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Bake-Off® Contest 44, 2010
Westlake Village, California

Candied Bacon and Apple Canapés

A little time is all it takes to make these impressive appetizers, featuring easy "crackers" made from Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust and topped with cheese, apple and candied bacon.

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  • prep time 60 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 40
 

Ingredients

1
box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1
egg
1
tablespoon water
1
tablespoon sea salt
1/3
cup packed dark or light brown sugar
1/2
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
20
thin slices center-cut bacon (about 12 oz)
1/2
cup water
1
teaspoon granulated sugar
1
tablespoon lemon juice
2
small Granny Smith apples
4
oz cream cheese (half of 8-oz package), softened
1 1/4
cups crumbled blue cheese (6 oz)

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  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Line large cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Unroll pie crusts on work surface. Using 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter, cut 20 rounds from each crust, rerolling dough if necessary. Place on cookie sheet; prick each round twice with fork. In small bowl, beat egg and 1 tablespoon water until well blended; brush on rounds. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Cool while preparing bacon.
  • 2 Line 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking parchment paper. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and red pepper. Place bacon with sides touching in pan; sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until sugar is hot and bubbly. Remove bacon from pan to a plate; let stand 10 to 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Using sharp knife, cut each bacon slice into 4 pieces.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Cut each unpeeled apple into 20 (2x1/4-inch) slices; place in water mixture and refrigerate.
  • 4 In another small bowl, mix cream cheese and blue cheese with wooden spoon, leaving small pieces of blue cheese visible. Spoon mixture into pastry bag fitted with 3/4-inch tip; pipe onto each cracker. Drain apple slices; pat dry. For each cracker, place 1 apple slice between 2 bacon pieces; press at an angle into cheese mixture.
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Line large cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Unroll pie crusts on work surface. Using 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter, cut 20 rounds from each crust, rerolling dough if necessary. Place on cookie sheet; prick each round twice with fork. In small bowl, beat egg and 1 tablespoon water until well blended; brush on rounds. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Cool while preparing bacon.
  • 2 Line 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking parchment paper. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and red pepper. Place bacon with sides touching in pan; sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until sugar is hot and bubbly. Remove bacon from pan to a plate; let stand 10 to 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Using sharp knife, cut each bacon slice into 4 pieces.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Cut each unpeeled apple into 20 (2x1/4-inch) slices; place in water mixture and refrigerate.
  • 4 In another small bowl, mix cream cheese and blue cheese with wooden spoon, leaving small pieces of blue cheese visible. Spoon mixture into pastry bag fitted with 3/4-inch tip; pipe onto each cracker. Drain apple slices; pat dry. For each cracker, place 1 apple slice between 2 bacon pieces; press at an angle into cheese mixture.

EXPERT TIPS

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If a pastry bag is not available, use a 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, cutting a 3/4-inch tip from one corner.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Canapé
Calories
90
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
370mg
370%;
Total Carbohydrate
8g
8%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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