Appelbollen (Baked apple in puff pastry)

    Theses little pastries are called appelbollen in the Netherlands, which translates to apple balls or apple bulbs. Apples are filled with a mixture of cinnamon, sugar and raisins, wrapped in puff pastry and baked in the oven until they're golden brown. Usually served warm as a snack in the afternoon with tea, coffee or hot cocoa!


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    Ingredients
    Makes: 4 appelbollen

    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons raisins
    • 4 small cooking apples
    • 4 puff pastry squares (enough to wrap around an apple)
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • extra sugar to garnish (optional)

    Method
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Mix caster sugar, cinnamon and raisins in a small bowl and set aside.
    2. Peel the apples, but leave them whole. Use an apple corer to make a hole in the middle and remove the seeds.
    3. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Light grease an oven dish.
    4. Place each apple in the middle of a puff pastry square. Fill apples with sugar-raisin mixture and fold puff pastry around the apple to seal it.
    5. Brush pastry with egg and sprinkle with sugar (optional). Cut a little hole in the top of the pastry to release steam during baking. Place the apples in the oven dish and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.

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