Puff Pastry Apple and Peach Upside-Down Minis
I love making apple desserts in the fall. Since we always do a lot of apple-picking this time of year, there are always tons of apples in our house. There are so many ways we enjoy them, sometimes it’s just slicing them up for snacks, and other times it’s baking up a delightful dessert. This Apple and Peach Puff Pastry is something we love to make because it’s very simple and is a real crowd pleaser.
With desserts like these it is imperative to start with the freshest, most delicious fruit you can find. If you’re not going to the apple orchard, buy apples that are great for baking in the store. Most stores have little cards next to the apples displays pointing out which apples are best for baking, snacking, or making apple sauce. Peaches can be harder to find. If you can’t find any in the store, then you can use them from the jar.
When it comes to baking with puff pastry, using frozen puff pastry is the only way to go. I’ve never tried making my own puff pastry, but I know it’s very difficult. I buy it at the store and have it thawed before I start to make this recipe. It’s important to work quickly so it doesn’t become too soft, but I’ve never had a problem.
When this is baking your whole house will smelly heavenly. Honestly, sometimes I make this just because I love how good the kitchen smells for the rest of the day. I like to serve it with whipped cream, ice cream, or even a dollop of crème fraiche. For a fancier dinner I’ll plate it individually and garnish it with a spring of mint! Either way, you can’t really go wrong. If you can’t find peaches, try other fruit like plums or sliced apricots. You can even just make it with all apples.
I hope you enjoy this simple fall dessert as much as we do, enjoy!
Apple and Peach Upside-Down Puff Pastry:
1 peach, sliced
1 apple, sliced
1 sheet of puff pastry
1. Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) to ensure it's hot when you're ready to bake.
2. Prepare the Fruit:
Drizzle honey onto a sheet of parchment paper and place the fruit slices on top of it. This will infuse the fruit with sweetness and flavor as it bakes
3. Cut the Puff Pastry:
Unfold the puff pastry sheet and cut it into individual squares or rectangles, depending on the size you desire. Each square or rectangle should be about the size of a single serving.
4. Arrange the Fruit:
Transfer the parchment paper with the honey-drizzled fruit slices onto a baking sheet.
Lay out the sliced fruit on each square or rectangle of puff pastry, arranging them evenly and leaving a small border around the edges.
5. Fold the Edges:
Gently fold the edges of each pastry square or rectangle up and over the fruit. This will help contain the fruit as it bakes and create a rustic, free-form tart look for each individual portion.
6. Brush with Egg Wash:
Beat the egg in a small bowl and brush it over the folded edges of each individual pastry portion. This will give the pastry a beautiful golden color as it bakes.
Place each individual puff pastry portion on the baking sheet with the parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown, and the fruit is tender.
Once they're done, remove the individual puff pastry portions from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack. Be cautious; the fruit will be hot.
When they've cooled slightly, you can serve each individual-sized portion of Apple and Peach Upside-Down Puff Pastry as is or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert.
Enjoy your delicious individual-sized apple and peach upside-down puff pastries!
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