Wrapping a filling in dough or a thin pancake is a fairly common but nevertheless appealing presentation used for both savory dishes and sweets. When wrapped in the fashion described here, the assembled items are also known as pouches or purses. Perhaps the best known of the savory dishes utilizing this technique is the Beggar’s Purse. This is made by topping a thin crepe with the highest-quality caviar and a little crème fraîche, then gathering up the edges, pleating them into a purse shape, and securing the package by tying it tightly closed with a strip of blanched chive. In preparing the Apple Sacks, however, you want to make sure that the top of the sacks are not fastened because they should open up as they bake to reveal the filling inside. The surface of the filling also provides a flat space on which to place the ice cream and the decoration.
The semolina dough used here is a type of pie dough and, as such, it is of the utmost importance that you start with cold butter and that the butter remain cold and in small chunks as the dough is being mixed. If prepared improperly, the dough can become tough and hard and no matter how decorative the preparation, the finished product will be unappealing. While the Cookie Tumbleweeds definitely dress up what is really a fairly simple dessert, they can easily be eliminated without compromising the great flavor combination of apples, dates, pecans, maple syrup, buttery crust, and ice cream. The crust itself should provide plenty of crunchy contrast.
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