Apple Cinnamon Cottage Cheese Pastries

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • Cottage cheese - 180 grams (6.5 ounces)
  • Butter - 180 grams (6.5 ounces)
  • Sugar - 60 grams (2 ounces)
  • Flour - 200 grams (7 ounces)
  • Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla sugar - 1 packet
  • Salt - a pinch

For the filling:

  • Apples - 3
  • Sugar - 1 tablespoon
  • Butter - 20 grams (0.5 ounce)
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon

For brushing:

  • Egg - 1

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl

    Essential for mixing your ingredients smoothly. A non-slip base can be helpful.

  • Rolling Pin

    Ensures your dough is evenly flattened. Chill it before use to avoid sticking.

  • Skillet

    Used for preparing your apple filling. Non-stick is ideal for easy cleanup.

  • Baking Sheet

    Perfect for baking your pastries to golden-brown perfection. Line it with parchment paper for easy removal.

  • Pastry Brush

    To brush your pastries with egg wash for a shiny, golden finish. Remember to clean it thoroughly after use.

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare the dough

Beat cottage cheese with softened butter, sugar, and vanilla sugar.
Add flour, salt, and baking powder.
Knead into a soft and pliable dough.
Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate.

Step 2

Prepare the filling

Peel and chop the apples.
Cook them with butter and sugar in a skillet until some of the liquid evaporates.
Add cinnamon, mix well, and let it cool slightly.

Step 3

Assemble and bake

Roll out the dough.
Cut out the desired shapes and place the filling in the center.
Cover with another piece of dough, sealing the edges with beaten egg.
Brush the pastries with egg for a golden crust.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180-200°C (350-400°F) for about 20 minutes.

Servings

Imagine this: your table adorned with a plate of warm, aromatic apple pastries, the scent of cinnamon filling the air. These pastries are incredibly versatile and make for delightful serving options:

✨ **Serve Warm**: They're best enjoyed warm, right out of the oven. Pair them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a heavenly contrast of temperatures.

🍯 **Drizzle with Honey**: For an extra touch of sweetness, drizzle some honey on top of your pastries. This adds a delightful stickiness and rich flavor.

☕ **Perfect with Coffee**: These pastries are excellent companions to your morning coffee or afternoon tea. The rich pastry and the tart apple filling perfectly complement a hot beverage.

🍽️ **Breakfast Delight**: Serve as part of a luxurious breakfast. Add some fresh fruit, yogurt, and a handful of nuts for a balanced meal.

🎉 **Festive Occasions**: These pastries can be the star of your dessert table at festive gatherings. Decorate with a light dusting of powdered sugar for a professional touch.

However you choose to serve them, these apple pastries are sure to bring smiles to your table!

Variations

Are you looking to make these pastries gluten-free or vegan? No problem! Here are a few variations that will let everyone enjoy these treats:

🥳 **Gluten-Free Option**: Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free baking blend. Ensure the blend contains xanthan gum to maintain the dough’s elasticity.

🌱 **Vegan Option**: Replace the butter with a vegan-friendly alternative, such as coconut oil or vegan margarine. Instead of using an egg for brushing, you can use a mixture of almond milk and a bit of maple syrup for that golden finish.

Faq

  • Why is it important to refrigerate the dough?

    Refrigerating the dough helps the ingredients to meld together and makes the dough easier to roll out. It also ensures a flakier pastry.

  • Can I use a different type of filling?

    Absolutely! While the apple-cinnamon filling is classic and delicious, you can substitute it with other fruits like pears, or even savory options like cheese and spinach.

  • How can I prevent my pastries from sticking to the baking sheet?

    Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat will help prevent sticking and make cleanup a breeze.

  • Can I prepare the filling in advance?

    Yes, you can prepare the filling up to a day in advance. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

  • What is the best way to store leftover pastries?

    Store any leftover pastries in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. For longer storage, keep them in the refrigerator or freeze them; just reheat before serving.

  • How can I ensure my dough is rolled out evenly?

    Consider using a rolling pin with adjustable thickness rings or roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper for consistent thickness.

Nutrition facts

Apple Cinnamon Cottage Cheese Pastries
Recipe Yield:12 pastries
Calories:Approx 200 calories per serving
Calories (Min - Max):180 - 220
Total Fat:12g
Saturated Fat:7g
Protein:3g
Total Carbohydrate:20g
Total Sugars:10g