Heart of Gold

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 6 Golden Delicious apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar in the raw or white granulated
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces gold leaf
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Roll out the thawed puff pastry until it's about 1/4-inch thick. Using a small heart shaped cutter (about 3 inches at its widest point), cut out 4 heart shapes. Cut out another 4 hearts and using another heart shaped cutter, about 1/2-inch smaller, cut out the center of 4 hearts, leaving just the outsides of the hearts. Throw away the centers or reserve for another use.

  • Brush all the solid heart pieces with beaten egg. Then place a cut-out heart on top of each solid heart and brush with beaten egg. Using a fork, lightly pierce the pastry, (this will help prevent the pastry from bubbling as it bakes).

  • Transfer hearts to a sheet pan and place in the preheated oven. Bake until golden brown and fluffy. Usually around 10 minutes, depending on your oven.

  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

  • Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. In a large skillet over medium heat add the sugar and heat until sugar starts to turn a golden color, add the butter and apples and cook until apples are tender but not mushy, around 3 to 5 minutes depending on thickness of apples. Remove from heat.

  • To finish, place the cooked pastry heart in the center of each plate and spoon the cooked apples with the sauce over the hearts.

  • Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and gold leaf.


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