A little while ago I posted a recipe for homemade puff pastries. It was very well received by the test panel and tested extensively. That’s why I developed an apple based variation. These little apple pies are incredibly easy to make and because we’re adding some vanilla sugar, it tastes as if we’ve added some pudding. But it’s a trick! 🙂
You can have these pastries cold, but they’re much better straight out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream. I can’t think of a better Christmas dessert!
Ps: I set these pastries out to cool on the windowsill and I heard a little boy in the street say how good it smelled. He told his mother: ‘I think we should have waffles too tonight!’ :-p
Ps: This recipe uses a half sheet of puff pastry dough to make about 6 small apple pies. They should serve about 2 pastries per person. With the leftover dough you can make delicious sausage rolls or some extra pastries!
Christmas vibes: warm apple pie (with ice cream)
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Break the egg into a cup, add a pinch of salt and whisk until even.
Roll out the puff pastry dough and tug on it, so it is laid out evenly.
Divide the dough into squares of about 8x8 cm (it doesn’t have to be perfect). Use the ruler. Cut swiftly and with a sharp knife to avoid the dough tearing.
Spread out the squares evenly over the baking tray. Make sure they don’t touch.
Paint the edges with egg.
Wash the apples, dry them off and cut into quarters. Remove the core and cut into thin slices. Dress the dough with the apple slices, about 4-5 slices to each square. If you add too much apple, the dough’ll cook unevenly.
Generously sprinkle vanilla sugar over the apple slices! You can cover the edges as well.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Set to cool on a grate. Once cooled, sprinkle with some powder sugar if you like. Done!
*If you can only find a round puff pastry dough sheet, cut it into a rectangle first. You can use the leftover sides to make breadsticks.
The dough’s quality makes all the difference, so don’t cheap out. For a few cents extra, you’ll get a delicious pastry. And it’s Christmas, so treat yourself!
Tip: if you want to get your pastries golden brown, you’ll need the egg (or milk). Without it, it won’t turn brown and it won’t look as tasty.
Tip: You can make these in advance and reheat them in the oven ( ±180°C, 5-10 minutes), to get them nice and crispy again!
Input Singlemade test panel
Kim said: this recipe is supereasy and delicious. What more could you want?! :-p The pies were generally approved as an afternoon snack and Kim is considering adding them to her Christmas menu!
Caroline’s comment was brief: Véééééry good!
Both Pieter and Sofie are a fan as well. Sofie’s tip: use Boskoop apples, they turn nice and soft and are really sweet!
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Have fun cooking and… bon appétit! 🙂