You already know that I’m totally in love with fall. So bring on all the pumpkin and apple recipes!
One of my favorite things to do on these perfect sunny fall weekends in late September and early October is to go outside for a walk or a bike ride, and then bake something warm when I come back. I looove cake and sweets with my afternoon coffee! For fall, of course any baked goods need to contain apples, pears, or plums.
So here’s a super easy little apple Danish braid. It takes about 20 minutes to make, baking included, so it doesn’t really get any simpler than this. And it only needs 6 ingredients! The amount of sugar depends a bit on how sweet or sour your apples are, so if you’re using a more sour variety, just add a little more sugar to balance it out.
Easy apple mascarpone Danish braid
1 roll of puff pastry (from the cool section, not frozen)
3 medium-sized apples
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
100g mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese)
Roll out the puff pastry. Roughly separate into three parts (do not cut) along the long side, so you can put the filling in the middle and fold the sides over to make the braid. Peel the apples and cut into small chunks. In a small cup, mix sugar and cinnamon together until combined. Add about half of it to the apples, maybe add a dash of lemon juice, if you have any at hand, and mix together. Spread the mascarpone cheese in the midle section of the puff pastry and distribute apples on top.
Now, to make the braid, cut the left and right sections into small strips (about 1.5cm/ half an inch) at a ca. 45 degree angle and loosely fold them over the filling.
In a small bowl, whisk up one egg and brush it over the braid and sprinkle the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture on top. Bake according to instructions for the puff pastry (around 15-20min at around 200 degrees Celsius).
Serve the braid while it’s still warm. It tastes great on its own, but if you want to add some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, that’d work beautifully as well!
What’s your favorite fall apple recipe? Let me know in the comments below, I’m always looking for inspiration!