I think these apple walnut pastry puffs are adorable, if I do say so myself!! They look like mini purses – just like the one my sister made me for my wedding. Little pouches bursting with apple walnut goodness. I was inspired to make these apple treats in honor of Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and a very festive time of year for Jews. Rosh Hashanah, along with Yom Kippur are the holiest of Jewish holidays so I like to make a little extra fuss over the food we eat on these holidays.
Apples Dipped In Honey
Apples and honey, (or agave, for us vegans), are traditional foods eaten during these holidays. We eat them to usher in a “sweet new year.” I am a big fan of puff pastry when it comes to sweet treats. It is super versatile and easy to use, and if I am being honest, it looks beautiful no matter what you do to it. It’s a heck of a lot easier than making my own pie crust, which I never do! I prefer Aussie’s brand, which is eggless and dairy-free.
The filling in these apple walnut pastry puffs is a reinvented haroset recipe from Passover – an apple/nut mixture that is spread on matzah. Each pastry sheet makes 6 puffs, so you get a full dozen treats from one package of puff pastry. To make things extra special, I brushed some melted Earth Balance over the puffs and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar before baking them.
You can prep and bake these within 30 minutes if you thaw the puff pastry before hand. So simple and elegant!
Apple Walnut Pastry Puffs
- 1 package puff pastry (dairy and egg free)
- 2 red apples (any variety), finely chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts , chopped
- 1/4 pomegranate juice (or juice blend)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbl agave
- 2 tbl Earth Balance , melted (or other non-dairy butter)
- Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
Thaw puff pastry for about 45 minutes. Roll out and cut each sheet into 6 squares.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the apples, walnuts, juice, cinnamon, and agave in a bowl.
Place a heaping spoonful of the apple mixture in the center of each pastry square. Gather the sides and pinch together in a "purse."
Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Place on a cookie sheet with cooking spray and bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.