If you are looking for a really complicated dessert that requires a bunch of ingredients that leaves you disappointed after a ton of work…this is not the post for you. If you are looking for a very easy dessert that requires very few ingredients and everyone will LOVE…keep reading. I ran across these on Facebook a few months ago, before I started blogging I think. I made them. They were gone within an hour. I knew ya’ll needed this recipe. Now, I will add that Bluebell homemade vanilla ice cream is just a must. It just pushes this dessert from very good to completely fabulous. It is comfort food and dessert all rolled into one.
Apple Pie Enchiladas
1 21 ounce can of apple pie filling
6 flour tortillas (I use fajita size)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (I will tell ya’ll that I used roasted saigon cinnamon. A man told me about this in the spice aisle the Saturday before Easter in Kroger a few years ago…yes I have the memory of an elephant which is a blessing and a curse)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
Spoon 1/4 cup apple filling down the center of each tortilla. I used a 1/4 measuring cup to do this but you can just eyeball it and use a spoon. Lay each enchilada seam side down in prepared 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside.
While you are doing this, you can have your butter melting over medium low heat in a small sauce pan. After butter is melted, add sugars, cinnamon, and water. Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. Ladle the sauce evenly over enchiladas and let stand for 45 minutes. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 or 10 minutes but serve the while warm with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell is what we keep around but feel free to use your favorite kind.).
Make apple pie enchiladas tonight…you can thank me later
Cajun MAMA side note…people ask me all the time if my kids actually eat what I cook aka what I write about. Yes and no. Remember I have 4 kids. 4 kids with VERY different taste buds, personalities, views, feelings…and the list goes on. Sometimes one or 2 eat what I make. Sometimes only 1 kid eats what I make. When there is a blue moon, all 4 kids eat what I make and like it. When the a full moon on Friday the 13th in a Leap year comes, they all LOVE it. My point is…it is rare. There are different schools of thought on this topic. It can get kind of heated. I suppose the reason why is that feeding and nurturing our children’s bodies is important to us as moms and dads. We want to nurture them from the inside out. When I was nursing them, I had to trust them to know what they needed and when they were full. They were in charge. i barely pumped so I just had to rely on their instincts and mine to know they were getting what they needed. They always did. Things changed when they got on baby food and solids. My oldest was the pickiest of all picky eaters. He has gotten somewhat better as he has gotten older or “more manly” as he calls it, but still his cautiousness as a person carries over to his willingness to try new things, including foods. I don’t take this as a personal affront to me or my cooking. I take this as a sign that he knows what he likes or what he is comfortable with. I have been worried about him eating enough. i have followed him around with food and begged him to eat, despite the fact that every magazine article and parenting book said not to do that. Once I realized he was thriving and growing in spite of me…I kind of backed off. My other kids have gotten increasingly better or more comfortable trying new foods and my youngest pretty much eats anything. They tend to grow and thrive and life goes on. Thank heavens. Fighting and fussing over food is not worth it. At the same time I am not going to not cook what I am interested in cooking or cater only to them. We would candy with a side of hot dogs with a sno cone every night. So we declared a truce. I do my best to incorporate their favorite meals into my planning a few days a week. But when I cook something new and they do not want to try it or do not like it, they eat something easy like cereal or waffles with fruit. It works for us. They are all growing up to be fine strong happy healthy human beings who most importantly have a voice about what they like or don’t like. They are encouraged to try new things, but sometimes they are just not ready. I am growing up as a mom with 10 years under my belt and I see that it usually all works out. I am learning to trust myself. Most importantly, I have learned to trust them.