19 November 2015

Plate Up. Apple Cinnamon Caramel Puffs

I've done a lot of food posts lately which only means one thing - it's getting cold here. When the weather is blustery, raining and freezing, you'll usually find me in the kitchen, because a warm oven and, in this case, the scent of cinnamon apples baking is a much nicer alternative to getting drenched outside.

My mum has always loved apple turnovers, in fact she loves anything with cooked apple. I was a little slower to the party, it never seemed to take my fancy when I was young, something about the mushy fruit texture. Now however, I love baked apple things just as much as her.

This little recipe is the perfect thing to whip up for morning or afternoon tea. It will have guests smiling and, well if it's just you eating them, then you'll be grinning from ear to ear.

What you'll need
1 sheet puff pastry
1 apple
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon demerara sugar
1/2 lime
Rock salt
1 egg, beaten

What to do
Preheat your oven to 180degrees Celsius. Roll out your pastry and cut as many circular disks from it as you can using a cookie cutter or a glass. Make sure you end up with an even number. I managed to get 18 out of mine which will make 9 delicious puffs.

Peel your apple and cut it into small cubes and place in a bowl. Squeeze over the lime juice.

Add the cinnamon and sugar and toss to coat.

Line a baking tray and place half of your discs on it.

Top with a little apple but make sure you leave a space at the edge.

Next, plop a little caramel on each one.

Then sprinkle with a little sea salt. Just a couple of flakes will do.

Top with the rest of the pastry and close using a fork.

Brush with egg and bang them in the oven for about 15minutes. Be sure to keep a close eye so they don't burn.

While they're baking, if you happen to have any leftover apple that didn't fit, pop it on the stove with a dash of water and cook it down for 5-10minutes. It makes a delicious snack all on its own.

When your puffs are looking golden, whip them out and serve on a wooden board with your favourite cuppa tea.

The bonus is your house will smell delectable for the rest of the day too!

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Photos by Krissie.