Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples

Don’t baked apples sound like the perfect autumn dessert?  And what about those filled with caramel?  Even better. I’d eaten a sub par baked apple recently with more crust than apple...I knew I could do better.  I found a video of these stunning gems:  peeled baking apples were dipped in cinnamon sugar, wrapped in strips of grocery store puff pastry, then filled with caramel sauce from a jar.  Simple and beautiful.  Of course, these would be out of this world with home made puff pastry and caramel sauce, but still pretty spectacular with store bought versions.

Puff pastry works best when chilled and then baked in a hot oven.  My apples were probably a smidge bigger than medium, and with tweaking the recipe to include a bit of chilling time, my apples were still a bit firm when baked. I’d recommend turning down the oven temp at about the 20 minute mark and extending the baking time.  Check apples for tenderness with a sharp knife a couple times as they transform to a lovely golden brown.

Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples
Ingredients
Adapted from Pepperidge Farm
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled
  • ½ cup caramel sauce
  • 10 ounce package of Trader Joe's puff pastry (or another brand of puff pastry may be substituted)
  • Vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400º.
  2. Stir the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk. Using a melon baller, scoop the cores out of the apples from the top, making sure to leave the bottoms intact.
  3. Coat the apples with the cinnamon mixture.
  4. Place the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Roll each pastry sheet into a 10 x 9 inch rectangle. Cut each into 9 1-inch strips Moisten ends with water and then press 4 pastry strips together to make 1 strip. Repeat to make 4 long strips total. Cut 8 leaf shapes from the leftover pastry.
  5. Starting at the bottom, wind 1 pastry strip around 1 apple, slightly overlapping the edges of the pastry. Repeat with the remaining pastry strips and apples. Top each with 2 pastry leaves. Spoon 2 tablespoons caramel sauce into each apple. Brush the apples with the egg wash. Place the pastries onto a baking sheet covered with parchment or a Silpat. Chill briefly, 20-25 minutes.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Serve the pastries with the ice cream. Mine were dark enough, but not fully cooked at 25 minutes. You may want to lower the temp and bake another 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven and the size of your apples.
Yield: 4 servings

A bit news:  I will be participating in an online bake sale from October 8 through October10 at Foodness Gracious to raise funds for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I’ll be donating a batch of Kahlua Brownies.  I hope you’ll consider bidding on them or one of the other wonderful contributions.

And more news:  I was nominated for most valuable foodie (blushing here) by Foodbuzz.  Please check out all the incredible nominees and vote for your favorites here. Thanks for the honor!!!! xoxo

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Comments

  1. I LOVE this!! Every part of it. Going to totally try this this fall. Love the apple pastries!

  2. Congratulations on the nomination! Loving this apple recipe. I feel too many people rushed right past apples to pumpkin. Let’s give apples the love they deserve.

  3. I have this recipe from when Pepperidge Farm sent me some coupons and I’ve been dying to try it. Yours look amazing!

  4. Congratulations- both on the nomination- and a beautiful creation. I’ve been scratching around for great apple recipes to go with a creme fraiche sorbet I made- I think this would be beautiful. Thank you!

  5. congrats on the nomination and wow! this looks really luscious!

  6. Asian-spice mix says:

    Congratulations on the nomination foodbuzz food blogger,you deserve it, I love your creativity on baking,and I’m learning from you here,just like this one you just posted,pastry wrap caramel looks yummy and gorgeous !!
    Ridwan

  7. Yeah! How cool for you! Congrats! And love love these apples! Holy lipsmackeral! Delicious.

  8. Wow Liz, those are gorgeous~! Besides being such a fantastic baker, your art and presentation are amazing~!

  9. Unique and unique and its so nice to see the wrap around the apple, isn’t this a simple way of baking and thanks for sharing.

    Congrats to you and your blog is working find now, entered from your facebook like page.

  10. Done with the voting Lizzy and best of luck. Keep me updated on this.

  11. That’s an awesome idea. I’ve actually never seen them done like this before.

  12. Angie's Recipes says:

    This looks sensational!
    Congratulations on the nomination ;-))

  13. The Mom Chef says:

    Congrats on the nomination and participating in the bake sale!

    I agree with Chris about starting too soon with pumpkins when apples and pears are still begging for their time. And wow, did you spotlight apples with this one. Caramel apples fill my heart with love. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  14. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking says:

    Congratulations on your nomination, Lizzy!
    These look incredble and very filling. Skip dinner and just go right for the dessert!

  15. Curry and Comfort says:

    Okay now you have to help me pick up my jaw from the floor! I love this dessert Lizzy! It’s simply beautiful. I mean this is something that can be served at a 5 star restaurant, it’s that fabulous! You really are the baking queen. Great job and again congrats on the nomination!!!! I am so happy for you. :)

  16. Beautiful looking and a great recipe to have on hand next week after my apple picking trip next week.

  17. Three-Cookies says:

    Looks great, such recipes are awesome where you eat the ‘plate’ – less washing needed!

  18. Well, this is a beautiful dessert presentation!!

  19. Such a welcome to autumn! Just delicious. And you stay skinny…. how? Congrats on the nomination! What a lovely honor!

  20. aaaah! Lizzy this pastry wrapped caramel apple for me is perfect and I love apples too, look beautiful! gloria

  21. Congrats on the nomination-well deserved. Great wrapping on the caramel apples-you did an awesome job on the presentation. Yum!

  22. These look beautiful! Such a unique idea. Congratulations as well!

  23. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    These are amazing. Absolutely beautiful!

  24. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I already know my kids will love it. I always have Trader Joe’s puff pastry in my freezer (this is my level of “baking”!). I have to try this out!

  25. Congratulations on your nomination! Very well deserved!!

  26. wow wow wow… wow! These are just BEAUTIFUL!

    I was so honored to see my name in a category with YOU! Congratulations and GOOD LUCK! ♥

  27. Liz, I had a hard time keeping my fork away from the screen! :) That looks soooo good!
    And. congratulations! Well deserved!

    SusanG

  28. Pegasuslegend says:

    speechless as I am mouth watering!

  29. Wow, Lizzy! These apples look amazing! What a fabulous idea to wrap a caramel apple in pastry! And congrats on your nomination!

  30. That’s absolute gourmet! SO neatly shaped and baked to perfection!

  31. Sweet And Crumby says:

    That is the pretties autumn dessert I think I have EVER seen. You are amazing and these sound so delish!

  32. Thanks SO much, everyone for all your congratulatory wishes! I appreciate each of you! xoxo

  33. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    Wow Liz that is just a stunning dessert. Making homemade puff pastry has always resulted in a fail for me, stored bought is great. Congrats on the foodbuzz nomination!

  34. Those apples look so good!

    Congrats on the nomination. I voted for you. :-)

  35. Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    Those are just so beautiful! Both my daughters love caramel apples…I’m definitely sure they will love the pastry wrapped version even more!
    Congratulations on the Foodbuzz nomination, Lizzy! So well deserved!

  36. jensfreshandfabulous.com says:

    Lovely and I bet wonderful!

  37. Foodness Gracious says:

    You owe me a new laptop because I can’t get the slobber off the screen, these look triumphant and perfect for this time of year. Thanks for the mention about the sale, your brownies look really good! I appreciate your time and effort also.
    Take care and good luck with Foodbuzz, going to vote right now.

  38. once in a blue moon says:

    oh yeah, now i can drool in public again with you! or is it on you… thanks for letting me and others still play with you :)

    as you know i think this is THE prettiest apple i have seen~

  39. Yes! More apple than crust is best :)

  40. Mmmm these look so beautiful! I have not had a baked apple since last fall and will hopefully have time to make them this weekend! Congrats on your nomination by the way, very well-deserved!

  41. Gorgeous pastry wrapped around the yummy apples, Lizzy! A perfect choice of dessert for family, and especially company.
    Congratulations on being nominated!
    xoxo

  42. Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says:

    Good for you!! congrats! and the pastry wrap caramel apples look fantastic – really amazing :)
    Mary x

  43. Congratulations on the nomination. These are incredible!

  44. These look great Lizzy! What a neat way to improve the simple caramel apple.

    Congrats on the nomination! That’s awesome!

