Happy French Friday and if you are in France or the US, cheers to the long weekend! Yesterday I was doing my weekly clean out of my fridge (such thrilling stuff, I know!) and noticed I had way too many apples and for some reason several packages of phyllo pastry. Which means James is planning on making me samosas sometime soon, but 3 packages was still a bit much. So I decided to get a little creative and whip up my version of a French apple tart, samosa style. They ended up being so simple to make and really delicious, if I do say so myself.
These are perfect to have at tea time, dessert or if you roll like me, why not with ice cream for breakfast? So go ahead and treat yourself this weekend with my French Style Apple Samosas, enjoy!
Apple Samosa Tarts
prep time: 15 minutes
baking time: 15 - 20 minutes
makes: 8 samosas
2 apples (I used pink lady, but whatever you have on hand works)
1 package of phyllo pastry
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon spice mix (cloves, nutmeg, anise)
3 tablespoons water
1 vanilla seed pod, seeds scraped out
Little bowl of lukewarm water
2 egg yolks
1. Preheat oven to 390°F | 200°C. Peel and core apples and cut into small diced pieces.
Melt butter on stove top and add sugar, cinnamon, spices, vanilla seeds. Once melted add apple pieces and water. Cover and cook on medium heat for 7 minutes, or until apples are tender.
2. Unroll phyllo pastry and cut into 8 equal pieces. Starting with the first piece place about 2 tablespoons of apple mix on one bottom corner. With your fingers add a little lukewarm water to the edges of the phyllo. Take the corner where the apple mix is and fold up into a triangle shape to the opposite side. Add more water to the edges to stick the phyllo sides, if water does not stick try brushing with egg yolks instead. Continue folding into triangle shape about 4 times, until you are left with a little end. Brush end with egg yolk and tuck into the samosa wrap to seal the little package. Brush with egg yolk and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue this until you have made 8 samosa wraps.
3. Place in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, so they do not brown too quickly. Once cooked and golden brown, remove from oven and serve with ice cream, custard, whipped cream or whatever tickles your fancy.