Today I honored one of my perennial new year’s resolutions. I kept things SIMPLE!
I wanted something warm, sweet and simple to have with my morning tea. I also had to make use of some puff pastry sheets that I had in my fridge. These are soft, chewy, flaky squares of pastry. The tops have been brushed with melted butter and maple syrup that has been infused with vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Top them with some thinly shaved apple and sprinkle with a little sugar before baking.
I had placed a baking rack over the baking pan because I actually didn’t want the puff pastry to rise too much. But honestly, the weight of these thin slices of apple was enough to prevent the centers from rising. The texture was perfect and it allowed the apples to take center stage.
I love everything about these simple apple pastries.
- The pastry is flaky, soft & chewy; puffing up around the corners as if it is hugging the apples.
- The tops are sweet and buttery, warm with the flavors of maple, vanilla, cinnamon & cloves.
- The thinly shaved apples are still sweet & soft.
- The ratio of pastry & apple is perfect here. In one bite, you have just enough pastry & apple to appreciate both!
I used red delicious apples because that’s what I had on hand. But use your favorite apple. Pears would be good, too!
Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.
- 1 package of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry (2 sheets in a package)
- 2 apples
- 2 Tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons of butter
- ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- pinch of cloves
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Unfold each pastry sheet.
- Cut each sheet along the crease, producing 3 rectangular strips of pastry.
- Cut each rectangle evenly into thirds.
- Repeat with the second pastry sheet.
- You will have 18 squares.
- Place the maple syrup, butter, vanilla, cinnamon & cloves in a small saucepan and heat over medium low heat until melted and combined.
- Using a mandolin, slice the apples into thin slices.
- Brush each pastry square with the maple mix and top with an apple slice
- Sprinkle with granulated sugar or sanding sugar if desired.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until slightly golden and puffed around the edges.