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Quick 3-Ingredient Apple Danish

Who can resist the alluring combination of fresh apples encased in a crisp, buttery pastry? With its roots in Danish traditions, this minimalist 3-Ingredient Apple Danish is an effortlessly charming treat. A surefire hit for breakfast or snacking, this pastry doesn’t just boast simplicity in ingredients but also in preparation.

Tasting Tip: To experience it at its prime, savor this Danish fresh out of the oven. Its allure is perfectly complemented by a steaming cup of coffee or a cool glass of milk. And if you’re feeling particularly indulgent? A splash of caramel or a spoonful of vanilla ice cream takes it to another level of deliciousness. For a more rounded meal, partner it with fresh fruit slices or a light salad.

Tips for Perfect 3-Ingredient Apple Danish:

Choose the Right Apples: Opt for apples that are firm and slightly tart, such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp, for the best flavor and texture in your Danish.
Keep Puff Pastry Cold: Puff pastry dough can be temperamental, so it’s essential to keep it cold until ready to use. Work quickly to prevent it from becoming too soft and difficult to handle.
Seal the Edges Securely: Ensure that you seal the edges of each pastry parcel tightly to prevent any filling from leaking out during baking.
Prevent Soggy Bottoms: To avoid soggy bottoms, drain the cooked apples well and allow them to cool before assembling the Danish. Excess moisture can make the pastry soggy.
Adjust Sugar to Taste: Taste the cooked apple mixture and adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference. Some apples may be sweeter than others, so it’s best to taste and adjust as needed.
Serve Warm: Apple Danish is best enjoyed warm from the oven when the pastry is crisp and the filling is gooey. If reheating leftovers, a few seconds in the microwave or a brief stint in a preheated oven can revive their deliciousness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use pre-made puff pastry sheets?

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A: Yes, pre-made puff pastry sheets work perfectly fine for this recipe and save time in the kitchen. Just make sure to thaw them according to the package instructions before using.

Q: Can I add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to the apple filling?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to customize the apple filling with your favorite spices to enhance the flavor profile. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and even a pinch of cloves can add warmth and depth to the filling.

Q: Can I make these ahead of time and freeze them?

A: Yes, you can assemble the Danish parcels ahead of time and freeze them before baking. When ready to bake, simply place them in the preheated oven straight from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Q: Can I use other fruits besides apples?

A: While apples are traditional for Danish pastries, you can experiment with other fruits such as pears, peaches, or berries for delicious variations. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time and sugar amount accordingly based on the fruit’s sweetness and juiciness.

Q: How do I store leftovers?

A: Store any leftover Apple Danish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat them in the oven or microwave before serving to restore their crispiness and warmth.

Quick 3-Ingredient Apple Danish

Quick 3-Ingredient Apple Danish

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  • 2 2 puff pastry sheets

  • 2 medium 2 apples (peeled, cored, and quartered)

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 baker’s sugar (keep a bit extra for a final dusting)


  • Warm your oven to 425°F.
  • In a saucepan, simmer the apple quarters in water for about 4 minutes or until they just begin to soften. Drain water, mix in sugar, and allow the mix to cool.
  • Segment each pastry sheet into six equal rectangles.
  • Dampen the edges of a rectangle, then center your sweetened apple. Top it off with a slit pastry piece.
  • Press the edges together to form a sealed parcel. Make all six parcels this way.
  • Position the pastries on a parchment-covered baking tray. Lightly dust with sugar.
  • Bake for a crispy, golden perfection over 12-15 minutes.
  • Relish the freshly baked Apple Danish while it’s still warm to capture its full essence. If there are any leftovers (a rare occurrence!), store in the fridge in a sealed container. Warm them up slightly before serving next time, and they’ll be as good as new!
  • Enjoy!

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