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Braided Apple Puff Pastry

  • Author: Garianne Gagliardi
  • Total Time: 20 mins


  • 1 sheet puff pastry – thawed
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup apples, peeled and chopped cinnamon + sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400º F
  2. Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Unfold one pastry sheet onto your lined cookie sheet. I use a silicone baking mat but parchment paper works too.
  4. Cut 1-inch strips from the center out along each side.
  5. Smear the cream cheese mixture evenly on the middle section only.
  6. Cook down your apples on the stove for about 10 minutes with some sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Add your apple filling to top of the cream cheese.
  8. Fold the notches up and over the center, then fold each strip over the fruit, overlapping and alternating, creating a braid.
  9. Beat egg yolk to use for egg wash on the top of the braid. Using a pastry brush, paint on a light coat covering the pastry. Sprinkle the top with a little more cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Bake for about 18 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
  • Category: Dessert