  45. Lovely! what wonderful individually portioned desserts. Love the leaves. Just love it 😀

  46. These pastry wrapped apples are beautiful and perfect for fall! Congrats on the nomination!

  47. Bizzy B. Bakes says:

    You have such wonderful baked goods. I particularly like this. I bought puff pastry today with nothing in particular, in mind. If I have the time, I would love to make this. It looks so special.

  48. Congratulations on the nomination.

  49. Elies_Lie says:

    Those pastry looks so great to have in a dessert breakfast!
    Tq for sharing the recipe lizzy! 😉

  50. Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination and another spectacular dessert!

  51. I have never had a baked apple before. This sounds Wonderful with the puff pastry, and the caramel!

  52. Lizzy – these are incredible! It’s beautiful and a perfect fall dessert!

    Congratulations on your nomination and best of luck to you!

  53. Baker Street says:

    Apple, cinnamon and buttery pastry! What else can one ask for! This looks absolutely divine!

    As luck would have it, i’m hosting an apple blog hop. Hope you’ll share your recipe with us

  54. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons says:

    BRAVO, Lizzy, on that FoodBuzz nomination. Of course you have my vote! What a wonderful idea of the peelings, cinnamon, caramel, pastry – oh and apple 😉
    Love the decor and bet it tastes incredible. Bon weekend J xo

  55. Congrats! That is amazing…You totally deserve it!

    These wrapped apples are so fantastic…so creative and completely genius. I mean it is like apple pie all wrapped up. Delicious!

  56. Vicki Bensinger says:

    These look sensational and so much better than the Pepperidge Farm photo.

    I’ve always wanted to make these but just never got around to it. I definitely will now. Even though they were a bit hard, did they taste fantastic!

    Thank you for sharing. I’m excited to try these.

  57. welcome to our #applelove bloghop! wow, i LOVE the idea of making a simple baked apple schmancier with puff pastry! delicious!

  58. Baked apples are the perfect autumn dessert :)

  59. Oh my god how freakin cute are these apples!! I LOVE them! Sounds so delicious too!! MMmm!

  60. These look absolutely delicious! I made something similar but I filled the middle of the apple with raisins, nuts and spices. Anyway, mine definitely weren’t as charmingly beautiful as yours are for sure. Hmmm, they look fantastic!

  61. This is simply adorable. Congrats on the nomination, Lizzy! I’m off to vote for you now!!

  62. I have never baked an apple in pastry before. What a beautiful presentation. Thank you for the inspiration!

  63. These look lovely Liz…
    congrats on your nomination…off to vote!

  64. Eating Deliciously says:

    These sound so delicious and your presentation is adorable!

  65. Magic of Spice says:

    Congratulations on your nomination :) These are just beautiful and no doubt delicious :)

  66. Julie higgins says:

    These apples look amazing! I may just have to try them AND I just bought a jar of caramel sauce at Trader Joes today…YAY! Congrats on your nomination & thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  67. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com says:

    Love wrapping these in pastry, it’s a vast improvement on the standard Caramel Apple. Looks so good served with ice cream like that! Congrats on your Foodbuzz nomination, it’s certainly well-deserved. Good luck!

  68. AndiWinslow says:

    Beautiful Lizzy….you did a wonderful job….andi

  69. There are some posts you get a feeling about when it comes to Top 9. However, you don’t want to jump the gun. Now I can say, “I knew this was going to make Top 9!” Congratulations Liz!

  70. Wow this looks so delicious and I love the caramel. Congtratulations on the Top 9 and the nomination. Have a great weekend!

  71. Thanks so much, everyone, for all your kind words, wishes and support!!! xoxo

  72. Lizzy,

    Congrats on the #1 Top 9 today! Pure perfection!

  73. Oh how I would LOVE to come to your house for dinner one night :) These look SO amazing!!

  74. They are SO pretty! What a cute (and yummy sounding) recipe :)

  75. Congrats on the nomination and for making Top 9! You have a great blog and the awards are well-deserved!!

  76. This is such a stunning, impressive recipe. Just beautiful! And congrats on the nomination!! Well deserved indeed!!

  77. You right – what a great fall recipe! Not only does it sounds scrumptious – it looks absolutely beautiful! Definitely deserves to be in the Top 9!

  78. what a perfect fall dessert! I love wrapping those apples in puff pastry, when you break open the shell to find an apple and caramel, its a feast for all the senses!
    Well done!

