Hot apple pie is one of life’s ultimate comfort foods. The aroma of sweet cinnamon, the crumble of pastry, the sweetness of apple. Somehow it has the ability to transport us back to our childhoods and wrap us in a warm hug.
My nana’s apple pies were a thing of beauty … and of patience. She would make and rest the pastry dough, stew bitter Granny Smith apples until they were soft and sweet, and assemble everything under a perfectly crimped crust. Sadly, most of us today don’t have the time or the baking talent of our wonderful grandmothers. Which is why this recipe is such a revelation. It only has a few ingredients, it takes just minutes to make, and the only equipment you need is a toastie maker. You’ll be blown away by how simple, quick and tasty this nostalgic treat is!
By using puff pastry, the crust is beautifully light and crisp. Plus, the apple is so sweet that there’s no need to add extra sugar in the filling, making these a healthier option for dessert. And if you don’t have long enough for stewing, using tinned apples is a great way of saving precious time in the kitchen. This recipe really is easy as pie!
- 2 sheets frozen puff pastry (thawed)
- 1 tin apple slices / 1 1/2 cups stewed apple
- 1–2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp oil (e.g. coconut oil / olive oil)
Optional extras, to serve
- 1 tsp icing sugar for dusting
- A portion of ice cream, whipped cream or custard
1. If using fresh apples, remove the skin and core, then dice them. Add them to a saucepan and stew over a medium heat while stirring, until just tender. If using the tinned apples slices, these already have a soft, cooked texture, so you can simply dice them.
2. Add 1–2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the diced apples, to taste. (You can leave this out if you prefer.)
3. Cut each puff pastry sheet into quarters to form four squares.
4. Lightly grease the inside of the toastie maker with oil, then add two squares on the bottom plates.
5. Spoon a quarter of the mixture into each square.
6. Place another square of pastry on top of each and press down gently around the edges to seal.
7. Turn the toastie maker on and cook for approximately ten to fifteen minutes, or until the pastry is golden and crisp.
6. Repeat Steps 4 to 7 with the remaining ingredients to make another batch.
7. For kids, be sure to check the filling is cool enough before serving. For adults, enjoy nice and warm!
You can serve these pies with a lovely dusting of icing sugar and your favourite apple pie accompaniment, such as whipped cream or hot or cold custard. We served ours with this super easy Two Ingredient, No Churn Ice Cream — it’s a game changer!
Other Jaffle Creations
For other fun creations to try in a jaffle / toastie maker, why not give these a go: