Friday, February 17, 2012

Caramelized Apples and Cream Cheese Pastry

I was passed along this recipe from a dear friend of mine. Let’s just call her Eileen. She brought it to class one night and of course I loved it! Before leaving class she promised to email the recipe and insisted it was the easiest dessert to make. I thought “yea right, everyone claims to have easiest recipes for desserts.” The first time I ever made this recipe it literally took me five minutes. Since then, I have made this recipe and adapted it ten different ways. Now I won’t have you sit here to listen to all ten, but I’ll share one. J
The original recipe calls for two layers of crescent rolls and two bars of cream cheese. Just imagine making, two layers of dough filled with this delicious cream cheese mixture in the middle, and topped with cinnamon and sugared apple slices on top. I know. Super easy, right?! Well one day, I sent someone to the store. Won’t mention any names, but he came back with only one package of crescent rolls. I thought “now what do I do?” I wasn’t going to send him out again considering that NFL was on, and that is essential to watch when managing various Fantasy Football leagues. I know. I’m so nice. So I figured I would work with what I had. I ended up using one layer of crescent rolls as the crust and one and a half bars of cream cheese and baked according to the recipe. Instead of placing the sliced cinnamon and sugared apples on top of the cream cheese mixture, I ended up cooking them aside, for fear of having the dessert turn soggy. As you can see, this recipe is easy and can be modified in different ways. This dish is perfect for those work pot lucks we always sign up for, yet kick ourselves in the butt when we have to make it the night before. Or better yet, when unexpected guest come over and you’re scrambling to put a frozen pie in the oven. Hey…..! I’m not judging. I’ve been known to put a frozen pie in the oven too! But why not try making something new, simple, and delicious? Nobody has to know that you just made the easiest dessert possible. That’s just between us!
Caramelized Apples and Cream Cheese Pastry (Pictured)

1 package of crescent rolls
1 ½ bars of cream cheese
1 cup of sugar
¼ of a teaspoon of vanilla
¼ of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3 medium size Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
¼ of teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350, and spread one layer of crescent rolls onto a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla until smooth and well mixed.
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over crescent rolls and bake 18 minutes.
  4. In a skillet, melt the two tablespoons of butter and add in the two tablespoons of light brown sugar.
  5. Add in the sliced apples and cook until fork tender.
  6. Pour apples over cream cheese pastry when ready to serve.


Original Recipe

2 packages of crescent rolls
2 bars of cream cheese
1 ¼  cups of sugar
¼ of a teaspoon of vanilla
¼ of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3 medium size Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of light sugar
¼ of teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350, and spread one layer of crescent rolls onto a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and ground cinnamon until smooth and well mixed.
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture over crescent rolls and lay the second layer of crescent rolls on top.
  4. Melt the butter in a bowl and spoon over top layer of crescent rolls.
  5. Arrange sliced apples on top of the crescent rolls and sprinkle the ground cinnamon and sugar over the apples.
  6. Bake for 18 minutes or until dough and apples have slightly browned.

Source: Adapted from E.G.

2 comments:

  1. When are you inviting me over to try these???? OMG!!! THey look delicious!!

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  2. Any time lady!!They are so good! Perfect thing to eat while catching up!! :)

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