There are few things as comforting as an apple pie, but having a whole one enter your home may be a dangerous prospect for your waistline. So why not make some delicious puff pastry wrapped apples for the individual experience.
Serve the finished product with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup and get all the satisfaction of apple pie without the days of regret. Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of baked apple and cinnamon wafting through their house?
It seems like a win-win situation, so let’s dig in!
Best Baking Apples
This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, but why are these particular apples one of the most popular for baking? The apple is tart, and most baking dishes add sugar, so starting with a super sweet apple may make the desert come out a bit too sweet for most.
The skin is thick, which helps with the integrity of the application and helps it keep its shape. But in no way is it the only apple you can bake with. Here are a few other apple options for baking that you might want to try the following.
- Pink Lady
Tips for Working With Puff Pastry
Puff pastry can be challenging if you are not used to working with it. So we have put together a few tips and techniques that might help you out a bit.
- Make sure that if you have frozen pastry dough that you give it enough time to defrost completely. If not, remove the dough from the fridge about twenty minutes before you plan to work with it.
- Always lightly flour your work station, hands and rolling pin (if using)
- You will want to work quickly, so it doesn’t get too warm.
- If cutting it, make straight lines do not drag the knife, or you will tear the puff pastry.
- Once you have cut it, you may want to pop it back in the fridge for about 15 minutes to let it chill before the final application.
- Always use an egg wash brushed on with a pastry brush, so you get a shine when done.
- Make sure that the oven is preheated and ready when your baking project is.
- Your pastry is done when it is lightly browned and just a bit flaky.
- Try not to open the oven when baking as this may cause your baked good to deflate.
- Always let your pastry cool before topping with anything.
If you don’t want to use a store-bought puff pastry, you can always make it yourself. Here is a great recipe.
Puff Pastry Wrapped Apples Recipe
- 4 med. apples, Granny Smith, peeled
- ½ cup cinnamon sugar
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 egg
- ½ cup caramel sauce
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Core the apples with a melon baller or apple corer. Then coat apples with cinnamon sugar.
- Lightly flour your working surface and roll out a sheet of puff pastry. Cut the sheet into 9 strips about 2 cm wide. Then take one strip and begin at the bottom of one of the apples and begin wrapping it around. When that strip is done, use another until the apple is fully covered. Then repeat with other apples.
- Brush with the egg wash and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top of the apples.
- Then place in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until the pastry is lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve with your choice of ice cream.
- Calories: 213
- Proteins: 3.8g
- Carbs: 42.2g
- Fats: 2.8g
Beautiful and delicious puff pastry wrapped apples will have the whole house smell fantastic and put a huge smile on your family and/or friends’ faces. The recipe is super easy and wholly gratifying.
It also has some room to switch things up like changing the apple. Or go with a flavored whipped cream instead of ice cream. How about using a salted caramel sauce instead of a normal one?
There are so many ways to make this recipe your own and switch up each time you make it that you and those you make it for will never get tired of it. If you want more great puff pastry dessert recipes, check out this article.