I had a serious sweet-tooth craving one night and these hit the spot perfectly! This recipe makes 8 pastry puffs and uses only 1 heaped Tbsp of brown sugar, so while one of these certainly calms the craving, they are not super sugary (which is just as well since we ate nearly all of them in one evening!). Another advantage is that they are very quick to make, assuming you use ready made puff pastry as I did.
These puff pastry treats can be made with a myriad of other fillings such as jams, apple and sultana, lemon curd, rhubarb or many other sweet (or savoury) fillings. I also made these with frozen berries but the frozen berry juice melted before the pastry rose and so the fruit filling spread out a bit too much – looked messy but still tasted great!
- 2 sheets of vegan puff pastry, defrosted
- 100mls of water
- small amount of soy milk for brushing
- 2 medium/large apples
- 1 heaped Tbsp of brown sugar
- 2 cloves
- 3 Tbsp water
- ¾ tsp of arrowroot flour
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- Icing sugar to dust
- Peel, core and chop the apples.
- Put the apples, sugar, water, and cloves into a small pan and heat until bubbling then reduce heat and simmer until apple softens, this will take about 5 minutes or so depending on the size of the chunks of apple.
- Remove and discard the cloves.
- Take 2 tsp of the liquid from the pan and mix in the arrowroot flour ensuring no lumps. Return the liquid and arrowroot mixture to the apples and continue to heat until liquid thickens.
- When liquid has thickened, remove pan from the heat and stir in the cinnamon powder. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Cut each of the sheets of pastry into 4 equal squares and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Using a sharp knife, cut an 'L' shape along the edge of each square, and repeat on the other side of the square, as in the pictures above.
- Using the water, wet the edge of each of the squares of pastry before folding each corner over.
- Spoon an equal amount of the apple mixture into the middle of the pastry squares.
- Brush the edges of the pastry with a little soy milk.
- Place on a lined baking tray and cook in the centre of the oven for approximately 10 minutes (depending on your oven). The pastry should rise and become golden brown.
- Place on a wire rack and let cool, then dust with icing sugar.
These lovely little treats can be served as they are, hot or cold, with a cup of tea. Alternatively, if you are feeling a little more indulgent, serve with whipped coconut cream or vegan ice-cream.
If you try these with other fillings I would love to hear about it and how they turned out.