Renée Kohlman: Flakey, buttery caramelized apple danishes are a breeze to make


If I might select any merchandise to go along with my morning espresso, it will be a flaky and buttery pastry. This alternative doubtless stems from my time spent dwelling in Montreal as a younger artwork pupil, when lining up on the native boulangerie was a weekend ritual topped off with steaming cups of café au lait. It was a decadent deal with for this budget-minded pupil, however one which clearly left an enduring impression.

Flash ahead nearly 30 years (gulp), and pastries are nonetheless my jam. Nevertheless, I’m grateful that I now have the ability set and inclination to make my very own at dwelling. Positive, I might make a tough puff, however with frozen puff pastry available, this can be a shortcut that yields fairly nice outcomes. First issues first, is the completely scrumptious caramelized apple filling. You need to use an apple that’s pretty and candy, and that can maintain its form whereas it’s being caramelized within the skillet. One thing like Cosmic Crisp, Gala or Golden Scrumptious will do the trick. Apple cubes are tossed in a skillet with salted butter and sugar. They’ll get all pretty and golden with beautiful caramelized bits after 10 minutes. A bit cream makes an opulent sauce, together with maple syrup, cinnamon and lemon zest. This may scale back down shortly, leaving you with apples so good you’ll need to cease your self from consuming them so it can save you some for the danishes! Making a double batch of caramelized apples is unquestionably not a nasty thought.

The maple cream cheese is the subsequent step and it too is a breeze. Simply be sure you have it softened at room temperature then mix it with some maple syrup and vanilla. Assembling the pastry squares can also be fairly easy, and earlier than you already know it you’re pulling these beautiful danishes out of the oven. They appear fancy — such as you acquired them at a complicated bakery — and style simply pretty much as good. The caramelized apples sink into the cream cheese and marry so properly with the buttery pastry. A easy dusting of powdered sugar is all they want in case you’re serving them to company, or dropping them off on somebody’s doorstep for a bit of shock deal with.

Caramelized Cosmic Crisp Apple and Maple Cream Cheese Danishes

Leftover caramelized apples are fairly good when swirled into yogurt, unfold on pancakes or spooned on sizzling porridge within the morning.

Caramelized Apples:

3 Tbsp salted butter

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

2 Cosmic Crisp, Gala or Golden Scrumptious apples, peeled, cored and lower into ½-inch items

1/4 cup whipping cream

2 tsp pure maple syrup

1/4 tsp floor cinnamon

1/4 tsp lemon zest


1/2 package deal (8 oz/250 g) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature

1 1/2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract


1/2 package deal (16 oz/450 g) all-butter puff pastry (I used President’s Selection)

1 massive egg

2 tsp water

3 Tbsp coarse or Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

1. To make the Caramelized Apples: Soften the butter in a big skillet over medium warmth. Sprinkle the sugar over the butter. Stir till the sugar begins to dissolve and soften, about one minute. Add the apples and sauté till they’re golden brown and juices type, about 10 minutes. Stir within the cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, and lemon zest. Simmer the apples till barely thickened, one other two minutes. Let the apples come to room temperature earlier than continuing with this recipe. This step may be ready a day forward, simply rewarm over low warmth.

2. Within the bowl of a small meals processor or utilizing hand beaters, beat the cream cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla till creamy and easy. Cease and scrape down the bowl a few instances.

3. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place the rack within the centre of the oven.

4. To assemble the Danishes: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unfold the pastry sheet on a flippantly floured floor. Minimize the pastry into 4 quarters. Working with one sq. at a time, fold 1 1/2 inches of all 4 corners into the centre of the pastry, urgent the nook ideas that at the moment are within the centre down firmly. Don’t press down the outer edges of the pastry as we would like this half to rise. Switch these pastries to the ready baking sheets and house them out evenly. Spoon two heaping tablespoons of the cream cheese combination into the centre of every pastry, making a deep divot within the centre so the apple filling gained’t run out. I like to make use of the again of a soup spoon for this half. Dollop one to 2 heaping tablespoons of apple filling into the divot.

5. Make egg wash by whisking collectively the egg and water. Brush this over the sides of every Danish. Sprinkle the sides with the turbinado sugar.

6. Bake for 25-Half-hour till puffed and deeply golden brown, rotating the pan on the midway level. Let cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes earlier than serving. Finest eaten the day they’re made (dusted with a bit of little bit of icing sugar), but when any leftovers stay, cowl tightly and refrigerate. Reheat the Danishes in a 250ºF oven for about eight minutes. Makes 4 servings.


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