1. In a frying-pan, add the butter and cook over medium heat. Add the apples, cook for a few minutes then add sugar. Cook until the apple is lightly wilted. Transfer to a plate to let it cool down. Once it has cooled, sprinkle cinnamon powder (optional) and mix. Set aside.
2. In a heat-safe bowl, add butter and microwave it for about 1 minute at 600w. In the melted butter add sugar and maple syrup. Mix until well combined. Set it aside.
3.Prepare the mold
Place parchment paper on the mold and set it aside.
4. Put one sheet of Filo on your work surface and brush it with the butter mix from #2. Then place it in the mold. Repeat with 2 more sheets.
5. After 3 sheets are in, add half of the apple filling. Brush a 4th sheet and place in on top, over the apple filling. Then add the remaining apple filling.
6. Brush a 5th sheet and place it on top. Fold the edges over the center. Fill the gap in the center with more brushed sheets.
7. Sprinkle the remaining butter mix and some sugar if you like.
8. Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 190℃. Transfer to a wire rack.
1. Add plain flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and hand whisk together to combine in your stand mixer bowl.
2. In a heat-safe bowl, add water and milk. Microwave for 15 sec at 600W. Add dry yeast and a dash of sugar (extra), mix. Let it sit for a few minutes.
3. In a mixing bowl, add the milk mixture (from #2), lard and the flour mixture (from #1). Mix at the lowest speed for 10 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured bowl, wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for about 1hr.
5.Meanwhile make the filling
In a small cooking pan, add apple, pear, lemon juice, sugar and butter. Mix well. Cook it over medium heat until the apple is wilted. Add maple syrup, corn starch (dissolved in 1/2 tbsp water) and let it thicken. Transfer into a dish tray and let it cool to room temperature.
6. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to a circle shape, divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, cover with a damp cloth and let them sit for 15min (bench time).
7. Take one ball at a time (cover the remaining ones with a damp cloth to keep them from drying). Roll out the dough ball using a rolling pin until it becomes 10cm in diameter. The center of the dough should be thicker than the edge.
8. Scoop 1/12 of filling and place it in the middle of the dough. Wrap and close the dough up to seal from the top. Place the bun seam side down on an individually cut baking paper and cover with a damp towel. Repeat and finish all the buns in this way.
9. Place the buns in your steamer. Leave some space between the buns. Steam for about 8 min. Turn the heat off and leave the lid closed another 1 min before lifting it.
10. Serve hot!
If you use a regular pot for steaming, then better wrap the lid with a kitchen cloth to prevent the condensation onto the buns.
1. *Make the tart* Process flour, almond powder, sugar, butter and egg yolk in a food processor for a few seconds until mixture becomes crumbly : do not process too much as the dough should be crumbly.
2. Transfer the dough onto a work surface. Gather it into a ball shape of dough with your hands. Gently flatten the ball into a disk shape and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30min.
3. *Roll the dough* Put a plastic wrap covering on your work surface, place the dough on it. Then cover with another piece of plastic wrap. Let it sit for a few min to soften slightly. Roll the dough out into a circle bigger than your tart mold. Take off from the bottom wrap and place gently into your tart mold (or ring). Using a sharp knife, trim the edges of the pastry to fit the tart pan. Take off the top wrap and prick bottom and side of tart thoroughly with a fork. Put it in the refrigerator or freezer until firm (about 30min).
4. *Almond filling* In a medium bowl, stir together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add beaten egg and mix. Finally add the almond flour and mix well until fluffy and thoroughly combined.
5. *Assemble* Spread the almond filling into the tart crust. Then arrange the pear slices and apple slices over the almond filling. Dot the top of the tart with tiny bits of butter, then sprinkle sugar as much as you want. Pre-heat the oven to 180℃.
6. Bake the tart for about 50~60min or until the top is nicely browned. Remove from the oven and let it to cool to room temperature.
1. *Make the puff pastry* Fit your food processor with the dough blade, add all the puff pastry ingredients and process until the flour clumps together in large pieces and comes together.
2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Make it into a rectangle shape and sprinkle cold unsalted butter (120g) onto the dough (see photo).
3. With the short border of the rectangle closest you, fold the dough into thirds: top and bottom edges to be folded in (see photo). The butter should be enclosed in the dough. Rotate 90 degrees, and roll it out again into a big rectangle with the rolling pin. Fold it again.
4. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for about 30 minutes or until firm.
5. Repeat steps #3 and #4 twice more. The dough should be smooth by now. Chill it in plastic again for 30 min.
6. *Make the filling* In a frying-pan, melt butter. Add sugar and apple cubes. Cook them on medium-low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes or until wilted. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Set aside.
7. *Assemble the cake* Divide the pastry dough in 2 parts, 1/3 and 2/3. Roll out the 2/3rd piece at once and cut into about 25cm circle. Place it on a baking sheet and prick the bottom of the pastry thoroughly with a fork.
8. Roll out the other remaining pastry and cut into strips. Brush the edges of the 25cm circle pastry with water (or beaten egg). Put the pastry strip all around the bottom of the cake to make the border.
9. Then spread the crumbled cookies evenly and spread the apple filling from #6 over the cookies.
10. Make a lattice with the remaining pastry strips over the cake and press gently down to seal well at each strip end. Pre-heat the oven to 200℃.
11. Brush the top of the cake with beaten egg.
12. Bake for 20min. Then lower the heat to 180℃ and bake for another 20min or until nicely browned on top and bottom.
13. Remove the cake from the oven and glaze with apricot jam.
Note : You can bake the remaining pastry into a mini-pie too.