Picture the Pillsbury Dough Boy hooking up with the Queen of Semi-homemade. Yup, Sandra Lee. I guess lately she’s been a bit busy campaigning for Andrew Cuomo, so imma gonna pick up her slack. Today we are featuring some vibrant fall flavors-Apple Butter, Dulce de Leche, and toasted Pecans. Curious? OK, I know you are saying Dulce De Leche? Mexican Caramel? No habla season? Isn’t caramel good anytime? To that question we reply…Oh heck yeah. Nuff said. The nice thing about making this caramel treat is the simplicity of making it. I’ll show you how in a moment…
Now on to the Dessert d’ Resistance. You’ll need:
1 tube of Pillsbury flaky crescent roll dough
1 jar Apple Butter
1 can Borden’s sweetened condensed milk*
1 handful chopped pecans.
Say Jim, I have all this stuff gathered. Now what do I do now?
Put pecans in skillet and toast on medium high until brown and crunchy, be careful not to burn. Should only be a few minutes. Set aside to cool and just tempt you.
*Now how do I turn sweetened condensed milk to dulce de leche? This trick is amazing, and nobody needs to know how easy this is. Get a quart pot of boiling water and just drop the unopened can into it for two hours. From time to time, you’ll have to check the pot and add water to fill above the line of the can. After 2 hours, it turns into a rich creamy caramel your guests will love. If you are interested, you can put three cans of condensed milk into a one quart pot, so you can triple the caramel shenanigans.
Now that you have dulce de leche, you can get this show going.
Open can of crescent roll dough, lay pieces out on work table. Spread an ample amount of apple butter on the triangle pieces of crescent roll dough using a spoon. Roll dough triangle from the large end to the smallest part of the triangle. repeat until they are all rolled up and place on cookie sheet. Follow recipe directions for the crescent roll dough to bake. Pull the apple butter crescent rolls out when recommended or when they are golden brown. You might need to bake a bit longer than specified, since there is a filling in them. Place on rack to quasi cool.
To serve place apple butter crescent roll on a small plate. open a can of your homemade dulce de leche and drizzle on top of crescent roll. Drizzle fancy lines or just pour to cover like the mad caramel fool you know you are. Garnish with those toasted pecan pieces.
If you have made up some dulce de leche in advance, this recipe can be cranked out in minutes. Good holiday thingy to have in mind for impromptu gatherings.
Now of course you can modify this recipe. Perhaps try some cherry conserve, or pumpkin butter from House of Webster. If you do use pumpkin or sweet potato butter, try topping the crescent rolls with Nutella. You could even garnish with candied bacon pieces. Sin to win.
No I’m not going to show you the dollar store crafty tablescape. Consider yourself spared.