Friday, November 13, 2015

Delightful Citrus Apple Bundles!

And so it begins.....the "most wonderful time of the year"! The key is keeping things simple enough so that you can enjoy all the "goings-on" as well!! I have a tendency to get myself in over my head with complex recipes or projects or party plans. However I'm SLOWLY learning to KISS (keep it simple, silly! - I know- it's usually "keep it simple, stupid", but my grandson says I'm not allowed to use  that s-word, which is good!) . That's why I adore the EZ DOH basic recipe ("Stand-By Bread" on our blog). It's sooooo easy and it's sooooo versatile! It can go from plain to fancy.  For instance, I came home last night desperately tired from setting up "the Gingerbread House" for our town park's Christmas display. But I also desperately wanted some pita bread. Figuring I had 5 minutes of standing time left in me, I whipped up some dough, let it rise briefly, then rolled out a little disc of dough and slapped it in a greased skillet. Viola! I had a delicious, warm flat bread!

Today's recipe is also made from the basic dough , but it's on the fancier side. It's perfect for a beautiful, easy-to-fix dessert or treat. This can be a "make-ahead", too......Just make all the little apple bundles, place them in the greased pan, cover and place in the frig until you're ready to bake them. Proceed with the remainder of the recipe and you'll have a delicious, warm, homemade treat! 

Delightful Citrus Apple Bundles!

1 – Recipe EZ DOH “stand-by” bread (on the back of the EZ DOH bucket or see our blog “Stand By Bread”
2 Lg. Apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
1 medium orange
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
½ Cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Prepare bread dough per the recipe, through the first rise. Cut apple slices in half crosswise. Roll out dough to a large rectangle. Cut strips of dough, width-wise. Place  2-3 apple “half-slices”  at the end of one strip of dough and roll up the slices (apple slice ends may be showing). Arrange the bundles in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Continue until all the dough and apples are used up. Zest the orange, then juice the orange.  Pour 1/3 cup of the orange juice in the pan, AROUND- NOT OVER the bundles. Brush the bundles with melted butter. Stir together the sugar, 1 tsp. orange zest and the cinnamon together. Sprinkle the mixture over the bundles. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, until golden.
NOTES: You can make “mini bundles” by cutting the apple slices in thirds rather than in half and using thinner strips of dough. The pic I show is of “mini bundles” 


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