  79. Super congrats on the FB Top 9!! These guys are like little works of art. Yes… I would love one (or two!) Nicely done, Lizzy!

  80. WOW! Gorgeous and they look so heavenly! Great post.

  81. These are gorgeous!! I just love the little leaves. This would be a VERY dangerous treat for me to have around my house…

  82. Dulce Dough says:

    These are so beautiful! Congrats on your well deserved Top 9!

  83. Congratz on the nominations and you really deserve , this caramel apple looks so good and really so pretty , I just LOVE it and also hope you win :).

  84. I can not think of a more divine autumn dessert.
    xo

  85. Lizzy it took about three hours to scroll to the bottom of your comments here; a true testament of how well loved you are! Hopefully you got my tweet of congrats on the award nomimation. Simply fantastic and so well deserved!

    These apples are beyond clever and fabulous. I have never seen anything like them and I’m sure they’d be delicious. A perfect kick off to fall desserts. Bravo!

  86. Congratulations, Liz! Well deserved! Everything you bake is awesome – like these gorgeous puff pasty wrapped caranel apples. 5 star dessert – seriously!

  87. Lola Lobato says:

    They are lovely!

  88. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

    I’m sure this comment is going to get lost in the avalanche, but I wanted to give you a round of applause for your nomination. Way to go, Lizzy. By the way, these apples look amazing. I used to make something similar, but the NEVER looked like this!

  89. These are gorgeous! I have a ton of apples…this may have to happen soon :)

  90. Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart says:

    Guess who made the TOP 3 On
    “Made it on Monday”?….

    YOU!!!!

    These look and sound FABULOUS!
    Thanks for linking up! I cant wait to make these!! YUM!

  91. Is there nothing you can’t make look amazing? The carrots the other day and this today… my god. Im salivating over here!

  92. What a great little present to receive as a dessert! Think of all the possibilities you could fill that little package with–honey, cinnamon, chopped figs or dried cherries, a little wine…I could go on and on!

    The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.com

  93. Congrats for being nominated, you deserve it and trust me you are really a valuable foodie….
    These Apples looks divine, God you are so talented.
    Love it.

  94. LOVE THIS!!!!!! I Love that you went a different way with the normal caramel apples!

  95. Grubarazzi says:

    Oh my word. You made the outside look like the inside tastes like. ack! I love it. genius.

  96. Trish - Sweetology101 says:

    Wow, these are so popular. YOur photos are so lovely and man these have moved to the very top of my fall baking bucket list that is for sure!
    The new Tea Party link is up, look forward to seeing you there! http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-tea-party-ideas-pumpkin-spice-tea.html

  97. Meaghan Luby says:

    What a lovely lovely recipe! Baked apples, sure. CARAMEL baked apples- unusual and supremely GREAT idea! I cannot wait to give this a try for fall. Yummmmmmmmm

    Sorry I haven’t commented in so long! I have kind of fallen off the blogosphere this summer but, I still have been following and still love your recipes and will be a more devoted follower starting now!

    Thanks for always posting such awesome pieces :)
    -Meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

  98. Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice says:

    WOW – this apple pastry is so gorgeous – can’t wait to make it (even tho I know my outcome will look nothing like this – ha.)

  99. Bromography says:

    These look absolutely divine!!

  100. foodies at home says:

    Stunning dessert! This is definitely a show stopper!

  101. Ꮮуռ (ᶬˠ ᶩᶤᵗᵗᶥᵋ ᵐᵋˢˢᵞ ᴻ ᶜʱᵋᵋᵏᵞ) says:

    Congrats on your nomination, Lizzy! I’d already voted the other day when I saw the logo at your sidebar. Good luck and all the best! 😉
    These pastries are SOOOO pretty! I MUST try this in future! ;D
    Have a great week!

  102. Spicie Foodie says:

    Oh Liz, these look to die for! I loved baked apples but never tried them wrapped in puff pastry. Must fix that very soon.

    Thanks for sharing & for being a part of the YBR!

  103. Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    This stunning!

  104. Liz, you’ve outdone yourself here!!! Those are just plain stunning. Congratulations on the nomination too :-) YOu ARE the most valuable! I’ll go vote next conference call when I can work and play – lol.

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