Caramelized Apple Waffle Pastries with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

A caramel apple is a sweet treat I’ve always admired from afar.  It’s the sort of thing that “looks” appealing to eat… all of that gooey caramel wrapped around a crunchy, juicy apple- sometimes even rolled in toasted nuts or, better yet, M&M’s.  But it’s also the very treat that I’m unwilling to tackle eating.  The idea of trying to navigate through a thick layer of caramel and manage a bite that leaves your face a mess of sticky goo and dribbles down your chin is entirely unappealing to me.

Instead, I caramelize apple slices, which is a much neater, safer way to eat fall’s favorite fruit.  Here’s my latest very simple dessert creation, utilizing Puff PastryCaramelized Apple Waffle Pastries with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

First step:  Caramelizing the apples
Peeling the apples is the most time consuming part of this recipe.  I like to use Granny Smith’s.  Peel them, core them, and cut them into wedges.  They’re sauteed in butter, sugar and spices, with a touch of cornstarch to thicken the syrup and a splash of vanilla for flavor.  They simmer in that buttery, sugary mixture for about 15 minutes, until the apples are tender, caramelized and swimming in thick, cinnamony juices.   Set the mixture aside to cool down.  
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Second Step:  Preparing the waffle pastries
Frozen Puff Pastry (thawed) is used for this dessert.  Simply cut down the two seams to make three large rectangles, then cut each rectangle into three equal pieces.  You’ll end up with nine rectangles.  Heat a waffle iron and spray with nonstick spray.  Sprinkle each piece of Puff Pastry with cinnamon-sugar and set into your waffle iron.  Close and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden.  Repeat with the rest of the Puff Pastry and set the waffles aside.
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Third Step:  Prepare the whipped cream
Whip heavy whipping cream until thick and stiff peaks form.  Stir in a half teaspoon of vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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Ready to assemble:
Place waffle pastries on platter and top with caramelized apples.  Drizzle pan juices on top.  Pipe whipped cream on top of apples and serve.
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The best part about this recipe is that it can be prepared ahead.  Everything can be served cold.  If you’d rather serve it warm, top the steamy apples with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of hot, caramel syrup.

The complete, printable recipe can be found here: Caramelized Apple Waffle Pastries

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34 Responses to “Caramelized Apple Waffle Pastries with Cinnamon Whipped Cream”

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    Michelle — October 1, 2009 @ 4:18 AM

    Oh, I am so wishing I could make this right now. What a great idea to use puff pastry in the waffle maker. I would never have even thought of that. You’re so creative!

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    Kimmie — October 1, 2009 @ 4:27 AM

    That is a great idea!!

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    grace — October 1, 2009 @ 4:57 AM

    my stars above. forget chicken and waffles. forget apple pie. okay, maybe i won’t take it that far, but dang, this is a delight! my drool glands are working overtime (and not getting paid).

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    Sarah — October 1, 2009 @ 5:33 AM

    Love this! Seems pretty simple. I wish I came up with this.

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    Sophie — October 1, 2009 @ 7:23 AM

    What an excellent recipe this is!!

    MMMMMMMMM,…a lovely autumn dessert!!

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    CrystalsCozyKitchen — October 1, 2009 @ 7:09 AM

    These look so delicious, what a great idea!

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    Kara — October 1, 2009 @ 8:18 AM

    Oh dang, now I am hungry again!

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    Fuji Mama — October 1, 2009 @ 7:51 AM

    These look amazing! Now I’m going to be craving these ALL day, darn you!! I love that you make them in the waffle iron!

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    Maria — October 1, 2009 @ 8:03 AM

    Mmmm! I really want to make these, but I shouldn’t:) What a treat!

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    patsyk — October 1, 2009 @ 8:47 AM

    Like you, I’m not a fan of traditional caramel apples… too hard to eat! I love this idea and I know my kids would live it, too!

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    Jenny — October 1, 2009 @ 10:19 AM

    Wow this looks incredible! How clever and delicious! Especially that whipped cream. Thanks for sharing!

