This Puff Pastry Apple Pie is a delicious take on the Classic Apple Pie. Made with puff pastry, apples and a brown sugar mixture. It makes the perfect apple dessert! Serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream.
Discovering I had a roll of puff pastry in the fridge and a couple of apples to use up, I was on the look out for an interesting way to use them. I have already made a simple Cinnamon Apple Tart, so I thought why not a pie? So after searching I found one that caught my eye and I have to say the Italians did not disappoint!
- Puff Pastry – either store bought or Homemade Puff Pastry
- Apple –
- Lemon juice – fresh is always best
- Brown sugar – packed, I use light brown sugar
How to make it
Roll out the puff pastry, cut a circle about 2 inches larger than the Pie Plate, the remaining two inch circle cut in two down the middle then cut each half circle in two, cutting circular.
You will have 4 strips. Place the circle in the prepared pie pan, refrigerate while slicing the apples.
Remove the core from the apple, but do not peel. Cut into quarters and be sure to make thin slices, place in a bowl toss with a little lemon juice (it keeps the apples from browning). Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together in a small bowl.
Remove the pastry from the fridge and brush it with milk and prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork. Roll the apples slices in the sugar mixture then place them all around the boarder.
Add a strip of pastry around the apple slices, and continue until you reach the middle. You can finish the middle with a puff pastry rose, which is just a strip of pastry rolled up.
Bake until golden. Let cool to warm and serve. This is delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or as the Italians do, a dusting of powdered sugar.
If you want to go all out drizzle with a Maple Caramel Sauce or even a plain Caramel Sauce. The Italians loved it!
What are the best apples for baking a pie?
You are going to want an apple that doesn’t become mushy while baking, these are the perfect choice. Northern Spy, Jonagold, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Golden delicious, Gala, and Granny Smith apples. I usually reach for Gala apples.
Tips for making the Puff Pastry Apple Pie
If you can’t get a big enough size of puff pastry sheets then use 2 round ones. Or you could make your own puff pastry using this easy Homemade Puff Pastry Recipe.
If you don’t have a springform pan then its best to line the pan with parchment paper.
I used an 8 inch springform pan for this recipe.
Be sure to slice the apples thin enough, too thick and they probably won’t cook.
This pie is best served warm and the same day it is baked.
How to store it
This pie is best eaten the day it is made and even better warm from the oven. If there are leftovers, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. It can be warmed in the microwave or a low temperature oven for about 5 minutes. It will keep in the fridge for two days.
How to freeze it
It is best to freeze an unbaked pie, although baked can also be frozen. To freeze an unbaked pie, be sure to completely wrap it well in plastic wrap, best to wrap it two times, then place in a freezer safe bag, be sure to write the date on the bag. The pie should be baked frozen, this will keep it from becoming soggy. Pre-heat the oven, then remove the pie from the freezer and bake. It probably will take a bit long to bake.
To freeze a baked pie, be sure to cool it completely, wrap it well in plastic again two times is best. Place it in a freezer safe bag and freeze. Both baked and unbaked should keep up to four months in the freezer.
It’s done when it’s a golden color and puffy, it should not be wet and doughy.
Puff pastry should be as cold as possible when baking, so a good idea would be to chill the pie in the fridge while the oven is pre-heating. About 15-20 minutes.
So if you are looking for a different and delicious way to make an apple pie I hope you give this Puff Pastry Apple Pie a try and let me know how it goes. Enjoy!
More Apple Recipes to try
Puff Pastry Apple Pie
- 1 roll puff pastry
- 1 large apple (unpeeled, cored, quartered and thinly sliced)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2/3 cup brown sugar (packed) (147 grams)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 400F (200C). Grease and flour an 8 inch springform pie pan . Or line a non springform pan with parchment paper.
- Roll out the puff pastry*, cut a circle about 2 inches larger than the pie plate , the remaining two inch circle cut in two down the middle then cut each half circle in two, cutting circular. You will have 4 strips. (see photos) Place the circle in the prepared pie pan, refrigerate while slicing the apples.
- In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. set aside.
- Remove the core from the apple, but do not peel. Cut into quarters and be sure to make thin slices, place in a bowl as you cut and toss with a little lemon juice (it keeps the apples from browning).
- Remove the pastry from the fridge and brush it with milk and prick the bottom with a fork. Roll the apple slices in the cinnamon mixture, then place them around the boarder, then add a strip of pastry around the apple slices and continue until you reach the middle. You can finish the middle with a puff pastry rose (which is just a strip of puff pastry rolled up). It's a good idea to chill the pie in the fridge while the oven is pre-heating approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Bake at 400F (200C) for 15 minutes then lower the temperature to 350F (180C) for approximately 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool to warm or serve room temperature, serve. Enjoy!
*If you can't find puff pastry large enough then two round will work perfectly.
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Adapted from Ricette.it Updated from September 18, 2020.
Lenny Bivona says
A great idea on the apple pie!!!!! 2 Thums up! Grazie….
Hi Lenny, thanks so much. Take care and have a great weekend!
Linda C says
OMG – I can feel the added pounds already. Your recipes sound amazing. Can’t wait to try. Having trouble deciding which to do first.
Hi Linda, haha thanks. Let me know what you try. Take care.
Hi Rosemary, I made the puff pastry apple pie last night and it is really GOOD! I only had one medium apple and I guess my pan wasn’t 8 inches. I ran out of apple so I tossed raisins, some chopped walnuts and some sliced almonds into the brown sugar spice blend and put it in the center of the pie and baked it. I also made a mistake, added the lemon into the brown sugar mix and it was a paste but worked fine; added more lemon over the apples. It’s the BEST! THX Want to try he potato focaccia today.
Hi Jeannie, thanks so much, great idea when you ran out of apple slices. Let me know how the focaccia went. Take care.