Recipe courtesy of Wayne Harley Brachman
Print
Total:
2 hr 17 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
2 min
Cook:
2 hr
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Varenike dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Egg wash (1 egg mixed with 2 tablespoons water)
The Filling:
  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1/4 cup apple juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
Butter Pecan Nic:
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed, light brown sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans

Directions

Varenike dough:

For the Dough: Put the flour in a mixing bowl, and make a well in the center. Mix in the rest of the ingredients to form a soft dough. Knead until elastic. Form into a disk and wrap with plastic. Refrigerate for 1 hour to relax.

The Filling:

For the Filling: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and core the apples. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Whisk together the cornstarch, rum, apple juice, and sugar. Mix in the apples and cherries. Put the mixture in a baking dish a cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, occasionally stirring until juicy, gooey, and just tender. Let cool.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Flour and roll the dough to 1/16 to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out 3-inch rounds. Paint with the egg wash. Drop 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each round. Fold over, then crimp with a fork, pressing closed from the outside-in. Cook in small batches until tender but nice and chewy (about 3 minutes).

Butter Pecan Nic:

For the Butter Pecan Nic: Split the vanilla bean lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds. Reserve all.

Put the seeds, pod halves, milk, cream and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a heavy-bottomed, medium saucepan. Bring to a scald over low heat.

In the meantime, put the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, egg yolks and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk just to blend.

While gently whisking the yolks, drizzle the hot cream mixture into them so that they are gradually warmed up. Return everything to the saucepan and cook while stirring with a wooden spoon. Make sure that you are constantly scraping the spoon across the bottom of the pan so the custard does not scorch. The custard is done when it has thickened slightly and can evenly coat the back of the spoon. Do not let it come to a boil.

Strain the custard through a fine sieve. Press out all the liquid in the vanilla beans and add to the custard. Nestle the container holding the custard into a large bowl of ice. Let cool, stirring occasionally. When chilled, sprinkle with pecans.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Steak Essentials 03:26

Everything you need to know to select and grill a perfect steak.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Apple and Cherry Tarts

Recipe courtesy of William Granger

Apple, Dried Cherry and Almond Loaf

Recipe courtesy of William Granger

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Chicken Apple Salad

Apple and Cherry Pie with Oatmeal Crumble Topping

Hot Smoked Salmon with Salad of Apples, Dried Cherries, Hazelnuts and Greens and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Cherry Bellinis

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Cherry Tart

Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder

Cherries Jubilee

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

On TV

Eat St.

9am | 8c

Eat St.

9:30am | 8:30c

Eat St.

10am | 9c

Eat St.

10:30am | 9:30c

Unique Eats

11am | 10c

Unique Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Unique Eats

12pm | 11c

Unique Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unique Eats

1pm | 12c

Unique Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Carnival Eats

8pm | 7c

Carnival Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Carnival Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12am | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1am | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here