May 8, 2013

D96: Making the Most of Your Jaffle Toaster Part 2: Apple Jaffles!

Mmmm, supper!
These ones are super duper easy and ding dong yum! (Apologies in advance for the povo photography.)

Apple Jaffles!

You need:
  • 1 good sized apple of any type; 
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry; 
  • cinnamon; 
  • a squeeze of lemon juice; 
  • sultanas if you like.
To make:
  1. Peel, cut and grate the apple.
  2. Add as much cinnamon as you like and the lemon juice.
  3. Prepare a sheet of puff pastry by cutting it into square quarters.  Cutting it into triangles - as described in step 3 of the French Toast how-to - would be fine too.  Create cutting lines by pressing the pastry onto sandwich maker before it's warmed - the pastry will melt very quickly upon contact with the hot surface, so no do-overs here.  
  4. Warm toasted sandwich maker and smear butter on the surfaces.
  5. Lay down the bases in the sandwich maker.
  6. Roughly divide your grated apple into four. Squeeze out the juice before you put it in each sandwich triangle.
  7. Sprinkle some sultanas over each sandwich triangle if you like.
  8. Lay over the other two squares. 
  9. Lower the top of the sandwich maker. (Consider putting some paper towel or some such underneath, to catch apple juice.)
  10. Do the dishes.
  11. Check on the jaffles.  Simply wait until they're as brown as you like, but make sure the pastry is cooked through on all edges.
  12. Prise out with a knife and present.  Some cream on the side would work.  Some folk might like to brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Wipe down the surfaces while they're still hot - much easier to get off the sticky apple juice.

This recipe doesn't really work with bread.  Maybe some croissant-like pastry-ish bread would do, but with regular bread it just soaks through.  I think I recall trying something like this with a shortcrust pastry and, in general, it worked but was very difficult to get out of the toaster - lots of breakage.

I think this would work okay in a flat sandwich press, or a rippled one, if the lid was not heavy and you sealed the edges of your sandwich before putting it in.  I don't think I'd recommend it though...

So I hope you're somewhere comfy, enjoying some steaming apple pockets, wondering what else you can do with your marvellous sandwich maker... :D

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