Easy Apple Danish

Warm and sweet cinnamon apples covered in a buttery and flaky puff pastry crust, this Apple Danish recipe literally takes minutes to prepare!

Apple Danish recipe

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About This Recipe

This apple danish recipe is super quick and easy to make, It requires very simple ingredients and can be made by anyone no matter the skill level. It’s perfect for breakfast of a late autumn brunch, or even for holiday parties!

For this recipe I used store-bought puff pastry dough sheets, they’re very easy to find in all supermarkets in the freezer section. The filling consists of a few simple ingredients but results in a mouthwatering and scrumptious cinnamon apple filling that I would eat just by it self! You could also use store-bought apple pie filling if your not in the mood to make it yourself.

What You Need To Make Apple Danish

Apples: tart apples work best for this recipe, I used 3 large granny smith apples for this recipe, some other options are Pink Lady and Honeycrisp. One thing to keep in mind is that your apples should not be softy and mushy, rather they should be nice and crisp!

Puff Pastry Dough: using stor bought puff pastry sheets make this recipe quick and easy, just don’t forget to thaw them completely before starting the recipe using the packageing instructions.

Powdered Sugar & Milk: these are for making the icing to drizzle on the baked apple danish, this is optional but I highly recommend it.

Brown Sugar: I like to use brown sugar for the apple filling because it gives them a rich molasses flavor but you can always use just granulated sugar.

Egg: It’s not in the in the picture above but a whisked egg brushed on the apple danish before being baked gives them a beautiful golden crust.

How To Make Apple Danish

Step 1: Prepare the apple filling.

In a small pot combine the butter and brown sugar, melt on high heat while stirring. Add in the peeled and chopped apples and give it a mix. Finally add some ground cinnamon and stir. Let this simmer on medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the apples are fully cooked and the juice released by the apples has slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and let the filling cool down.

Step 2: Divide the pastry dough sheet into 4 squares. Roll each square slightly then fold in each side to create a square bowl. See pic below.

Step 3: Repeat this process for the remaining pastry dough to make 12 squares.

Step 4: Fill each pastry square with 2-3 tablespoons of the apple filling. Whisk an egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush over the side of the apple danish.

Step 5: Bake in an oven preheated at 200 °C / 390 °F for 22-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and fully baked. Let them cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack to cool down completely.

Step 6: Combine powdered sugar, also known as confectioner’s sugar and milk to form an icing. Drizzle over the cooled apple danish and enjoy!

Storing The Apple Danish

Although these pastries are best enjoyed when fresh you can store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave for 30-60 seconds.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to thaw the puff pastry sheets before starting the recipe. Remove the pastry sheets from the freezer and from the packaging at least 30 minutes before starting.
  • Preheat your oven! Baking the apple danish in cold oven will result in them baking unevenly and you won’t get that perfectly golden brown crust!
  • Ensure that the apple filling is cool before adding it on to the pastry.
  • Spread a tablespoon or 2 of softened cream cheeses before adding the apple filling to make cream cheese apple danish!
  • To make mini apple danish, divide the pastry sheet into 8 squares into four and add 1 tablespoon of apple filling on each.
  • Make the apple filling ahead of time and store in the refrigerator so you have it ready to go.

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Easy Apple Danish Recipe

Warm and sweet cinnamon apples covered in a buttery and flaky puff pastry crust, this Apple Danish recipe literally takes minutes to prepare!

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 35 min

Course: Breakfast, Brunch/ Dessert

Servings: 12

Calories: 288kcal

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Ingredients

  • 3 large apples, peeled & chopped into small cubes
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter (42g)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (55g)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 3 sheets puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (50g)
  • 1-2 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Thaw the puff pastry completely before starting the recipe. Remove from the freezer and packaging at least 30 minutes ahead of time.
  2. In a small pot or saucepan combine the butter and brown sugar, melt on high heat while stirring. Add in the cubed apples and ground cinnamon and give everything a mix. Simmer for 7 minutes until the apples are fully cooked and the filling is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and let the filling cool down.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 °C / 390 °F.
  4. Divide each puff pastry sheet into 4 squares. Roll each square slightly then fold in all the side to make a square bowl, see pic. Arrange them on a parchment lined baking tray. Repeat this process with the remaing pastry dough.
  5. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the apple filling on each of the prepared pastry dough. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the sides are golden brown. Once bakes let the pastries cool down completely.
  6. In the mean time, mix the powdered sugar and milk to make a simple icing for the top. Drizzle on to the cooled apple danish and enjoy!

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 287.99kcal

Total Fat: 14.03g

Carbs: 37.24g

Sugars: 15.25g

Protein: 3.63g

Sodium: 181.23mg

Fiber: 1.56g

** Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more. **

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