16 November 2012

Caramel Apple Coopers



Floral and Hardy garden designers challenged me to come up with a three course meal using seasonal produce that could be grown in a garden. My garden isn't one of those gardens unfortunately, but I was able to come up with a menu for them.

Starter

Kale & Cheddar Bubble and Squeak, topped with a Soft Poached Egg

Main Course

Rich Mushroom & Onion Pie topped with creamy Neeps and Mashed Tatties

Dessert

Caramel Apple Coopers - a sweet treat named after my sweet child Cooper




These caramel apple coopers are the easiest pastries to make. A fluffy puff pastry case, topped with a type of almond crème patissière, which conceals a gooey dollop of toffee, finished off with a slice of apple and dusted with icing sugar.



The apples slices weigh the pastry down a bit. If you make these without the apple, they rise higher, but personally I like the apple slice on top.


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Caramel Apple Coopers
These dainty pastries flavoured with caramel and topped with a slice of apple are easy to make, but I have to warn you, they are very, very addictive!
Ingredients
  • 1 packet puff pastry
  • ½ tin caramel condensed milk
  • 200g philadelphia soft cheese
  • 40g/1½oz caster sugar
  • 25g/1oz ground almonds
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • enough icing sugar to dust pastries
  • 1 red apple, quartered and cut into thins slices
Instructions
1.Take the pastry out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you start.2. Pre-heat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas mark 6/400f.3. Roll half the pastry out to a square of about 28cm on a floured board.4. Cut out circles with a 8 cm pastry cutter. Be careful not to twist as you remove the cutter. Try for a sharp tap, as they will go a bit awry if they are twisted. Do the same with the rest of the pastry.5. Place the circles on a prepared baking tray, leaving a little room between them.6. Dot a meagre ½ teaspoon of caramel in the centre of each pastry.7. In a bowl mix together the Philadelphia cheese with the sugar and ground almonds.8. In a separate bowl, whisk up the egg and egg yolk then mix into the cheese mixture until well combined.9. Dollop a spoonful of mixture over each pastry, covering the caramel and soothing out, but don't take it quite to the edge.10. Pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the pastry starts to turn a little golden.11. Put on a wire rack to cool. Once cool, dust with icing sugar. 12. Say you will just have one, but be prepared to eat at least 4, if not more.
Details
Total time:  
Yield: makes 36



Disclosure: Floral & Hardy covered the cost of my ingredients. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

35 comments:

  1. Lovely dessert Jac, anything with pastry and caramel will get two thumbs up from me. They look lovely.

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  2. These are so cute!!!
    Happy Friday ♥

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  3. What a lovely sounding meal and those apple & caramel pastries are looking so good Jac!

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  4. Did Coop have a hand in making them too? I can just imagine how tasty they would be and the slice of apple really finishes them off.

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    1. No, he was too busy playing with his garage, or so he told me :)

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  5. naming these after cooper made me smile - they sound fantastic - am really in the mood for apple right now even though it isn't in season now and always in the mood for toffee

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    1. Well you will soon be in our season Johanna. I am looking forward to meeting up. Bring waterproofs and warm clothes :)

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  6. Great menu - love the sound and look of those puds

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  7. Oooooh they sounds very naughty but delicious! I love the idea of having the caramel surpruse in the middle!

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    1. The caramel is lush in these Emmy :)

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  8. I love that you named them after Cooper :)

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  9. I love how you have named these after Cooper :)

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  10. I love the name of these tasty desserts! They look very scrumptious & superb even, dear Jaqueline!
    MMMM! Great pics too!

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  11. LOVE the name of those appley treats Jac! :-)

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  12. These sound and look absolutely yummy and so sweet you named them after Cooper. Could catch on like the Pavlova eh!

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    1. Lets hope so. A bit of a legacy for him :)

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  13. Mmmm I have been waiting for these!! They look spot-on!
    In fact, I wonder if you could do pizza versions too.

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    1. Oh, after our sweet pizza at Bread in Fife. Yes, it would be worth a try, but keep them small I think Louise :)

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  14. Lovely dessert & looks so delicious! Yummy! :)

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  15. I'd been waiting for the recipe for this one. I love that Coop will be able to make his namesake dessert for himself someday. -t

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    1. That is true, lets hope it catches on then. I thought it had a ring to it :)

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  16. Caramel, apple and puff pastry - yes please! Looks so pretty too with the frilly pastry cutter

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  17. I love anything with apple at this time of year. These sound delicious.

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  18. I am so chuffed to trip over your website - beautiful recipes. could these coopers be frozen and kept ready for baking off on the day do you think?

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    1. Thanks Ian and yes I think you could do that. Let me know how it goes, if you do.

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