If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in the morning while also honing your culinary skills, consider this recipe for an apple and cream cheese pastry. Here is what you’ll need to get started:
- A pair of 8 oz. capacity crescent rolls
- A single, softened 8 oz. brick of cream cheese
- A single can of filling for an apple pie
- One quarter cup of powdered sugar
- A single egg yolk
- Half a tsp of vanilla extract
- Half a cup of powdered sugar and two to three tsp of milk
You will also require a circular baking tray, a whisk, a mixing bowl, a spatula or wooden spoon and some non-stick spray. Start your prep work by preheating the oven to 350 degrees (F), and liberally coat the baking tray with your non-stick spray.
Free the crescent rolls from their cylindrical containers and arrange 12 of the triangular pieces of dough around the rim of the tray; placing them so that the points all face the center. Then you will smush the sides together so that they create one connected ring of dough. After you’ve established the base, combine the cream cheese, egg yolk, vanilla and half of the sugar in your mixing bowl. You will want to whisk until everything is evenly mixed together. Spread the mixture over the outer edge of dough ring up to half an inch from the edge. Evenly layer the pie filling over the cream cheese mixture and then bring the pointing inner ends of the dough over the confection. Finish your prep work by cutting your last four dough triangles into thirds; use these dough “fractals” to patch up the dozen holes surrounding the ring of dough, but not to the point that the filling is completely sealed up.
Put the baking tray into your oven for 25-30 minutes or until it reaches that iconic golden brown color. Leave it out to cool for a period of time between 10 and 15 minutes. While the resulting pastry may seem like it has reached perfection, the remaining ingredients should clue you in to the need for adding an extra touch of deliciousness. Indeed, use the remaining sugar and your milk to create a glaze for the apple pastry. The amount of milk you use will have an effect on how thick the glaze will be. Serve the glazed deliciousness by slicing it into triangles.