Recipe Swap Blog Party – Apple-Hazelnut Croquant Cookies

Antonia is a 22-year old nutrition student currently doing an internship in Munich. She started her blog as a creative outlet where she could share her favorite recipes with her family and friends while studying in England. She shares recipes for everything from traditional Austrian dishes which she learned to cook from her grandparents and mother to everyday favorites. In addition to posting recipes she shares snippets from her daily life, documenting the food she eats along the way.

Apple-Hazelnut Croquant Cookies

by Antonia @ Health Inspirations on October 20, 2012.

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It’s officially fall which means two things. 1. I can wear my super-comfy and extremely warm Ugg boots without being stared at like I’m a crazy person. 2. It’s time to eat pumpkins, butternut squash, nuts and lots and lots of apples and incorporate them in as many meals as possible. I personally love the simplicity of slicing up an apple and eating it with some peanut butter as an afternoon snack, but what I love even more is when I can consume an apple in form of a cookie.

Apple-Hazelnut Croquant Cookies

I made these cookies for my fellow interns at work. I had a short presentation last week and thought it might be nice to bring along a “thank you for listening treat”. My go-to recipe would normally be a cake or cupcakes but both of those options seemed like too much work. Cookies are easily made, perfectly delicious and will always be a crowd pleaser…especially when they include crunchy hazelnut croquant.

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I’m no cookie expert, but judging from the mmmmhs I heard in the office I think it’s safe to say that they tasted good! In case you are interested in more cookie recipes check out my pinterest cookie jar!

Apple-Hazelnut Croquant Cookies

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makes 25 – 30 medium sized cookies

Ingredients:

  • 240g butter, at room temperature
  • 375g brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 tbsp. cinnamon {the more, the better}
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 medium-sized apples
  • 115g hazelnut croquant {hazelnut brittle}

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  2. Grate two apples and transfer to several paper towels stacked over one another. Squeeze out as much juice as possible. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the whole egg and vanilla and continue to stir until everything is combined.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon to the butter-sugar mixture.
  5. Next, add the grated apple and hazelnut croquant. Stir until the apples are well incorporated then form small balls and lay them onto a lined baking sheet. Be sure to leave enough space between the cookies.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes and enjoy!

Have a lovely Saturday!

 Thank you Antonia @ Health Inspirations

for your generous contributions!

Enjoy!
♥ ♥

Recipe Swap Blog Party – Austrian Apple Strudel

Antonia is a 22-year old nutrition student currently doing an internship in Munich. She started her blog as a creative outlet where she could share her favorite recipes with her family and friends while studying in England. She shares recipes for everything from traditional Austrian dishes which she learned to cook from her grandparents and mother to everyday favorites. In addition to posting recipes she shares snippets from her daily life, documenting the food she eats along the way.

My Favorite Things…

by Antonia @ Health Inspirations on October 20, 2012.
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Remember, in “Sound of Music” when Maria sings about her “Favorite Things”…

I believe she mentions crisp apple strudels and schnitzel with noodles. Well, I’ve posted about Schnitzel before, which is without doubt the most popular Austrian food. However, before flying back to England on Monday, I thought I would complete the list of famous Austrian Eats and tell you all about the Viennese Apple Strudel (Apfelstrudel). I couldn’t agree more with Maria (Julie Andrews) in saying that it’s one of my favorite things…

At home we serve Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce and a dollop of whipped cream. Traditionally, it is filled with raisins, nuts, breadcrumbs and of course a lot of apples.

Austrian Apple Strudel

recipe adapted from “Die gute Küche” – Plachutta & Wagner

For the dough you will need:

  • 200g flour
  • 1/8 l lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. oil
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • butter, melted

For the filling you will need:

  • 3/4kg – 1 kg apples, peeled
  • 30 g butter
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup nuts, chopped
  • 50g sugar
  • optional: 60 g raisins
  • cinnamon
  • 1 egg or melted butter

Start by making the dough:

  1. Onto a clean kitchen surface measure out the flour.
  2. Onto the flour add the salt, oil and egg and using a fork mix everything together to form a ball of dough.
  3. Roll out the dough (as thin as possible) and sprinkle it with the oil.
  4. Let the dough rest (under a cover) for 30 minutes.
  5. Then add a little flour to the dough and roll it out evenly. Add a little butter and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Before adding the filling carefully lift the rolled out dough onto a baking tray.

Now make the filling:

  1. Cut the apples into thin slices and put them into a large bowl. Add the sugar, nuts, cinnamon and if desired the raisins.
  2. In a small skillet, melt the butter and add the breadcrumbs. Wait until golden brown. Don’t forget to stir!

Now you are ready to combine everything:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Onto the rolled out dough add the breadcrumbs. Then add the apples on top of that.
  3. Carefully roll the dough together and close the ends by rolling them up.
  4. Coat with a thin layer of butter or with an scrambled up egg.
  5. Put the strudel into the preheated oven let it bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Serve with a sprinkle of sugar and a side of whipped cream.

Thank you Antonia @ Health Inspirations
for your generous contributions!
Enjoy!
♥ ♥