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Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Danish from Our Best Bites intro You all know I’m just as obsessed with the pumpkin spice craze as the next person (maybe even more-so, and my obsession started long before it was trendy!) but I think with all of that hype, another fall flavor combo often gets overlooked:  Apple-Cinnamon!  If you’re a fan of fresh pastry, but too scared to ever attempt to make your own, this is for you.  Store-bought puff pastry dough (found in the freezer section of the grocery store) makes bakery quality delicacies totally doable at home.  This one has both a sweet cream cheese layer, and a layer of cinnamon apples tucked away inside, with a crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping.  If that doesn’t scream fall is here, I don’t know what does.

Start by rolling out your puff pastry and lining a baking sheet.  Take note of the pan size in the directions, it’s a little smaller than a sheet pans most people use for cookies and baking so you might want to measure yours to make sure you’re using the right size.

Our Best Bites_Pastry lined baking sheet

Bake it in the oven and it will puff up all over.  I would actually suggest using a fork to poke some holes in the pastry before baking to cut down on this a little.  If not, I poked a few after and it naturally sunk back down flat.

Our Best Bites_Puffed Pastry in Oven

Next, you’ll spread a cream-cheese-cheesy-cake-like mixture onto the pastry

Our Best Bites_Cream Cheese Layer on Pastry

and on top of that goes a layer of sliced apples that have been sauteed with sugar and spices.

Our Best Bites_Sauteed Apples on Danish

Use the second layer of pastry to cover that all up and seal the edges.

Our Best Bites_Prebaked Apple Danish

The top gets brushed with a little milk and sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar.  The addition of coarse sugar is awesome here.

Our Best Bites_raw sugar

You can see how nice and thick those big granules of sugar are.  They add an amazing sweet crunch to the finished pastry.

Our Best Bites_raw sugar in a bag

Once it’s baked up for a final time, it will be beautiful and golden.

Our Best Bites_Baked Apple Danish

Slice it up any way you like.

Our Best Bites_Baked Apple Danish Sliced

You can get 12 large size pastry triangles, or 24 smaller ones.

Our Best Bites_Baked Apple Danish Cut

The outside is flaky and buttery, and the inside is sweet and creamy, with those sweet bites of cinnamon apples.

Our Best Bites_Baked Apple Danish Plated

It’s the perfect fall goodie!

Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Danish from Our Best Bites

 

 

 

 

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