Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Mini Apple Strudels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 cup diced Gala apples
1/2 cup thawed apple juice concentrate, undiluted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
2 ounces (1/4 cup) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 large egg

12 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
Cooking spray
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine apples, concentrate, cinnamon and nutmeg in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Beat sugar and cream cheese until well blended. Beat in egg. Mix in apple mixture and set aside.

Have a blue-eyed cutey help grind your graham cracker seems to make these pastries even sweeter. Unroll phyllo dough and place one sheet on counter. Cover remaining dough with towel to avoid drying. Spray single sheet of phyllo with cooking spray, then sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs and sugar.

Place another sheet of phyllo on top of crumbs/sugar layer. Continue process until three sheets of phyllo have been sprayed and sprinkled. Use a large, sharp knife to cut phyllo lenthwise in 2 inch sections.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Place 1 1/2 teaspoons of apple mixture near the end of each phyllo strip.

Roll phyllo strip around apple mixture and place seamside down on baking sheet.

Continue preparing phyllo layers and rolling pastries until all apple mixture is used. Save phyllo dough in an airtight bag in refrigerator for next time.
Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Enjoy these treats guilt free, only 81 calories or 2 Weight Watcher points!

***On a side note, Josh made this incredible dinner while I was baking the strudels.