OK, so these aren’t “traditional” samosas. But we used to make these little fellas or something like them at the restaurant for our New Year’s Eve dinner and they were a great hit. They are a delicious dessert or a great addition to New Year’s Day breakfast. And they can be made ahead of time and baked up fresh when you are ready to serve them.
Ingredients to make approximately 20 – 24 samosas
3 large apples diced small (I left the skins on and they were delicious)
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup of dried cranberries
¼ cup pecan pieces
2 teaspoons Tipu’s Chai Now – “The Simple Life” black chai tea
2-3 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon cornstarch
About 6 ounces Neufchatel Cheese cubed in 1 inch pieces
Frozen Phyllo sheets (thaw to room temp before using)
4 ounces melted butter
Mix the first 6 ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat.
Heat, stirring regularly until the apples begin to soften. Add cornstarch and continue stirring until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat and cool.
Cube the Neufchatel Cheese and set in freezer to chill slightly.
When apples are cool and cheese is firm, unroll the phyllo sheets gently. Don’t worry if they crack slightly but keep as intact as possible. With a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of melted butter on half of the sheet on top of the pile. Fold the other half of the sheet over the buttered half. Lightly brush the top of the half sheet with butter.
Place one cube of cheese on the right side of the folded sheet and put a rounded tablespoon of the apple mixture on top of the cheese. Fold the top right corner of the folded sheet down over the filling as if you were folding a flag. Tuck the lower edge around the filling to keep it from falling out as you fold the little pocket up into a triangle. (see photos) Continue folding the triangle up gently to prevent the phyllo from cracking. You should end with a perfect triangle. If there is a little left, just tuck it around the end. Place it on a lightly buttered cookie sheet and brush the top with butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
These are great with vanilla ice cream or you can mix a little confectioners sugar with water and drizzle over the top and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
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