Somehow this always seems to happen to me when the pantry is utterly empty and the stores are closed. Sweet cravings. Those cravings are few and far between for me -I don’t really have a sweet tooth, thank God- but when they do strike, oh boy, they strike with a vengeance. They’re so relentless I’ll often find myself eating half the dough even before I’ve baked the cookies.
Sadly enough stores in Holland are (almost) always closed on Sunday. What can I say? We’re still living in the middle-ages here and a 24 hour economy hasn’t yet been discovered. It’s medieval to come between me and my sweet cravings, medieval, I tell you! Not that it really mattered – it’s a gray, rainy and windy day, and well, staying cooped up in a warm house is far more appealing to me than riding my bike out in the rain.
But there’s still hope for us ‘Dutchies’, as long as there’s apples and frozen pastry (pie or puff) sheets. If you must surrender to sugary things, this isn’t a really bad and unhealthy way to do it either. It also makes for a pretty good dessert!
4 pie or puff pastry sheets
Preheat your oven to 400 (200C).
Frozen pastry sheets are divine intervention at times like this. I used pie sheets, mainly because that’s what I happened to find in my freezer, but this is absolutely great with puff pastry as well, maybe even better. Thaw 4 sheets.
I would normally go for sweet apples, but didn’t have any on hand. I thought the granny’s I stole borrowed from my 2-year-old would be a little too acidic, but was pleasantly surprised with the result. Peel the apples.
Disclaimer: the water on the apples is completely superfluous and only serves a photographic purpose. There’s no sense in washing apples that you’re about to peel, so don’t be like me :)
Take the core out.
Thinly slice the apples anyway you like. I usually cut the apple in half and then slice it, it’s easier to layer that way. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the slices.
Now you don’t have to add pineapple, but I like mixing fruit up. That and I still had two slices left from a can I used the other day, perfect way to use the leftovers. Is there anything more tasty, sweet and fragrant than pineapple? Just the smell of it sends me straight to the Carribean.
Now grab you pastry sheets and start layering the fruit. I’ve never been good at this – I just lack any form of creativity when it comes to baking. I ‘d make a lousy pastry chef, but that’s ok, it’s the flavor that matters.
Sprinkle a little sugar on top, get some in between the layers as well and finish with a hint of cinnamon. Come to think of it, it would be much easier to just sprinkle the sugar on top before layering them. Story of my life, in hindsight I always think of something that would have been easier! Maybe that’s the beauty of hindsight.
Now sprinkle some brown sugar on top. It will turn the top golden brown during baking. I went for medium brown sugar rather than dark brown. Why? Your guess is as good as mine, it just felt right at the time. That’s my only excuse.
Put a little butter on top. Just a tiny bit – don’t overdo it, there’s really no need for that. Butter is simply an ingredient like anything else, in moderation it adds to dishes, but it won’t give you flavor in and of itself, just heart attacks.
Pop them in the oven for roughly 25 minutes or until golden brown.
In the mean time, kick back and relax. Lie on the couch and stare out the window. It was all I could do since this has been my view all day! See why I needed an emergency pick-me-up now? It’s actually dark here during the middle of the day. All this rain, we never had a real summer this year and went straight from spring to autumn!
Meet ‘Bubba‘, as my boy so ‘respectfully’ calls him. Bubba isn’t bothered by the rain, Bubba isn’t bothered by anything. Bubba’s got it made.
Now this was definitely worth the wait and immediately brightened up a dark and gray day. Grab a nice cup of tea, add a lemon slice, stare a little more out the window and eat. That’s all there is to it. You eat, therefore you are, right?