These pillow puffs are just the cutest little things to make! They’re perfect to whip up if your short on time but longing for an apple pie. Cooking the apples for about 15 minutes or so before hand makes certain the apples are tender, not too mushy and the pastry has a chance to brown, not burn. Using the pre-made pastry cuts down on the prep time so these can be whipped up in about 45 minutes…tops!
Makes 5 pluse a few more little ones
4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons butter
2 nine inch ready made pie crusts
cold water, a few tablespoons
Special equipment: 4 ¼ inch round cookie cutter
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Melt the butter in a medium sized skillet. Add the apples, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until the apples are very tender but not mushy (you don’t want applesauce!).
Un-roll crusts on a floured surface, cut out ten “pillows” using the cookie cutter, place five on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spoon apples on to “pillows.”
Roll out the remaining five “pillows” so they are slightly larger than the bases. Brush a little water around the edges of the “pillow” bases. Top with remaining pastry and use a fork to crimp down the edges of each “pillow.” Bake for 15-20 minutes until the “pillows” are golden brown. Cool then sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Serve with ice cream!!!
It’s All Delicious notes: I used my ravioli cutter and made little apple squares with the scraps of pastry. They were so cute too!