I think these apple walnut pastry puffs are adorable, if I do say so myself!! They look like mini purses – just like the one my sister made me for my wedding. Little pouches bursting with apple walnut goodness. I was inspired to make these apple treats in honor of Rosh Hashanah next week. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and a very festive time of year for Jews. Rosh Hashanah, along with Yom Kippur are the holiest of Jewish holidays so I like to make a little extra fuss over the food we eat on these holidays.
Apples Dipped In Honey
Apples and honey, (or agave, for us vegans), are traditional foods eaten during these holidays. They are eaten to usher in a “sweet new year.” I am hosting two dinners before the services on each of these holidays this year, which is always a little chaotic as I rush to cook, serve, and clean up before heading to Temple. These apple walnut pastry puffs are the perfect treat to eat on the run! They are small enough to hold in your palm, (or stash in your purse for the ride to Temple – LOL!).
I am a big fan of puff pastry when it comes to sweet treats. It is super versatile and easy to use, and if I am being honest, it looks beautiful no matter what you do to it. It’s a heck of a lot easier than making my own pie crust, which I never do! I prefer Aussie’s brand, which is eggless and dairy-free.
It’s All In the Filling
For the filling in these apple walnut pastry puffs, I reinvented my haroset recipe from Passover – an apple/nut mixture that is spread on matzah. For this recipe, I used only red apples (I use red and green for my haroset), and used pomegranate juice instead of grape juice. I also added a tad of agave to sweeten things up a bit more. We are going for a sweet new year here!
Each pastry sheet makes 6 puffs, so you get a full dozen treats from one package of puff pastry. To make things extra special, I brushed some melted Earth Balance over the puffs and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar before baking them.
I cannot emphasize how easy these are to make, and they look so elegant! You can prep and bake these within 30 minutes if you thaw the puff pastry before hand. Now, I have to brainstorm a dinner menu that rises to the occasion of these apple walnut pastry puffs! I hope you love these as much as I do, and for those of you celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Shana Tovah!
- 1 package puff pastry (dairy and egg free)
- 2 red apples (any variety), finely chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 pomegranate juice (or juice blend)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbl agave
- 2 tbl Earth Balance, melted (or other non-dairy butter)
- Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
- 1. Thaw puff pastry for about 45 minutes. Roll out and cut each sheet into 6 squares.
- 2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- 3. Combine the apples, walnuts, juice, cinnamon, and agave in a bowl.
- 4. Place a heaping spoonful of the apple mixture in the center of each pastry square. Gather the sides and pinch together in a "purse."
- 5. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
- 6. Place on a cookie sheet with cooking spray and bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Do you love baking with puff pastry? Please tell me your favorite way to use to cook with it in the comments below.