Aplets and Cotlets Recipe:
Prep Time
25 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Northwestern
Keyword: Aplets and Cotlets Recipe
Servings: 64 candy squares
Ingredients
Northwest Apple Candy - Aplets:
  • 1 cup Delicious apples, chopped (red or golden)
  • Cold water
  • 5 tablespoons reserved apple liquid
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (8 3/4 teaspoons or approximately 3 tablespoons)*
  • 1 cup water, cold
  • 1/8 teaspoon rose culinary essence or 1 tablespoon rose water**
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
Northwest Apricot Candy - Cotlets:
  • 6 ounces apricots, dried
  • Cold water
  • 5 tablespoons reserved apricot liquid
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (8 3/4 teaspoons or approximately 3 tablespoons)*
  • 1 cup water, cold
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
Instructions
Northwest Apple Candy - Aplets Instructions:
  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap(this will make for a much easier removal of the Aplets).

  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add chopped apples and enough cold water to cover apples by 1 inch.  Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Turn heat to low and simmer another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.

  3. Drain off liquid, reserving 5 tablespoons apple liquid.  In a food processor, puree apples with reserved apple liquid until smooth.  Return apple mixture back to saucepan over low, add sugar and heat and stir just until sugar is melted.  Remove from heat.

  4. In a small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water; add to apple/sugar mixture, stirring constantly until dissolved.  Add rose culinary essence (or lemon juice) and walnuts; stir until well blended.

  5. Pour into prepared pan; cool at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.

  6. With an oiled knife, cut into 1-inch squares, then roll in powdered sugar (I found that I needed to roll the Aplets in the powdered sugar more than one time).

  7. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

  8. Makes 64 candy squares.

Nothwest Apricot Candy - Cotlets Instructions:
  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap (this will make for a much easier removal of the Cotlets).

  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add dried apricots and enough cold water to cover apricots by 1 inch.  Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Turn heat to low and simmer another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apricots are soft.  Remove from heat.

  3. Drain off liquid, reserving 5 tablespoons apricot liquid; set aside.

  4. In a food processor, puree apricots with reserved apricot liquid until smooth.  Return apricot mixture back to saucepan over low, add sugar and heat and stir just until sugar is melted.  Remove from heat.

  5. In a small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water; add to apricot/sugar mixture, stirring constantly until dissolved.  Add lemon juice and walnuts; stir until well blended.

  6. Pour into prepared pan; cool at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.

  7. With an oiled knife, cut into 1-inch squares, then roll in powdered sugar (I found that I needed to roll the Cotlets in the powdered sugar more than one time).

  8. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

  9. Makes 64 candy squares.

Recipe Notes

* One envelope of unflavored granulated gelatin = approximately 1/4 ounce = approximately 2 1/2 teaspoons.  Learn how to use Gelatin in your cooking and also the history of Gelatin, Gelatine, and JELL-O.  Granulated or powdered gelatin, gelatin sheet, or instant gelatin can be used interchangeably in your recipes.  In order to achieve the correct results when preparing recipes includes gelatin, you must be able to handle gelatin properly and incorporate it correctly.

** Culinary rose essence can be found in Asian or Indian grocery and spice stores.  If you are unable to find culinary essence or rose water, substitute 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice.