Thursday, October 29, 2009

I Spy with My Little Eye - Apple Ricotta Cushions

The best thing about BakeSpace, is being exposed all sorts of people from all over the world, and the wonderful recipes that they cook. Such as my friend Dajana in Modena, Italy. These little pockets of apple goodness are positively divine. You can check out the recipe in it's original form here on BakeSpace under "Apple Filled Ricotta Cushions"... You can also check out her blog "Baker's Corner... Somewhere in My Kitchen", it's full of all sorts of delicious recipes.

These Apple Cushions were a perfect application for one of the 'Northern Spy' apples I had picked up at the Farmers Market. Ah yes, the Northern Spy (spie).... Yet another apple of New York State origin that has found a permanent home in the heart of the Pacific Northwest as well as the hearts of those that live here. Especially with it's propensity for ripening in late October and November, when most other apples are coming from cold storage already.

It's crisp, juicy and lightly sweet with a very aromatic tartness. I personally like the fact that the flesh tends to be harder, while the skin is very thin and easy to peel. This makes it great for most cooking applications where you want some integrity to the filling, like tarts and pies. It's sweeter than the Newtown Pippin, so you can use less sugar, which also makes me happy.

Apple Filled Ricotta Cushions

1 big apple; Diced
1 TB Lemon Juice (about 1/2 lemon squeezed)
Zest of 1/2 Lemon
1 TB Raw Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Mace

3.5 oz (100g) AP Flour
3.5 oz (100g) Spelt Flour
2.5 oz (70g) Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
a pinch of Kosher Salt
3.5 oz (100 g) Whole Milk Ricotta
4 TB Light Olive Oil
4 TB Whole Milk

Peel core and dice the apple.

Toss the apple with Lemon Juice then add zest, Raw Sugar, Cinnamon and Mace.

Cook the apple mixture in a sauce pan for about 7-8 minutes or until they just become soft, then remove from heat and leave to cool.

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Whisk both flours together with Sugar, Salt and Baking Powder.

In a separate bowl, stir the Ricotta, Olive Oil and Milk together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a fork or your hands...

until a soft dough forms.

Turn out onto a floured surface and roll into a square about 14x14.

Cut it into 12 squares.

Divide the apple filling between the squares.

Fold the squares, leaving the side opposite the fold open, and press the two side edges together before placing on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15 -20 minutes; then remove to a cooling rack.

Let them cool completely before sprinkling with Confectioners' sugar.

MMMMMMMM These are SO unbelievably mouthwateringly good, that you can't stop at just one, you may need to make a double batch. Thanks Dajana! This recipe Rocks!!



Dajana said...

Thank you, Shane.
They are one of my personally favourite apple recipes. Quick and easy to make, so delicious.
I love it that you used spelt flour, I'll have to try it next time. I just bought different kinds of flour and have been experimenting with bread and pie crusts.

Michele said...

Those are so freakin cute! I don't remember seeing Dajana make that!

Bob said...

Wow dude. Those look amazing. I think I remember Dajana making them and having a similar reaction, but that's not too surprising. Pastry and apple is one of my favorite combos.

Patti T. said...

Oh my gosh, they are so darn cute. They look delicious also. I just bought a big basket of apples at the orchards today, one of my favorite fruits.

chow and chatter said...

oh wow i love Dajanas blog you made this beautifully

chow and chatter said...

oh i love Dajana great job on these look amazing

Unknown said...

omg...i totally remember these!! weren't these one of (if not the) first food porn Dajana shared with us in the forum? mine flopped...(it was my dough disability). They look GREAT!! and i love the powder sugar addition :)

ancameni said...

Love your blog. Saw these cute little things and had to make them. I made them this afternoon and they do not looks as gorgeous as yours they did not look bad. They were so fast and easy to make.They are absolutely delicious too.
I wonder how a savory cushion would be......