Hungarian Apple Squares

What you Need :

  • For the Pastry:
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup butter (cold, cut into small pieces)
  • ¾ cup of butter flavored shortening
  • 4 egg yolks (save the egg whites)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1Tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 egg mixed with a little water and beaten with a fork for egg wash
  • For the filling:
  • 3lbs apple
  • ¾ cup sugar (can mix brown and white)
  • Cinnamon
  • Juice of a half lemon
  • 1Tbsp grated lemon peel
  • Plain bread crumbs

How to Make It :

Cut shortening into flour mixture (as if making pie dough) or rub together with hand until butter and shortening is worked into the flour. (Should be a crumb like mixture). Add egg yolks, sour cream and lemon peel. Work into a dough that is smooth and not too dry. You can add a little more sour cream if dough feels too dry. Dough may become too soft if worked too long. Divide the dough in half and make a flat thick circle with each, place on separate plates and refrigerate for at least an hour. Roll out one of the circles to fit a 10”x15”x1” baking pan. Dough should line the pan fully, even going up the sides. Arrange filling. Peel apples. Shred using a cheese shredder (large holes). Sprinkle with lemon juice to stop the apples turning brown. Let stand for at least 15 minutes. Sprinkle bottom layer of the rolled out pastry with plain breadcrumbs. Taking handful of the shredded apples squeeze out the juice then spread the apples over the bottom layer of the pastry. Sprinkle the sugar, lemon peels and some cinnamon evenly over the apples. Roll out the second pastry circle, place on top of the filling making sure the whole pan is covered. (Hint: when you rolled out the pastry – roll the pastry onto the rolling pin, transfer to the pan and unroll it from the rolling pin as you place it). Seal side by rolling folding bottom pastry over the top on the edges. Press tight with fingers. Brush egg wash on top to cover the whole sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and with optional chopped nuts. Pirce with fork on several places (to release steam as it bakes). Bake on 350*F for 35-45 minutes or until light golden brown.After baking let the pastry cool then slice into squares to serve. Enjoy!!

Recipe courtesy of: Nagymama Erzsebet (Grandma Elizabeth)

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