Posted on : November 12th, 2019
Here’s something different — and delightful — for your next holiday party. I love wonton soup and wonton appetizers but this recipe takes the concept of wontons, turns it on its head, and knocks it out of the park! Filled with apples and chopped almonds and flavored with five spice powder and a little brandy or bourbon, these Five Spice Apple and Almond Wontons are a fancy dessert!
Five Spice powder is easy enough to find in most well-stocked grocery stores but you could make it yourself. It’s a combination of all five Chinese flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami (savory). Sounds odd to put in dessert, I know! But it’s delicious. It’s honestly one of my favorite spices. Most often it combines star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, hot pepper and fennel seeds. You could think of it as Chinese “pumpkin spice” (some people use it in pumpkin pie). But it has an interesting flavor kick so it is usually used to flavor meat and vegetables.
I think it would be best to serve these as soon as they’re ready. But you could make them ahead and reheat them. Serve them warm, though, with vanilla (or maybe caramel) ice cream.
This recipe was brought to you courtesy of the Almond Board of California.
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