You’ve heard the expression “As American as Apple Pie,” so why not celebrate this President’s Day by baking All-American Raisin Apple Tartlets featuring apples, raisins and cheese between flaky phyllo layers. And if you really want to show your pie-triotism, enter your original recipe into the 2010 American Pie Council’s Crisco® National Pie Championships! Both amateur and commercial pie enthusiasts are encouraged to enter into a variety of flavor categories including the third annual California Raisin category. Visit www.piecouncil.org for details, prizes and entry form. And for raisin pie inspiration, visit www.LoveYourrRaisins.com.
All-American Raisin Apple Tartlets
2 tbsp. heart-healthy buttery spread
4 medium green apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c. California raisins
18 sheets pyllo dough
Butter-flavor cooking spray
9 tbsp. shredded low-fat sharp Cheddar
Preheat oven to 375°F; spray 12 muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Melt buttery spread in large skillet over medium heat. Add apples and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon; cook for 1 minute more. Stir in raisins and set aside.
Meanwhile, remove phyllo from package and cover with damp towel. Separate and arrange a single sheet on flat surface or cutting board; spray with cooking spray. Repeat with 4 more sheets; sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cheese. Arrange another sheet on top and press firmly together. Assemble 2 more stacks. Cut each stack in half crosswise to make 6 pieces; then, cut each piece lengthwise into 6 strips for a total of 36 strips. Center and press 3 strips into each tin, letting the dough extend over the top by about 1/2-inch. Divide and spoon fruit mixture in centers. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned; then, tent loosely with foil and bake for 10 minutes more, until done.
Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories 190 (19% from fat); Total Fat 4g (sat 1g, mono 2g, poly 1g); Cholesterol 0mg; Protein 4g; Carbohydrates 35g; Fiber 2g; Iron 1mg; Sodium 200mg; Calcium 57mg