You are going to really impress your family and friends this holiday season with this Apple Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Braid with delicious cream cheese filling.
Apple Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Braid
Every now and then you find a dessert that is so delicious you can’t believe just how easy it is as well. That’s the case with today’s recipe for Apple Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Braid. It sure is a long title for a recipe, right? But I had to get everything that’s in the recipe into the title. It’s just that delicious.
I made this recipe a few times recently. The first time was when our son was home from college a few weeks ago and we had family over for dinner. I made the recipe in the morning and couldn’t help myself but had to cut a little piece off the end to try it. It was amazing.
But like every time when I make a recipe for company, I never get to take photos that are “worthy of the blog.” So I had to make the recipe again and pay attention to all the steps to get the proper photos. I think they turned out great, but you’ll never know how delicious this is until you make the recipe yourself.
Best Apples to use for Baking
My favorite apple to use for baking is Golden Delicious, but Baldwin, Cortland, Northern Spy and Idareds all hold their shape well during cooking and taste delicious in different recipes. A good tip is to mix a few different apples in recipes to come up with the flavor you and your family like best.
For more info on the best apples to use for baking and eating, check out my article I wrote on Apples a few years ago.
I encourage you to buy some puff pastry this weekend and make this recipe! I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving again…yes, along with the apple pie, we will have this Apple Cream Cheese Caramel Braid.
How to Make Apple Cream Cheese Caramel Braid
How to Create the Braid
How to Bake the Braid
- 1 sheet puff pastry; defrosted
- Caramel sauce
- 1 egg white beaten to use on top of the pastry braid.
- 1 to 2 tablespoons white sugar to sprinkle on top of the pastry braid before baking.
- 2 large apples; peeled cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 8 ounces cream cheese; softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
In a medium bowl, combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add the thinly sliced apples and toss to coat. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside and prepare the puff pastry.
Carefully unfold the sheet of puff pastry. Place on top of a sheet of parchment paper and roll lightly with a floured rolling pin until it is 1/4 inch thick. Transfer the puff pastry with the parchment paper to a baking tray.
Add the cream cheese mixture down the center of the puff pastry only.
Arrange the apple slices on top of the cream cheese mixture.
Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, begin slicing diagonal strips down both sides of the puff pastry being careful to leave a 1/2 inch border around the cream cheese and apple slices. You should get around 8 to 10 strips depending on the length of your pastry braid.
Starting at one end, begin folding the strips over the apples, alternating sides to "braid" the dough.
Continue to fold the dough strips until the apples are covered. Tuck the end strips under.
Brush the pastry braid with the beaten egg white and sprinkle the top with 1 to 2 tablespoons white sugar.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool slightly before drizzling caramel sauce on top.
Slice and serve.