When I’m baking, I really prefer to make everything from scratch. However, there are some occasions when you want, or need, to whip up a quick little treat, and that’s when a few little shortcuts can come in real handy.
The shortcut for these Easy Apple Danish Pastries, is using tubes of refrigerated biscuits for the dough. (like Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits)
The apple filling can even be prepared in advance, and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble and bake the pastries.
Not only are they quick and easy to prepare, but these pastries really taste great.
In fact, I just made them about an hour ago, and I’ve already eaten two. ;)
4 apples – peeled, cored, and chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons apple pie spice
2 tablespoons water
2 tubes of refrigerated biscuit dough
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 teaspoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray, or line with parchment paper.
For Filling: In a saucepan, combine apples, sugar, apple pie spice, and water. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until apples are soft and syrup has thickened. Remove from heat and cool for 10-15 minutes.
For Danish: Open biscuit tubes. Remove one section of biscuit dough from tube and stretch it out a bit. Make an indent in the center of the dough, for the filling. Place dough on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat the procedure with the remaining pieces of biscuit dough.
Place 1 tablespoon of apple filling in the indent of each biscuit.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly on wire rack.
Prepare glaze by combining powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk in a small bowl. Stir until smooth. Drizzle warm pastries with glaze; if desired.
Makes 16 pastries.
Note: Leftover filling can be used to top ice cream, or pancakes.
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