Deceptively Easy Apple Almond Puff Pastry

Disclaimer: I am not a baker.

puffMy mother was an amazing baker and I have many childhood and teen memories being in the kitchen with my mother baking cookies.  I recall rolling dough, portioning cookies onto a cooking tray, asking to “lick the beaters” of our hand mixer and enjoying her delicious homemade sweet treats.
These days I ccasionally I enjoy a dessert when I am out at a restaurant but that’s about they extent of  my interaction with baking.
We have a new product at Ingles Markets, Wewalka Pastry Doughs ( http://wewalka.us/).  Unlike other pastry dough that is in the freezer you can find this in the refrigerated dairy department.  I had in mind making apple dumplings but as I was assembling all of the ingredients:
Wewalka puff pastry
1 Granny Smith Apple (peeled, cored and sliced thinly)
3 TBSP Postre Sea Salt Caramel Sauce ( or use  your favorite caramel sauce)
1/2 cup sliced almonds (divided)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg yolk
1 TBSP water
1/2 TBSP brown sugar

I thought, how about an apple puff pastry…even easier!
From start to finish including baking time this was 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1. Roll out Wewalka puff pastry dough onto baking sheet. Since it comes with its own parchment paper you don’t need any!(Brilliant, right?).
2.  Cut it in half.
3. Drizzle caramel sauce on both halves.
4.  Put sliced apples on one of the halves and sprinkle with half of almonds and cinnamon.
5.  Put other half of puff pastry on top (caramel side down) and crimp edges.
6.   Beat together egg yolk and water and use this to brush pastry top.
7. Sprinkle top with remaining almonds and brown sugar.
8.  Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
9.  Remove, cool and then eat.
So you will look like a total superstar if you present this at your next dinner or family gathering…and no one has to know how easy it was.

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