Frozen puff pastry is extremely versatile; this spiced apple pastry can be easily customized with your favorite jam flavor (I used peach), favorite type of apple (I love Gala for this), and any warm spices you love (think: ground ginger in place of nutmeg). Frozen puff pastry will come to room temperature in about an hour on your kitchen counter, so plan accordingly. No need to peel the apples, just make sure to wash the fruit before slicing.

Spiced Apple Puff Pastry

Spiced Apple Puff Pastry

by Teresa Finney

Yield: makes one 9×13-inch pastry; or 6 servings
Prep/active time: 15 minutes
Bake time: about 30 minutes



  • 1⁄3 cup preferred jam
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 2 gala apples, washed, cored, and sliced into 1⁄4-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 egg yolk (for egg wash)
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon demerara sugar, optional


1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add your preferred jam and a splash of water; heat just until steaming and set aside.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the defrosted puff pastry to about 9×13 inches.
4. Using a small paring knife create a 1-inch border around the edges of the pastry. Dock the bottom of the pastry with a fork and transfer to the fridge while you prepare the apples. (If a large baking sheet will not fit in your fridge, you can simply place the unrolled puff pastry sheet in the fridge while you prep the apples. Remove from the fridge, roll out the pastry, then continue with the recipe.)
5. In a large mixing bowl, add both sugars, the all-purpose flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and whisk to combine. Add the sliced apples to the spiced mixture and squeeze in half a lemon. Toss everything together.
6. Remove the pastry from your fridge and brush the jam all over the bottom of the pastry.
7. Arrange apples on top of the jam in a single layer. You might have apples leftover, in which case you can use with the other sheet of frozen pastry, if you’d like (most packaged puff pastry comes in two sheets).
8. Gently fold the edges of the pastry over the apples to make a crust.
9. Brush the egg wash over the pastry crust, then sprinkle with the demerara sugar, if using.
10. Bake pastry for 30 minutes or until the edges of the pastry have browned to your liking.
11. Brush any remaining jam on the apples after pastry has come out of the oven.
12. Let pastry cool just slightly before serving.


  • Use this recipe as a guide.
  • Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.
  • Taste test as you go.
  • Have fun in the kitchen!

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Teresa Finney is a recipe writer living in Atlanta with a passion for gardening and good food. Check out Teresa’s Twitter page for more recipes, food inspiration, and more!

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