Homemade Apple Sauce Filled Puff Pastry Pinwheels

These are tasty treats that can be a snack, a dessert, or even a breakfast. Serve them warm with a little scoop of ice cream to create a mini pie à la mode. If you are planning to make this as a breakfast prepare them the night before and all you have to do is warm them. If there is any leftover apple sauce filling serve on the side for dipping or as a snack for a later time. Ingredient amounts will make 18 pinwheels as shown.

Ingredients

2 apples peeled, cored and chopped into half inch dice about 2 cups
1 1/2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of water
1 package of Pepperidge Farm brand puff pastry sheets
Non-stick cooking spray
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Technique

Make apple sauce filling first. Most any kind of apple will work for the apple sauce, so choose your favorite. Peel, core and chop apples into half inch dice. Set aside. In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and water and whisk so no clumps are present. Add apples, stir, reduce heat to low and simmer until apples are soft, about 30 – 45 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove from stove and cool. Mash or blend to desired texture. Set aside.

Remove dough from package and place on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Once dough has thawed enough to unfold, do so. If it has thawed too much it will end up sticky and difficult to unfold. Cut puff pastry sheet into 9 squares. First cut along the two crease lines and then cut each of the 3 rectangles into 3 squares for a total of 9 squares. Then cut into each corner of each square about 1 1/2 inches. Let dough thaw a little more if it hasn’t already, it should take about 15 minutes. Place a teaspoon of apple sauce on each of the squares. Once all are filled, create the pinwheel. Take every other cut corner to the center of the square, pinch tightly to secure dough in that shape. It should look like a pinwheel, but if it doesn’t it will still taste good. See technique Creating Puff Pastry Pinwheels. In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Lightly sprinkle each pinwheel with the mixture. Place into a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, or until puff pastry is puffed and browned. Remove and serve as is, with a scoop of ice cream or of drizzle of honey.

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