The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. According to legend, the symbol began with the sea captains of New England who would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their home to let the community know of their safe return home and to invite friends to visit and share their hospitality.
Likewise, we hope Pineapple Hill Designs boutique will make you feel “Welcome”! We know how important it is to find something special for that certain someone or just the right accessory to complete a room. We believe everyday is a day to celebrate, and we have just the thing to help you create something special out of the ordinary.
cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced cooking apples (2 1/4 lbs.)
cup granulated sugar
cup crushed cornflakes
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
egg white, beaten
Powdered Sugar Icing
Freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg (optional)
1.For pastry, in a large bowl, combine flour, the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and the salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea-size.
2.In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks and milk. Gradually stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture, tossing with a fork to moisten. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons water over the mixture, gently tossing until all of the mixture is moistened. Using your fingers, gently knead the pastry just until a ball forms. Divide pastry into 2 portions, making one portion slightly larger than the other. Wrap and chill until needed.
3.FFor filling, in an extra-large bowl, combine apples, the 1 cup granulated sugar, the cornflakes, cinnamon, and the 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Set aside.
4.Preheat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to pat the larger portion of pastry into the bottom of a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spoon filling evenly into pastry-lined pan.
5.Roll the remaining pastry between 2 pieces of waxed paper to a 15x10-inch rectangle. Carefully peel off top sheet of waxed paper. Invert pastry, pastry side down, over the apple layer. Carefully peel off waxed paper. Press edges the two rectangles together using wet fingers. Cut a few slits in the top pastry; brush lightly with egg white.
6.Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until pastry is golden, fruit is tender, and filling is bubbly. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
7.Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing and, if desired, sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Let stand until icing is set. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars
To Store: Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Powdered Sugar Icing: In a medium bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and enough milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) to make icing a drizzling consistency.
Pineapple Hill Designs began with a desire to find uncommon items with quality and style at reasonable prices. We have spent countless hours searching to find home accessories, jewelry, baby items and artwork to fill your home and give as gifts. I am a mom of 5 great kids and now a Nana. I am so excited about my new role and believe me, I understand your busy schedule!
I know how much thought and care you put into finding the perfect gift and I believe gift giving should be fun ~ not a chore. I hope you'll find that perfect gift for that certain someone, fun and unique things for the home and lots of simple luxuries to make every day just a little more special for yourself and those you love. ~