and they are pretty too!). I find myself grinding pink peppercorns on almost everything I cook these days. I found my pink peppercorn grinder at Earth Fare grocery and the grinders are also available on-line.
Apple Honey Puffs are a perfect accompaniment to champagne. We enjoyed a glass of Jean Vesselle Reserve with our puffs. 80% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay. Notes of peach, crisp apple and toast. Perfection! $40 range.
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