Last week I bought some really cheap apples thinking how bad could they be hey? It turns out pretty bad. I became a bit of an apple snob during pregnancy as I craved a particular crunch and taste .. I’m not so bad now but these just didn’t taste good. However I hate waste so yesterday I tried to think of an easy way I could use them up and ended up with these totally amazingly scrumptious apple parcels or mini puff pastry pies. So easy to make but the flavour is fantastic and a really quick and easy dessert option for people who don’t usually bake.
You will need:
A sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
2-3 apples chopped fairly small but any shape
1 tablespoon of lemon juice ( I used Jif lemon )
50grams of light brown sugar ( I used Whitworths)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1teaspoon of nutmeg
*Optional – zest of an orange or clementine and a handful of raisins/sultanas
1 beaten egg
Preheat your oven to gas mark 4. Mix your apple in a bowl with lemon, sugar,cinnamon and nutmeg.
Cut your pastry into an equal amount of squares. On half of the squares place a spoonful of the apple mixture in the middle then brush some egg around the rim of the square and place another square on top, press to seal with a fork around the edge and pierce the top of the parcel. Repeat until all squares are used up then brush each parcel with the egg and bake on a tray until golden brown (approx 20 mins). Dust with icing sugar.
Serve while warm (although be careful contents will be incredibly hot initially) with a dollop of thick cream. Totally delicious. You could use a cookie cutter to make different shared parcels. I did a second batch which were circular.