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APPLE & CREAM CHEEZ PASTRY


It's apple harvest time and that means desserts right? This puff pastry braid makes simple look fancy. Braiding puff pastry is pretty easy but I had to look up how to do it. I used Go Veggie brand vegan cream cheese and Wewalka brand puff pastry found in the refrigerated section. Yum


INGREDIENTS

1 sheet vegan puff pastry, thawed

3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and roughly chopped(approximately 4 cups)

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbsp lemon juice

4 Tbsp sugar

1.5 Tbsp flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

8 oz vegan cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

A little plant milk to brush pastry

1-2 Tbsp turbinado sugar


DIRECTIONS

1. Stir together apples, lemon juice and salt in a medium saucepan. Add 3 Tbsp sugar and flour and stir again. Over medium heat, cook apples for 7 to 8 minutes. Set aside until cooled to room temperature.


2. Using a hand or stand mixer, cream together 1/2 cup sugar with vegan cream cheese and vanilla.


3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Unfold puff pastry onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread cream cheese mixture down center of puff pastry lengthwise. Top cream cheese with apple mixture.


4. Use a sharp knife to cut strips on a diagonal along both sides of puff pastry; about 12 strips on each side. Fold the strips over the top of the apple & cream cheese mixture to create a braided look, until all of the strips are in place. Seal both ends with a little water. (Look up braided puff pastry online for examples).


5. Brush pastry with a little plant-based milk then sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until pastry is golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing.



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