Saturday, February 11, 2012

You're the Apple of my Eye Puff Pastry~

Bringing you today a scrumptious and decadent dessert for you that is perfect for Valentines Day.  Who doesn’t love puff pastry, this light and flaky buttery treat dates back to 1694 by a French pastry cooks apprentice named Claudius Gele.  How I read the story is that he was making bread for his father who was sick and added so much butter to the dough ending with the result of the puff pastry.  He went on to be a top pastry cook and very well known for his pastry treat in Paris and Florence.  Why I don’t make my own puff pastry I do take full advantage of having it in my grocer’s freezer to buy which allows me more time to be very creative with it when I am entertaining.  This tasty creation you should love especially if you like when warm apples and ice cream are brought together. 

What you need~

Heart or any cookie cutter shape
Puff pastry found in your stores freezer section~ (I use Pepperidge Farms brand)
1 Egg for eggwash
2 Apples – try a Pink Lady & Granny Smith
½ cup of chopped pecans
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 TBSP Light Brown Sugar
½ teaspoon of Cinnamon
1 TBSP Butter
Chocolate to Melt
Vanilla Ice cream

Thaw your pastry sheets according to the package, when thawed cut out the shapes you wish.  Line them onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush them with you egg wash.  Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.   

Cut up your apples and coat with the granulated sugar and set aside.  Melt butter in a pan add the apples, brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon.  Sautee the mixture for 5 to 7 minutes. 

When the pastries are done baking let cool for a few minutes and carefully separate the top and the bottom.  Set out the dishes you will serve them on to set up the dessert.  Take your apple mixture from the pan and spoon onto the bottom layer of the pastry, next a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Drizzle melted chocolate on top of the ice cream and place the other half of the pastry on top and garnish with apple mixture and the more chocolate.  

There you have it a scrumptious dessert that is so easy to prepare and tastes amazing, I promise!   

Stacy ~ Scrumptious Swirls Blog

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