Hummus and Apples
Can you believe I have been posting about apples for more than two weeks? I never imagined when I started this apple frenzy series that I would be going on this long, and I’m not done yet! I still have half a drawer of apples in the fridge. Production has slowed down a little, but I sure was glad that this week’s FFwD recipe was an apple dessert. I was beginning to run out of ideas.
Anyway, the husband is on a kind of vegan diet this week (don’t ask) and he’s also been avoiding sugar. The last time he did this, I was sneaking to the donut shop when he wasn’t with me because I was Starving! Well, this time, unfortunately for him, I’ve decided to be a little less supportive and just carry on as usual. This recipe, Crispy Crackly Apple Almond Tart, is not so bad, really. There’s only one egg and a little bit of cream and butter. Nutty fats are good, right?
Diet or no diet, I was determined to bake this in time to post, and I figured I could just make it again for him later when he’s off this diet. The almond cream was super easy; just whisk it all together.
The package of phyllo I bought came with sheets that were about twice as big as I needed, so I had to cut them in half. This recipe takes a gentle hand, but it’s rather easy to put together. Except for the part where I had to fan the apples. My apples didn’t fan out so well. I think they may have been too crunchy or too big or something. Maybe I just need more practice. After a little bit of maneuvering and grumbling, I finally got them into an arrangement that I was more or less happy with.
I baked it for an extra 15 minutes or so to make sure my super crunchy apples got soft enough and that turned out to be good. After a generous brushing with some apple jelly I made last year, it looked beautiful!
The husband broke his diet and ate a piece, of course. The boys loved the phyllo. One of them kept saying that it was just like paper!
The husband mentioned that he was missing the butter from the puff pastry that I would normally make something like this with. I gave him a look and reminded him he was on a diet! Seriously, the phyllo does give this dessert a nice, light sort of feeling when you are eating it, but I was surprised at how full I felt after I was done eating.
Maybe I was full because of all the hummus I ate before dinner. I finally made it yesterday to catch up and to give the husband a snack that he could eat without breaking the diet too much. This was another easy one; just dump in the food processor and whirr away!
Of course, I had to add some olive oil on top.
I also added extra lemon juice. One of my boys liked it and the husband liked it as well. Me, I felt meh about it. I like the smoothness of the Sabra brand hummus and if I couldn’t have that texture, then I wanted the hummus of my memory from the time I spent in the Middle East. No hummus I have ever had since has tasted as good to me and probably never will until I return. That’s the way it is with memories. Ah well, that’s what happens when you travel.
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