• 1 package frozen puff pastry dough, defrosted according to package directions
  • 3 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¾-inch dice
  • 2 medium Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¾-inch dice
  • ⅛ cup sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon or lemon
  • 1 heavy pinch salt
  • 3 rounded tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, plus extra for topping
  • 1 jar store-bought dulce de leche


Serves: Makes 4 mini crostatas


Preheat an oven to 400 °F.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the apples, sugar, lemon zest and juice, and salt. Sauté for 5-6 minutes or until apples are soft but still have a little firmness to them. Add in flour and cinnamon, and sauté 1 minute until flour has coated the apples. Let the mixture cool.

Lightly flour a cutting board and lay puff pastry dough out flat. Lightly flour the top of the pastry dough and roll out lightly to smooth the edges. Using a ring mold or a paring knife, cut out four 5-inch circles.

Place some of the cooled apple filling on each pastry round, leaving about a half-inch border around the edges. Gently fold the border over the apples to enclose, pleating it to make a circle. In the center of each crostata, place a dollop of dulce de leche. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the crostatas. 

On a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the crostatas for 20-25 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Let cool on a cookie rack.

Serve with another dollop of dulce de leche or vanilla ice cream and enjoy!