This recipe for apple, pear and date pastry puffs can be thrown together any time of the day with whatever ingredients you have lying around, perfect for for a lazy sunday morning in bed, late night sweet tooth or when a surprise visitor calls. If you don’t like apple, pear or dates, it works well with berries, banana or even chocolate!
What you’ll need:
- 2 apples
- 2 pears
- 1 cup dates
- cinnamon or nutmeg
- 2 sheets Pastry puff, cut in quarters
- baking tray, baking paper
- Preheat oven to 200degrees Celsius on fan force.
Halve and core the apple and pear, put them in a pot of boiling water and cook until soft (not stewed as you want to cut them into small pieces)
In another saucepan, submerge the dates on medium heat until soft. When ready, remove from heat, drain and allow to cool. With a fork mash the dates into a smooth consistency.
When the apple and pear is ready, take off the heat, drain and allow to cool on a plate for 15 minutes. Break up the apple and pear into smaller pieces that will fit inside the pastry puffs.
Take one piece of the quartered pastry and spoon a heaped teaspoon of the date mixture into the centre. On top of the dates, pile one tablespoon of apple and pear.
You can add cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla essence on top of the mix before closing the puff.
Take the corners of the pastry and pull to the centre, press together about 2cm from the tip to close the pastry around the mixture. they should look like this.
Line a baking tray with baking paper, place pastry puff on tray with 3cm between. Put in oven at 200degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before moving to cooling rack.
With cinnamon: While Puffs are in the oven, sprinkle with cinnamon for added flavour and a golden colour