Pecan Apple Croissant Wreath

Pecan Apple Croissant Tart

I don’t really do desserts. It’s not that I don’t like them, in fact I really do. The problem I have, is that being small in stature, I only have to sniff anything naughty and I gain a few more pounds. So I know, I know, it’s really really bad that I’m posting this. And yes, I am also guilty of eating it!

Pecan Apple

It wasn’t my fault. I had to make something when we had guests for dinner last week and buying something was not an option as they made a French delicacy of plum and Rum tart, which is local to the area, when we went to them. Now this is really easy, and, importantly decadently sinful. You’ve got to give it a go!

I have to hold my hands up and admit that the croissant wreath is an idea from Pampered Chef: http://pamperedchef.comI often make up my own savoury fillings but, as croissant dough is quite sweet, I thought it would go well with a sweet filling too.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2 tins of croissant dough
  • 6 apples, peeled, segmented and cut into three
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (freshly grated is better!)
  • 50g packet pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • beaten egg to glaze

Directions:

  • Lay 1 packet of croissant triangles around a pizza stone with pointy ends out.
  • Lay the other packet opposite with pointy ends in. You might want to visit the site! (I’m not trying to sell anything but it’s not my idea!)
  • Put the butter, sugar, apples (squirt lemon on the apples while you are preparing to stop them going brown), and spice in a microwavable bowl and cook on full power for 4 minutes.

Pecan Apple (3)

Pecan

  • Spoon the mixture evenly around the dough ring. It doesn’t matter if it looks messy at this stage. It’s supposed to ooze out!

Pecan (3)

  • Take an outside piece of dough and wrap it over at an angle and tuck in on the inside. Next take an inside piece. Repeat.

Pecan (4)

  • Glaze with beaten egg and stick in the oven at 190 C or Gas 5 for about 25 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  • You could add a few chopped nuts to the top for extra crunch but be careful it doesn’t burn.

Pecan Apple (2)

You can serve this hot or cold but I like it warm,  served with vanilla ice-cream and the whole dirty lot drizzled with salted caramel sauce! Yes I know I could make it but it’s one thing that is easy to buy here so it would be rude to make my own!

Pecan (2)

I hope you like this and give it a go. It’s a great change from apple pie or crumble. Best of all, it always gets an ‘ahhh’ when it comes to the table. I guarantee that this is a plate clearer!

Please let me know what you are doing with apples this year as I have a tree full of them.

Thanks for reading,

Amanda

xxx