Puff Pastry Apple Danishes

apple danish
Leah Maroney
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 danishes (6 servings)
Ratings (17)

Apple danishes are so pretty, sweet and simple. They are a cinch to make, and they look beautiful!

I used to love eating them with a steaming cappucino on cold, early spring mornings when I was studying abroad in Italy.  There they are called Sfoglia di Mele.  Sfoglia referring to the "sheets" of pastry and mele meaning, "apple."  They are just slightly sweet and are the perfect grab and go breakfast.  I love apple breakfast dishes!!  They're not just for pies!!

They only require a few ingredients...apples, frozen prepared puff pastry, sugar, and butter!  The danishes take less than five minutes to assemble and bake for about 20 minutes! 

 I make a good sized batch of these and either freeze them or store them in an air tight container.  On cold mornings, I pop them in the toaster oven and take them with me in the car!  It doesn't get any tastier or easier than that! 

They would also be very pretty served on a brunch or breakfast table spread.  You can make them even more beautiful by sprinkling them with some coarse sugar or a coating of raspberry jam before baking them.  Dust some powdered sugar over the top after they have cooled slightly and you've got a show stopping, professional looking danish! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 package puff pastry (frozen)
  • 1 apple (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg (beaten
  • Optional: powdered sugar for topping

How to Make It

  1.  Thaw the frozen puff pastry sheet according to the package directions. Make sure to not leave it out for two long, or else it will become sticky and difficult to roll. 
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface, into a large and even rectangle. (do your best with this one, mine are always a little crooked!)
  4. Cut the puff pastry into 6 equal sized rectangles using a pizza cutter (it works best, by a knife is also fine!)
  1. Place the rectangles on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Make sure there is a little space in between them.
  2. Poke holes in the center of each rectangle using a fork (about four times). 
  3. Brush the center of each rectangle with the melted butter.  
  4. Sprinkle equal amounts of the sugar over the melted butter.
  5. Place about 4-5 thin slices of apple over the center of each puff pastry rectangle. Whisk the egg with the tablespoon of water. Brush the edges of each pastry square with the egg wash.  
  6. Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy! Let cool and store in an airtight container.  You can also sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired!