Monday, September 29, 2008

Apple Pastry Squares

Contributed by Aunt Janice

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
5 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold shortening
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For filling, combine sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan.
Mix until well blended.
Add apples; heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat.
Stir in spices and lemon juices; set aside.
For pastry, combine flour and salt.
Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly.
Combine egg yolks, water and lemon juice; blend into flour.
Mixture will form a ball. Divide in half.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough between two pieces of waxed paper to fit the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
Spread filling over pastry.
Roll remaining pastry to fit pan exactly; place on top of filling.
Fold bottom pastry over top and press to seal.
Cut a few small slits in top crust.
Bake at 400° for about 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
For glaze, combine all ingredients and drizzle over the warm pastry.
Yield: 24 servings.

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