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    Christina@BoyishChar — October 1, 2009 @ 12:43 PM

    Oh wow! These look SO tasty!

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    snooky doodle — October 1, 2009 @ 11:59 AM

    Delicious!!

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    Barbara — October 1, 2009 @ 12:13 PM

    What a fun idea! Love the pictures of the apples cooking – I can almost smell them!

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    nina — October 1, 2009 @ 12:41 PM

    It is almost 11 pm and I am having serious midnight cravings…What a joy this waffle would have been!!!

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    The Duo Dishes — October 1, 2009 @ 2:27 PM

    This is totally breakfast!

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    Manggy — October 1, 2009 @ 3:26 PM

    Warm please (except for the cream) :) Did you enter this in the contest? It’s sure to win!! :)

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    Tracy @ Sugarcrafter — October 1, 2009 @ 4:20 PM

    Oh my, this looks absolutely divine! And I have puff pastry left over from the DB challenge that I could use for this! :-)

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    Janice — October 1, 2009 @ 4:49 PM

    Yikes. My stomach is growling over this recipe. I just got some lovely apples from my CSA today and will give this recipe a try this weekend. Can’t wait!

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    Mandy — October 1, 2009 @ 10:01 PM

    I just saw your luscious recipes on bettycrocker.com, you did such a great job with the cereals! I’m impressed! I’ve been following you for awhile, so I figured I should quit lurking and say hi.:)

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    VeggieGirl — October 2, 2009 @ 3:24 AM

    CARAMEL APPLE TOPPING?!??!??! Stop it – that is just too amazing. Holy yum!

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    Katrina — October 2, 2009 @ 3:53 AM

    What a fun idea and looks de-lish. I’m starving right now and this looks like just what would take care of that! ;)

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    RobinSue — October 2, 2009 @ 4:44 AM

    This is a beautiful recipe. I had no idea about using puff pastry for the waffle! So quick, easy and elegant! We do love a good caramel apple but I must slice mine up first since they are so messy to eat.

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    Laura — October 2, 2009 @ 8:54 AM

    I am so making this one. Love the idea of cooking it in the waffle iron

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    Barbara — October 2, 2009 @ 9:30 AM

    Super delicious idea! My tummy is grumbling just looking at your photos!

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    Lucy — October 3, 2009 @ 3:04 AM

    Oooh good gosh! This lovely dessert looks just perfect for the cold autumn nights…I think I’m in love :D

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    Amanda — October 3, 2009 @ 6:38 AM

    Looks superb! Your recipes are always fabulous and the pics are awesome. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Katie — October 3, 2009 @ 7:00 AM

    What a creative idea! These look delicious…can’t wait to try it!

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    megan — October 3, 2009 @ 7:33 AM

    I love that you used the waffle iron. I would have never thought of that. What an easy and delicious looking dessert! I gave it a thumbs up!

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    Leslie Green — October 3, 2009 @ 6:26 PM

    Oh wow..I would have never in a million years thought to put puff pasry on the waffle iron! GENIOUS!

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    Rebecca Driver — October 6, 2009 @ 6:47 AM

    Love it! Thanks so much for sharing this really cool idea using Puff Pastry. I want to try to enter the contest.

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    Sasha — October 7, 2009 @ 7:09 AM

    This was amazing. I made it last night – it was so quick and easy. Everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing.

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    Justin — October 9, 2009 @ 9:38 AM

    This recipe looks so impressive! And simple enough to do before I have guests over! Puff Pastry Waffels just made it to my dessert menu!

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    Christy Jordan — October 24, 2009 @ 3:57 AM

    This is the most GORGEOUS and BRILLIANT idea I have ever seen with puff pastry!

    I wish I could make one of those and just freeze it in time to use as a permanent centerpiece at my dinner table! I MUST try these soon.

    Thank you so very much for making my mouth water and my tummy growl!
    Gratefully,
    Christy
    P.S. It looks so easy, too!