I was planning to start the deluge of Christmas Cookie postings today, but it had to be put on hold for this! This is seriously easy and so delicious. Using store bought puff pastry this Apple Danish takes no time at all. I couldn't wait to post it because I think everyone should have this super easy recipe today. The apple filling is mouth watering, the pasty light and crispy and the glaze, sweet. Danish perfection!
I don't do a whole lot of step by step by stuff around here, but I know it can be useful. Today, I thought my explanation might just lack a little! So, the pictures should help you out and you too can have this easy Danish pastry for breakfast, brunch or a snack soon!
As you can see, this was quite an easy recipe. By using the store bought pastry (cheating, I know), this is done in no time at all and it is totally & utterly 100% worth every single bite!
Start by laying out all your ingredients. Shown here, the apples are already cooked. You will see how to do that in the recipe below.
Lay the pastry sheet on a sheet of parchment paper. Pile the apples down the centre like shown here. Make sure to leave about an inch of pastry at the top and bottom.
Start the shaping of the pastry by cutting the top corners off and then making a small oval cut at the top.
Next, cut around six equal strips on each side. Make cut outs at the bottom of the danish like shown below.
Fold the pastry strips over each other. Gently press down the edges so they stay shut.
Brush the pastry with the egg wash.
Sprinkle over a little sugar and bake for around 20 minutes or until golden and puffed.
As you can see, it's easy peasy. No fuss no muss! And many other easy explanations where those came from. The most difficult part of this apple Danish is trying not to eat all of it! I swear, I didn't eat the whole thing.
We, as in me and my sick boy today, ate this after letting it cool for only about 5 minutes. Partially because I was starving but mostly because I lack patience and will power. So thankfully the glaze didn't melt too much in the pictures. In an ideal world you should wait till it cools to room temperature before drizzling it with the glaze. Then you will get a more perfect look. But if you are like me, you can just dive straight in when it comes out of the oven.
Later this afternoon, I had some more. This time, at room temperature. Equally delicious if not better once cooled. Also, I would like to say this is the only thing I have eaten today. Okay, so not all days are well balanced. I am going to make up for it all at dinner.
This Danish would be great alongside a Christmas brunch. So keep in in mind as that is coming super soon. We normally have a brunch on Christmas Eve at our house as Christmas day is utter chaos. As well, we usually like to be starving by the time we eat dinner. If I filled up on this Danish, I might not get to enjoy my turkey so much..ha!
Oh just a few cooking notes to help you out.
If the apples are going dry in pan and sticking, just add a little bit of water and this will help them from sticking. Also the heat could be too high, so lower the stove temperature and you should get a more even cooking temperature. Also, this cooked to perfection for me in exactly 20 minutes. Depending on your oven, it could be a few minutes more or less. It is done when the pastry is golden and puffed like shown here.
Easy Apple Danish
Serves 6 - 8 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 30 minutes
3 Apples, like Granny Smith
1 Sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/4 Cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
3 Tablespoons butter
1 egg, whisked
For the glaze:
1/4 Cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line with parchment paper a large baking tray. Set aside.
Peel and core the apples and cut into about 1/2 inch slices. In a large skillet set over medium heat, add the butter until it melts. Stir in the 1/4 cup of sugar until you have a syrupy like consistency. Stir for just a couple of minutes. Add the apple slices and stir well. Leave the apples to cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and leave to slightly cool.
Lay out your pastry on the parchment paper on the baking tray. Spread the apple mixture in the middle third leaving about a one inch border at the top and bottom. Cut the top two corners diagonally and then continue to cut strips on each side. You will get anywhere between 6 to 8 strips. Cut away excess pastry at the bottom. Once you have all your strips cut you can start folding them over. Starting at the top left, fold the strip down on a diagonal and then the right side. Continue doing this until you have folded over all the strips. Seal the top and bottom by pulling together the pastry at the ends to meet. Gently press together. Brush with the egg wash and then sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool to room temperature.
Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar and milk. Whisk until combined. Drizzle over the cooled Danish. Serve at room temperature or even cold. Will keep for a few days.
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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