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Friday Food: Apple Pastries

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.

Apple, lemon juice, jam

Rub the butter into the almond meal, cinnamon and plain flour and then add to the the apples. Combine very well.

Flour, meal and butter, cinnamon
Cut each sheet into quarters, making eight squares in all. Spoon some of the apple mixture down the centre leaving a gap at the top and bottom: maybe a tablespoon and a half??

Pastry and apple
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.

Carrotapple
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.

Tray full of pastries
Bake for 12-18 minutes, depending on your oven. The pastries should be golden on top, and underneath. I like a little extra colour on my pastries.

Serve hot, warm or cold. They taste fine any way.

Apple pastries

Comments

cath roberts

Looks delish!! You have the most wonderful recipies,you should do a book!! I made two cakes last Sunday that actually worked and this afternoon I run up a pot of pumpkin soup,that was successful too,usually its lacking in flavour or too much salt etc.Keep em coming :)

Andrea

Yum! I'm feeling needy right now so some comfort food would be lovely!

Ann

Yummy - I love apples and puff pastry. My favorite bake with apples is a tea cake sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

kgirlknits

mm, so delish - and relatively simple, I would have never known!

RoseRed

Yum yum yum. Love an apple dessert! This looks so cool! Love the fancy pastry!

drk

um, yum. that is all.

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