Decadent Apple Spice Pastries With Brown Butter Glaze

The Black Cat Kitchen
by The Black Cat Kitchen
8-10 pastries
50 min

Who is ready for fall?? I know it is early, but I am always ready for that crisp weather, the falling leaves, HALLOWEEN. Doesn't it make you smile just thinking about it? I know it does for me. One of my favorite activities in the fall is to go apple picking. When you are from the Midwest, this is a pretty standard activity as apples grow so easily in that region.

For these pastries, the icing makes them pretty sweet, so I like to cook down the apples without any sugar and pick one of the more tart varieties. Now, you can for sure use your galas and sweet reds, but just know that the flavor profile will be a bit different in the end. I generally like a crisper-textured, fairly tart apple for these. I would go with a Fuji or a Jonagold. But, you can pick your favorite for these. After all, you are the one eating them!

Speaking of that, if you WANT to add a bit of sugar to the apples as you cook them down, that is totally fine-you can do that. I just like this particular dessert to be a bit more about texture and sweet/tart contrast. I can't wait to hear how you enjoy these! When I made these for my mom, she said, "this is the best dessert you have ever made." And it is EASY, you guys. Puff pastry makes everything easy :D

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Decadent Apple Spice Pastries With Brown Butter Glaze
Recipe details
  • 8-10  pastries
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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Apple Pastries
  • 1 box of frozen puff pastry, thawed in fridge overnight, left at room temp for 1 hour
  • About 3 large or 4 smaller tart apples, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg for egg wash, 1 - 2 Tbsp water
Sweetened Cinnamon Brown Butter Glaze
  • 1/2-3/4 C powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1-3 tsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Apple Pastries
Heat oven to 375
Slice apples thinly (I like to leave the skins on), and cook down in a saucepan with the butter and cinnamon. You want them to be softened but not mushy (see notes about adding opt sugar here)
Prepare baking sheet with parchment, sprayed with cooking spray
Roll out the puff pastry with a roller to thin it out a bit
Cut into rectangles, 8-10 per sheet. That will make 8-10 total pastries because each will have a top and bottom piece
Spoon cooled apples into the middle of one rectangle of pastry. Don't put on too much, as it will seep out the edges. I would say about 1 Tbsp is generally fine
Run a little water around the edges of the pastry to help with seal
Place the other puff pastry rectangle over the top
Crimp the edges down with a fork to seal
Whisk together 1 egg and 2 Tbsp water and baste the top of the pastries with egg/water wash
I like to poke little holes in the top with fork prongs to let them breathe so they don't puff up to a crazy amount!
Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven heat until golden brown
While baking, make the brown butter glaze.
Remove from oven and let cool
Drizzle icing over top and enjoy!
Sweetened Cinnamon Brown Butter Glaze
Brown the butter in a saucepan until it starts to brown, constantly stirring
Add in the cinnamon and keep stirring, remove from heat but keep everything in warm pan
Stir in the powdered sugar
The thickness you want is a not-too-runny, glaze. Add a tsp of heavy cream at a time and stir quickly until you reach the desired consistency
  • My favorite type of apple to use is Fuji or Jonagold for this, but look in the intro for more thoughts!
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  • Zeudi Zeudi on Sep 15, 2021

    Can these be frozen? Like a flash freeze?

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    • Zeudi Zeudi on Sep 21, 2021

      Thank you

  • Elaine Clark Elaine Clark on Sep 15, 2021

    I will definitely try these