I had apples, I had puff pastry, and I had a compound butter recipe I wanted to try out!
- 3 large/4 medium crisp apples (preferably Honey Crisp, but Granny Smith would go great, too)
- 2 sheets of puff pastry that have been defrosted (you may need to put them in the fridge the night before if you have them in the freezer)
- flour for dusting
- 1/2 stick softened butter
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tsp – 1 Tbsp of apple pie spice (or 2:1:1 mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)
- 1 large or 2 medium baking sheets
- cutting board
- rolling pin
- 2 sheets of waxed paper larger than the puff pastry sheets
- Silpat (or comprable) liner or parchment paper
- Electric handmixer if you feel like it, otherwise the spatula is fine
Pull out the box of puff pastry sheets out of the fridge to warm up. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix the softened butter, the brown sugar, and the spices until well combined using either the electric handmixer or the spatula. Core the apples and cut them into chunks and throw them into the bowl with the butter. When the apples are all cut and in the bowl, mix with the compound butter so that each apple piece is lightly coated. On a flat surface, spread out a piece of waxed paper. Dust it with flour. Put one of the puff pastry sheets on it and dust that with flour. Using the rolling pin, evenly thin out the puff pastry sheet. Transfer it to the lined baking sheet and fill the center with half of the apple mix. Fold the sides of the sheet up around the apples and crimp together. This will likely not be a dessert that looks elegant. But it’s tasty! Repeat the process with the second sheet of puff pastry. Don’t try to reuse the waxed paper even though it’s been dusted with flour. And absolutely dust it with flour before using the rolling pin. Let’s just say it was a good thing that the puff pastry sheet that met wax paper without flour in between had that side as the inner side. Bake for 40-50 minutes until evenly browned. If you have an older oven such as I, or one that heats unevenly, consider rotating the baking sheet halfway through the baking process. Enjoy!