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Custard-stuffed Danish apples

We’ve just reimagined the Danish pastry by making an apple the star of the show. Stuffed with warm, gooey custard and sprinkled with cinnamon, we can’t think of a better winter dessert. And that puff pastry lattice casing? Stunning!

Allergens: Recipe may contain gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, milk and soy.

5 Ingredients


  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed

  • 4 small Granny Smith apples, peeled

  • 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 60ml (1/4 cup) thick vanilla custard, plus extra, to serve

7 Method Steps


  • Step 1

    Place a large piece of baking paper on a clean work surface. Cut pastry sheets

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    (2 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed) into 5mm-wide strips. Arrange half the strips, side-by-side, across the paper. Arrange remaining strips side-by-side in the opposite direction, weaving to create a lattice pattern. (You should end up with a lattice square approximately 30 x 30cm). Cut lattice square into 4 squares (approximately 15 x 15cm).


  • Step 2

    Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  • Step 3

    Use a melon baller to scoop out core of each apple (4 small Granny Smith apples, peeled) (do not to scoop all the way through).

  • Step 4

    Combine sugar (70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar) and cinnamon (1 tsp ground cinnamon) in a small bowl. Add apples and toss until combined.

  • Step 5

    Place 1 lattice square over the top of an apple, gently pulling the 4 corners of the pastry together underneath to join. Use your hands to mould the pastry around the apple. Make a small hole in the pastry at the top of the apple. Repeat with remaining pastry and apples.

  • Step 6

    Transfer apples to prepared tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pastry is light golden. Fill each apple with custard (60ml (1/4 cup) thick vanilla custard, plus extra, to serve) and bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until pastry is golden.

  • Step 7

    Serve with extra custard.
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Recipe Notes

For an extra sweet hit, drizzle maple syrup over the apple just before serving.

Image by Tiffany Page

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