Working in a school kitchen we are always trying out new things. We always have a stack of frozen puff pastry sheets so I thought I would try something new today with these apple puffs. We have individual puff pastry squares however you can use a roll from the supermarket costing about £1. Just cut into squares.
First part is prepping your apples. We have cooked ours in a toffee syrup made from sugar and butter. It’s only the second time I’ve made a toffee sauce so this was probably the hardest part for me. Once you’ve got the hang of it though it’s really easy.
To make some of these easy cheat apple puffs you will require:
Shop bought puff pastry
Bramley apples about 4 will make 9-10 tarts
300 g caster sugar
100g hard butter
1 egg for sticking and egg wash before cooking.
Lemon juice to stop your apples going brown
How to make apple puffs
First of all get your puff squares ready on a baking sheet with baking paper.
Peel, core and slice your apples, place on a bowl with some lemon juice over them. The lemon will stop them from dis colouring.
In a large pan add your sugar and place on the heat. You want your sugar to caramelise, and you need to keep moving the sugar round by tilting and swirling the pan. DO NOT STIR WITH A SPOON. Keep doing this till you have the right colour for your sauce. Once happy with the colour add you butter in small cubes a few at a time whisking it into your sugar. Once combined add your apples and coat them in the sugar mixture.
I just keep my apples moving on the heat for a few mins till the apples softened a little bit you can also place on a baking sheet and in the over for a few minutes. Don’t overcook them though you want to keep your apples slice shape.
Once your apples are ready it’s time to make your tarts. Place a few slices neatly in the center of the pastry forming a nice line. You then add some egg was to opposite corners, fold together and stick.
Once all made give them a final egg wash before cooking in the over.
You need to cook your apple puffs on gas mark 6 for about 15 minutes till your pastry has puffed and has a golden colour.
To finish them off you can drizzle melted chocolate over the top and sprinkle with icing sugar. You could serve with a dollop of ice cream or some custard but they are great just as they are.
If you like the recipe then check out our slow cooked apple porridge. Its delicious.