Äpfel im Schlafrock (Apples in their dressing gowns)

Baked apples wrapped in buttery pastry are sweet and simple. You can use store-bought pastry or try our classic recipe below. 

Ingredients

4 small firm apples
1 cup chopped dates (or sultanas) and walnuts (optional)
butter pastry (see below) or store-bought puff pastry, cut into four 15–18cm squares
jam, to glaze 
icing sugar, to serve

Serves 4 

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). 

Butter the base of a baking dish large enough to hold the apples or line the dish with baking paper.

Peel and core the apples, and fill with the dates, or sultanas, and nuts, if using.

Place each apple in the centre of a pastry square and wrap it by taking each corner of the pastry across the top of the apple. Squeeze together the pleats of pastry that form on the sides and trim off the excess to leave a neat seam. You can reroll the excess pastry and cut it into decorative shapes to adorn the apple, if desired. Pierce the pastry in several places with the tip of a sharp knife to prevent it splitting during cooking. Transfer the apples to the baking dish and brush the pastry lightly with the jam. 

Bake for 20–30 minutes, or until the apples have softened to your liking (test with a skewer) and the pastry is nicely browned. (If the apples need longer but the pastry is browning too quickly, lower the temperature and cook for a little longer.) Allow the apples to rest for a few minutes before dusting them with the icing sugar, then serve. 
 

Classic butter pastry*

220g plain flour
1 teaspoon caster or icing sugar (optional)
100g butter, cut into small cubes and chilled
2–3 tablespoons iced water

Combine the flour and sugar, if using, in a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in 1 tablespoon of iced water, then add more water, a teaspoon at a time, to form a firm but smooth dough. Roll the dough into a ball, cover it in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into four pieces and roll out each piece on a floured board to the desired size and thickness. 

*This pastry recipe is not from the Seidler collection. 

Translation from the original German

Apples in their dressing gowns

Whole apples, small where possible.

Cores removed, wrapped in square butter pastry sheets, a dab of jam and then sprinkle sugar over the top.

No quantities or further instructions for cooking the apples or making the pastry are provided for the recipe.

The original recipe appears on page 1 of the folio of sweet recipes, along with a handwritten orange cake recipe (see image).  

Translated by Avril Vorsay

Gift of Penelope Seidler AM. Photo © Jamie North for Sydney Living Museums

About the author

Dr Jacqui Newling

Assistant curator

Jacqui brings over ten years of ‘visitor first’ interpretation experience to her role as a curator at SLM. She specialises in place-based social history and heritage, bringing meaningful stories from our past to contemporary audiences through various forms of media, from exhibitions to interactive opportunities for visitors in our museums. 

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