Following the pear tart i made two weeks ago, i found myself exploring more fillings for the puff pastry. Having the dough ready made (knowing that It’s not difficult to make at all, but time consuming), It doesn’t need too much pastry skills, it just takes someone who loves “les viennoiseries”.
This apple braid is the kind of sweet that i like albeit not too sweet. The combination apple cinnamon has it all!
- 400g puff pastry
2 red apples (gala), core removed, washed and sliced
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cinnamon (or more, to taste)
1 egg, beaten, for egg wash
granulated sugar, for sprinkling
Mix apple with sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and set aside. Preheat oven to 180°C.
Roll the pastry dough into a 30 cm x 30 cm square. Lightly divide it (without cutting) into 3 equal rectangles. Using a rotary cutter or simply the pizza cutter cut about eight strips, on the side rectangles. Leave the center rectangle intact. Remove the corner sections from each of the 4 corners strips.
Spread the apple cinnamon in the center section of the pastry. Fold the top flap down over the filling. Start by folding the top right strip over the filling slightly diagonal and press lightly to adhere. Then fold the top left stripe in the same manner. Repeat with the remaining strips until you reach the end, but before folding the last two strips make sure you folded the bottom flap.
Whisk the egg with one tbsp of cold water and brush the top of the braid then sprinkle with the sugar and bake for 20 mns or until golden and flaky.