Almond Apple Puff Pastries

Almond Apple Pastries-1-22Thank you so much for all your warm comments, everyone! I am so touched by how many caring people are reading my blog and have been praying for us and encouraging us since the birth of our baby. I am doing much better, but would appreciate all your continued prayers so I can make a complete recovery. You guys are the best!

I am back today with a great recipe to share. I know how much many of you love desserts, so this is just for you. This recipe is such a cinch to prepare. Homemade goodies are the best and you can use some store bought ingredients to give you a head start. In this recipe, store bought puff pastry and almond paste make this recipe especially easy and convenient. You can also make the puff pastry and the almond paste from scratch.

These pastries are so beautiful and elegant. They are very quick to prepare too. One of the nice bonuses about this recipe is that you can keep all the ingredients on hand and when you have unexpected company or want a simple baking option, this is the recipe to reach for.

I love flaky, tender puff pastry. It’s a great staple to have on hand for both savory and sweet food. Almond paste and apples are a great combination for this very humble sweet treat. You can even use pears for another delicious option.

Ingredients:

1 (1 lb) package puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed

2 apples, peel and cut into thin pieces

3 Tablespoons butter, melted brush apples with melted butter,

sprinkle with sugar

Egg wash (1 egg and 1 Tablespoon water)

1/2 cup apple jelly

Homemade Almond Paste:

1 cup Almond Meal/Flour

3/4 cup Powdered Sugar

1/4 tsp Almond Extract

1  Egg White

Instructions:

Almond Apple Pastries-1-13Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Prepare the almond paste. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. You can also just mix it by hand. If you’re using store bought almond paste, add one egg white and a splash of vanilla extract to the almond paste and mix to combine until the paste is soft and workable. If you make the almond paste from scratch it will be soft and very easy to work with.

Peel and slice the apples thinly. You can also use pears in this recipe instead of the apples.

Prepare the egg wash by lightly beating the egg and water. You can use milk or cream instead of the water too.

If you would prefer to make puff pastry from scratch, there are many recipes online. I also have a Quick Puff Pastry recipe on my website that you can use.

Unfold the puff pastry and roll it out on a lightly floured counter just until the seams are evenly rolled out.  Each sheet of pastry should be rolled out into 11-12 inch square. You don’t have to be too precise with it, since you’ll be cutting out circles out of it anyway.

Almond Apple Pastries-1-14Cut out circles out of the dough. I used a 3 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Almond Apple Pastries-1-15Place about 1/2-3/4 of a Tablespoon of almond paste on top of each circle of dough and spread it out evenly, leaving a rim around the edges. Almond Apple Pastries-1-16Shingle the slices of apples on top of the almond paste. The apple slices need to be very thin, so that they will bake through completely. Almond Apple Pastries-1-17Brush the apple slices with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Brush the edges of the pastries with the egg wash.

Almond Apple Pastries-1-19Bake the pastries in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the pastries are golden brown.

While the pastries are baking, place the apple jelly in a small saucepan and heat it up just until the apple jelly is liquid. You can also warm up the apple jelly in the microwave for about a minute. When the pastries are baked and still warm, brush the pastries with the liquid apple jelly. Almond Apple Pastries-1-20This will not only add more apple flavor and sweetness to these pastries, but also give them a beautiful glossy finish.

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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 18 pastries
Ingredients
  • 1 (1 lb) package puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
  • 2 apples, peel and cut into thin pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted brush apples with melted butter,
  • sprinkle with sugar
  • Egg wash (1 egg and 1 Tablespoon water)
  • ½ cup apple jelly
Homemade Almond Paste:
  • 1 cup Almond Meal/Flour
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Egg White
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the almond paste. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. You can also just mix it by hand. If you're using store bought almond paste, add one egg white and a splash of vanilla extract to the almond paste and mix to combine until the paste is soft and workable. If you make the almond paste from scratch it will be soft and very easy to work with.
  3. Peel and slice the apples thinly. You can also use pears in this recipe instead of the apples.
  4. Prepare the egg wash by lightly beating the egg and water. You can use milk or cream instead of the water too.
  5. Unfold the puff pastry and roll it out on a lightly floured counter just until the seams are evenly rolled out. Each sheet of pastry should be rolled out into 11-12 inch square.
  6. Cut out circles out of the dough. I used a 3½ inch round cookie cutter.
  7. Place about ½-3/4 of a Tablespoon of almond paste on top of each circle of dough and spread it out evenly, leaving a rim around the edges.
  8. Shingle the slices of apples on top of the almond paste.
  9. Brush the apple slices with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Brush the edges of the pastries with the egg wash.
  11. Bake the pastries in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the pastries are golden brown. While the pastries are baking, place the apple jelly in a small saucepan and heat it up just until the apple jelly is liquid. You can also warm up the apple jelly in the microwave for about a minute. When the pastries are baked and still warm, brush the pastries with the liquid apple jelly. This will not only add more apple flavor and sweetness to these pastries, but also give them a beautiful glossy finish.

10 Comments

  • Kel

    Yum! I will be making these this weekend. I did not realize you could make your own almond paste so easily!

  • Natasha

    I was looking for some tasty and interesting dessert to make for my son’s end of season soccer party. Bingo! This looks amazing and is quick and easy! Love using this pastry in many other recipes, now this adds to my collection!

  • Svetta

    I fell in love with this recipe and made it today. I had a few problems but taste wasn’t one of them. Yum! My almond paste seemed too thick but I did it by hand and I didn’t know when to use the egg wash. Would love some pointers for definite next time. 🙂

    • olgak7

      Did you use the homemade almond paste or the store bought almond paste? If you use the store-bought almond paste, you will need to add an egg white and some vanilla extract to it and mix it up until smooth, either with a mixer or a food processor until it is smooth. The homemade version should be soft enough to work with. You could flatten it out in your hand before placing it on the pastry. You can also dampen your fingers to help spread it out, or dip a spoon in some water and use the back of the spoon to spread it out. I hope that helps.

  • Vica

    Hi Olga, this looks really good but i’m confused about the egg wash from step 4. How, and when do you use that? Thanks, Vica

  • Mrsosintsev

    Just finished making these. Ran out of powdered sugar, had dates on hand so substituted. Made a nice touch to the flavor, next time maybe I’ll substitute all the sugar with dates! Thank you for the simple recipie!!! It’s delicious!

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