This Eggless Salted Caramel Apple Cheese Danish is the perfect way to enjoy one of the best gifts of the fall season, Apples!!! Made with store-bought puff pastry, this easy dessert is super delish and makes a nice change from the usual apple pie.
Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
On a floured surface, unfold one pastry sheet. Place pastry on the baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, poke dough inside the markings.
Bake until golden, about 12- 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Slightly press down with your hands the inside to make room to place the filling. Reserve.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook apples until crisp-tender, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle over apples 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, cinnamon, and the nutmeg; mix until incorporated. Cook for 2 more minutes; set aside.
Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed the cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flour and vanilla until smooth.
Carefully spread cream cheese mixture over baked pastry. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese mixture. Drizzle with salted caramel sauce.
On a lightly floured surface, unfold the remaining pastry sheet. With a sharp knife or a pizza cutter cut the pastry sheet into 5 equal size strips. Then cut them in half. You will end up with 10 strips. Weave a lattice pattern over the filling with the pastry strips (see notes below). Trim any excess pastry. Lightly press edges of top pastry to edges of bottom pastry.
Lightly brush pastry with milk. Sprinkle coarse sugar over pastry.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until pastry is slightly puffed and golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Serve slightly warm.
Lattice pattern: Lay 5 strips of dough over parchment paper. Starting in the center, weave 1 new strip under and over the strips. Weave a second strip, this time weaving over then under. Repeat, weaving strips across. Return to center, and repeat with remaining dough strips to form a lattice pattern. This video is really helpful. For a no-fuss version just place the second pastry sheet over the apple mixture. Lightly press edges and cut a few slits in pastry to allow steam to escape.Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce LOOKING FOR MORE EGGLESS RECIPES?
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and warm before eating if desired.Recipe adapted from [Better Homes and Gardens★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.