I used to make these years ago, and suddenly last Sunday when I wanted to make something apple-y to take to MrsDrWho's for dessert, I remembered these. I had everything except for some Granny Smith apples, so I just had to drive to the deli at the corner and I was ready.
You could use apricots, peaches or plums, maybe pears too.
That's it really. Serve dusted with icing sugar and cream, ice-cream, custard, or any combination of the three.
Apple Pastries serves 4 (2 each)
- 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples, or any green cooking apple
- 2 tspn lemon juice
- 2 tbspn apricot jam
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 2 tbsn plain flour
- 1/2 tspn cinnamon
- 1 tbspn butter
- egg or milk for glazing
NB A tablespoon is 20ml or 4 teaspoons.
Preheat the oven to 200*C and line a tray with baking paper.
Peel, slice and finely dice the apples. Place in a bowl with the lemon juice and apricots jam and mix well.
Rub the butter into the almond meal, cinnamon and plain flour and then add to the the apples. Combine very well.
Now make cuts down each side as shown in the pictures. Cut from the apple, outwards to the edge. I made a cut at halfway, then quarters and then eighths. The recipe calls for 8 cuts but I made 7 because it was easier.
Now the apple miraculously turns into carrot, because the photos I took (or imagined I took) were not on my camera. I made a re-creation with Kiss Biscuit dough and carrot. Fold the top and bottom strips around the sides apple, joining them if you can and encasing the apple. Then make a lattice by folding alternate strips across the apple until it is all covered. Repeat this with all the squares.
Brush with egg or milk and then place on the tray.
Serve hot, warm or cold. They taste fine any way.