Appelflappen are Dutch apple beignets they are easy to make, tasty and deliciously sweet!
This is a fast beignet that you can eat on a lot of occasions like New Year’s Eve, Easter, Christmas or any time with a cup of tea. Ready to learn how to make appelflappen? Let’s get started!
Appelflappen is the perfect combination between a crunchy sweet outside and a soft inside. A classic apple fritter is fried in oil and contains a lot of fat.
This will add a lot of calories which is not really required especially if you know there are other ways to bake a beignet.
This recipe is completely vegan as it only uses plant-based ingredients. So no egg wash or butter puff pastry.
So I know you are wondering what the secrets of the best beignets recipe are. Here we go.
Secret 1 the pastry
The first secret to the best apple beignets is the vegan puff pastry. This assures you the beignet will stay together and allows you to fill the appelflap.
If you use a batter you will have to fry it in oil. Batter in oil absorbs a lot of oil which you do not want.
Nowadays you can easily buy vegan puff pastry so no need to pass on a beignet when you are vegan.
Secret 2 the filling
The second secret is all about the filling. A New Orleans beignet doesn’t contain a filling but Dutch beignet is made with apple.
To make these appelflappen you obviously have to fill them with apple but we fill them with this homemade apple pie filling.
The combination of crisp puff pastry and soft apple pie filling is priceless and a real classic.
When you taste these beignets you will wonder why you would ever eat a regular beignet again.
If you want you can add other fruit to your easy beignets like:
Secret 3 baking method
The third secret has everything to do with the baking method. Instead of frying your beignets put them in the oven.
You do not need any additional butter, milk or eggs to get a nice brown color on your beignets.
Just make sure you glue the puff pastry properly with water. You will be surprised at how nice and brown they are.
If you want to make this easy recipe for beignets, make sure you have the following ingredients on your shopping list:
- Vegan puff pastry
- Apple pie filling or 2 apples
How to make apple beignets
Beignets come in a lot of different versions (fried, oven-baked, filling or not. When you oven-bake puff pastry appelflappen, it gets really crisp.
For this recipe, you can use my trusted apple pie filling that I love so much. If you make it and stored it in the fridge or freezer you can use it in this recipe.
Roll the puff pastry dough until you can cut two, 3-inch circles. Reuse the excess puff pastry. Make 18 puff pastry circles.
Then put 9 puff pastry circles on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Add apple pie filling on the puff pastry circle before you press another circle on top.
To make the circles stick even better put some water between the two pastry circles and press tight.
Before you put them in the oven lightly brushed the beignets with water and sprinkled with organic sugar.
You might think you need an egg to get brown beignets but this is not necessary. The sugar will caramelize and the water will turn the appelflappen a nice color brown.
Preheat the oven to 460℉/225℃. Put the baking tray in the oven for at least 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Sprinkle them with some powdered sugar and the appelflappen are ready to serve.
Store the appelflappen beignets
These apple beignets can be stored in a number of ways. Store them:
- Kitchen counter – Leave them outside of the fridge for up to two days
- Fridge – Put them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
- Freezer – Want to keep them for more than a week freeze the apple fritters in a ziplock bag for a couple of weeks
Want to eat them defrost when this applies and warm them a couple of minutes in the oven and you are good to go. So yummy.
Other apple pie filling recipes
I always have a jar of apple pie filling in my fridge so I do not have to make it when I need it.
Other delicious recipes you can make with apple pie filling are:
See how to make baked beignets
Want to see how you can make these appelflappen at home? Watch the recipe video that gives you a step by step instructions so you can follow along.
It will show you how easy it is to make this sweet Dutch apple beignets.
I hope you love this easy beignet recipe as much as I do!
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Fast appelflappen with puff pastry and homemade apple pie filling. Want to know how you can make baked puff pastry apple beignets? Lets get started!
- 6 pre bought puff pastry squares
- apple pie filling or 2 apples
- Make apple pie filling
- Preheat the oven at 460℉/225℃
- Roll the dough until you can cut two, 3 inch circles. Reuse the excess puff pastry. Make 18 puff pastry circles
- Put parchment paper on a baking tray and put one circle on the paper
- Add some apple pie filling and press the second circle on top of the first circle with apple. Add some water to make the circles stick together better
- Repeat 8 more times
- Brush the beignets lightly with water and sprinkle with sugar
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes
- Ready to serve
If you do not want to make apple pie filling, cut an apple, remove the clock house and slice in thin slices.
Calories: 221; Fat: 10g; Carbs: 34g; Protein: 3g; Sodium: 142mg; Sugar: 16g