Today, we're going to show you how to make some (delicious) Apple Pockets!
SO yummy and pretty, don't you think?
You can make these for a fun summer party or for your own personal feast (we wouldn't judge you).
Both are pretty good excuses to make them.
These were super fun to make, they did take a little while, but that's most likely because we made the recipe as we went, so there was some trial and error. AND it only took under an hour! The best part is, most of the ingredients were avaliable at home! The only thing we had to buy were the walnuts and the puff pastry.
Everybody came back for seconds and even thirds - that's how you know you've got a winner.
Lets get started:
18- Bite size
What you'll need:
- 5 Cups of diced green apples. (about four apples). We used green apples, because they're tangy rather than sweet. Trust me, once you add the caramel, you'll be glad you went with green.
- 1 Cup of Sugar. Just regular sugar, we tried to use everything we already had in the kitchen.
- 2/3 cup Walnuts. Or any nut you prefer. Unsalted.
- 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon.
- 1 tsp. Nutmeg
- Pinch of Salt.
- Puff pastry sheet. We bought a ready-to-bake box of two sheets from Pepperidge Farm, but if you want to make it yourself, more power to ya!
- Peel and dice the apples and set them aside. You wanna get them pretty small you can get the most filling per pocket. Also, you probably already know this but since I freaked out I'll put it on here anyways: if you're apples start getting red-ish while they wait - it's cool.
- In a wide sauteed pan pour the sugar and turn up the heat to medium-high or high, depending on your stove. Melt the sugar by stirring or swirling the pan constantly until it's lightly brown like caramel.
- Add the apples to the sugar, still on high heat. Let the apples cook with the sugar, stirring every once in a while. The sugar will get really hard when you put the apples in, since the apples will be so much cooler than the sugar. Again, it's ok. Just have to wait until the whole thing is hot again and stir, stir, stir.
- When the apples are tender and the pan is a little dry, remove them and let them cool. They will be so very hot so be really careful.
- Dice up your walnuts. Pretty small so you have a lot of filling per pocket. They sell diced walnuts as well, but the halved ones were cheaper and we just used a little food processor we have to dice them up.
- In a fresh pan toast the walnuts lightly until the aroma starts coming out.
- Add the walnuts to the apple mixture. If it's a bit dry, swirl a little bit of water in the pan you made the filling in and pour it over the entire mixture.
- Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F.
- Roll the puff pastry sheet to about 14 x 7. Trim it and divide into 9 squares (each square 4 x 4). Split each square in half diagonally for a total of 18 triangles.
- Add about one ounce of filling to the center of your triangle. Fold in one corner, dab a little water and fold in the other to make a cute little envelope. Roll the bottom a bit to seal. It takes practice, the first few will look pretty funny, but don't worry, after like the third one you'll be a pro.
- Place them in a lightly greased baking sheet and pop them in the oven (Remember, 350 degrees) to bake until they have puffed up and are slightly browned. Let them cool for a minute or so before serving.
If you want them nice and golden, brush them with a little egg wash, they'll be real pretty (top three) but not as flaky (bottom three) and in my opinion, not as yummy - but by a very small margin.
Some of our younger guests chose to dip them in whipped cream, those were pretty delicious too, and as you probably guessed-- they were ecstatic about it!
Don't forget to comment and tell us how it went with this recipe, if you enjoyed it, or what other things you might have tried with it.