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These are wonderful for the holidays! They're fun to make, something that the kids can help with, and they're so good! You don't need to wait for a holiday to make and enjoy them. I've made them a few times now, I took some to a Monday night football party and they were gone before I even got settled! The smell alone is enough to remind you of apples, spices, parties and people you're happy to be with. Enjoy! Note: Times vary, depending on if you are doing it alone or with help. I will "guestimate" for the sake of the computer. I add chopped walnuts to mine. You may try them or not, totally up to you.
- 3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and small dice
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄3 cup Bourbon
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 vanilla extract (good quality)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon candied ginger, diced
- 12 egg roll wraps (or lumpia wrappers)
- 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp. cold water
- 2⁄3 cup powdered sugar
- To prepare the filling, toss the apples with about 1 tablespoons of the sugar and set aside. Place the remaining sugar in a large saute pan over high heat and cook, without stirring, until the sugar starts to caramelize and turns golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the apples and toss to coat with the sugar.
- Remove the pan from the heat, add the bourbon, and then place it back over the heat. (The bourbon can flame up, so be so very careful.) Bring the bourbon to a boil, add the butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves, and cook over high heat until the apples are tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and let cool until tepid (lukewarm). Add the candied ginger and mix well.
- To prepare the eggrolls, place 1 eggroll wrapper(or use lumpia wrappers)on a flat surface, with a corner pointing toward you (as you look down on it, the wrapper should be a diamond shape). Place a heaping Tablespoon of the filling on the wrapper about 1/2-inch from the corner closest to you, and then fold the corner over the filling. Fold the side corners over the filling, then roll tehn roll to the opposite corner to form a cylinder. Brush the edge of the wrapper with the beaten egg to seal. Continue with the remaining wrappers and filling.
- Heat about 4 inches of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat until it reaches 350°F (You can check the temperature with a candy thermometer, or place a piece of bread in the oil; if it turns brown in about 40 seconds the oil should be at about 350°F.) Add as many eggrolls as will fit without overcrowding, and fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels, or on brown paper bags. Let cool for 3 to 4 minutes, then dust with powdered sugar. Continue with the remaining eggrolls. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.