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Individual Servings of Apple Walnut Frangipane in Puff Pastry

You will surely delight your family and friends with individual servings of apples, walnut frangipane and puff pastry all served up in adorable mini-cast iron skillets. This recipe is easy to make at home with just a few ingredients needed.

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What’s not to love about a puff pastry dessert with it’s light, crispy and flaky texture? Yes, you can make your own puff pastry, but when you are short on time just purchase it from the market in the frozen dessert section. It is no small task to make puff pastry from scratch!

I remember making puff pastry in baking school. I can still visualize the 12 of us working for hours by banging dough and pounds of butter with our rolling pins, then rolling, folding and chilling the dough multiple times. Although this process yields spectacular results, most of us don’t have the time to make it. You can make a ‘quick puff’ pastry but the results will not be the same.

The recipe creates a show-stopper dessert your family and friends will ask for time and again. You may even assemble a day before you need them, pop them in the oven for 15 minutes and – voila – everyone gets an individually served freshly baked dessert.

You will need to make a half batch of my Walnut Frangipane recipe to place under the apples. It bakes up and around the apples creating a base and adding a ton of flavor. The recipe is simple to make and any leftover frangipane may be frozen for up to 3 months.

How to Make the Walnut Frangipane

  • Place the brown sugar and softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (note: a hand mixer may also be used).
  • Begin mixing the brown sugar and butter together on medium speed. Continue to mix until the mixture is lightened and creamy (approximately 3 – 4 minutes). Scrape the bottom and side of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the ground walnuts and granulated sugar and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Begin adding the room temperature eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed until combined. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl between each addition.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder.

How to Assemble the Pastries:

  • Defrost a sheet of puff pastry in the refrigerator. Once defrosted, lightly flour a work surface and roll puff pastry sheet large enough to cut 6 square 5″ x 5″.
  • Place each square of pastry into a mini cast iron skillet. The desserts may also be baked without the skillets by placing on a baking sheet or in a large muffin tin.
  • Place 3 tablespoons of walnut frangipane into each pan over the puff pastry dough.
  • Layer apple slices on top of the frangipane.
  • Fold the puff pastry over itself leaving small openings to allow the steam to escape while baking.
  • Lightly whip an egg and, using a pastry brush, apply to the top of each pastry. Sprinkle lightly with raw sugar or granulated sugar.
placing walnut frangipane and apples in pastry
Place frangipane and apples in the puff pastry
assembling apple walnut frangipane in baking dishes
Fold the puff pastry leaving gaps for steam to escape
apple dessert in puff pastry assembling step
Apply an egg wash and sprinkle sugar over the top of the pastry
Puff Pastry Dessert Recipe

Apple Frangipane in Puff Pastry

Delight your family and friends with individual servings of apples, walnut frangipane and puff pastry all served up in adorable mini-cast iron skillets.
5 from 23 votes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2.5 Ounces  Ounces Ground Walnuts  (⅓ Cup)
  • 2 Ounces Light Brown Sugar (¼ Cup)
  • 4 Ounces Butter, room temperature (1 stick)
  • 2 Large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1.5 Ounces all-purpose flour (¼ Cup)
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Sheet Puff Pastry Store bought is fine,
  • 2 Apples Granny Smith or Honey Crisp or Fuji
  • 1 Large Egg, lightly whipped
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Sugar For sprinkling over pastry prior to cooking

Instructions
 

Make Walnut Frangipane

  • Place the brown sugar and softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (note: a hand mixer may also be used).
  • Begin mixing the brown sugar and butter together on medium speed. Continue to mix until the mixture is lightened and creamy (approximately 3 – 4 minutes). Scrape the bottom and side of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the ground walnuts and granulated sugar and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Begin adding the room temperature eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed until combined. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl between each addition.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder.

Assemble and Bake

  • Preheat oven to 400° (F)
  • Peel apples (or wash well). Cut thin slices of apple (⅛" thick.)
  • Lightly dust work surface and rolling pin.
  • Roll puff pastry sheet large enough to cut 6 square 5" x 5"
  • Place each square in one of the individual-sized cast iron skillets. Note: these treats may also be made free-form or in a large muffin tin.
  • Place 3 TBSP of Walnut Frangipane in the center of the puff pastry squares.
  • Place 6 – 8 apple slices on top of the frangipane.
  • Pull each corner of the puff pastry square to meet in the middle on top of the apples. Be sure to leave a little opening to allow steam to escape.
  • Lightly brush egg wash over the exterior of the puff pastry. Sprinkle with raw sugar (optional).
  • Bake 18 – 20 minutes. Puff pastry should be well risen and well browned.
  • Cool approximately 15 – 20 minutes before serving. These are best served the day they are baked.
Keyword apple dessert recipes, apple puff pastry desserts, Frangipane walnut
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20 Comments

  1. Amber Myers

    Reply

    Yum, this is my kind of dessert. I tend to love all apple things. I can’t wait to try this.

  2. Joline

    Reply

    These look delicious and perfect for fall! Plus, I love baking with puff pastry.

  3. Tara Pittman

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    These look so delicious. I do love puff pastry so I will have to make these.

  4. Marysa

    Reply

    What a neat recipe! This looks delicious and it is fun to try out some new recipes.

  5. Richelle Milar

    Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! What a really nice recipe! Love it!

  6. Heather

    Reply

    You had me at puffed pastry. This looks delicious and perfect for fall weather.

  7. MELANIE E

    Reply

    5 stars
    Oh wow, these sound like wonderful desserts. I’ve never had walnut frangipane before. I normally have it made from almonds. These sound sooooo good.

  8. Catalina

    Reply

    5 stars
    Mmmmm…. I am drooling over this dessert! It’s everything I need right now!

  9. Beautiful Touches

    Reply

    This looks delicious and fun to make! I love that they’re in personal sized pans!

  10. Renee

    Reply

    This sounds so good. Hubby is allergic to nuts though so I would have to find something different for that part of it.

  11. Lynndee

    Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever had this before. I will have to save your recipe for later. Bet those are good!

  12. Everything Enchanting

    Reply

    Yum yum! I am literally drooling over these 😍! I can’t wait to try out them!

  13. Abida

    Reply

    5 stars
    I never thought that such a wonderful recipe can be made by apples thanks for this.

  14. Marie Gizelle

    Reply

    Beautiful! They’re like apfelstrudel but smaller and easier to serve. Thanks for the recipe, perfect for autumn afternoon tea!

  15. Sara B

    Reply

    5 stars
    I made these in ramekins and turned out really good. My kids liked having their own servings. Those mini pans are so cute…I wish I had these!

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