Semi-Homemade Apple Cinnamon Pastry With Berry Syrup


Semi-Homemade Apple Cinnamon Pastry With Berry Syrup

Semi-Homemade Apple Cinnamon Pastry With Berry Syrup

Do not be afraid, this recipe is easier than it looks. Create a bakery style pastry in just 15 minute prep time.  The best thing about semi-homemade recipes is just that…  they are semi-homemade.  Semi-homemade refers to a recipe that uses pre-made or packaged items as a short cut combined with your other ingredients, but with homemade results.  It is quite fabulous and saves a lot of time.

Follow the steps below and be your own pastry chef for an evening! 


1 Can apple pie filling
16 4×4 puff pastry squares
3/4 cup Powdered sugar
1 cup Sugar + 1 teaspoon
2 teaspoon Cinnamon<
3/4 cup Melted Butter
Berry Syrup
1 Pint strawberries
1 cup sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lay 8 puff pastry squares on a cookie sheet, brush with melted butter. 
3. Scoop one spoonful of apple pie filling onto each square, gently spread out to 1/2 inch from edges
4. Place a puff pastry square on top of each, lightly press down, brush with melted butter
5. Bake for about 15 mins or until golden brown.
6. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter, sprinkle cinnamon & sugar

For the syrup-  use this homemade method OR just buy a container of frozen strawberries in syrup!

  1. Puree the strawberries in a blender, add to a medium sauce pan with 1 cup of sugar. Mix well.
  2. Slowly heat to boiling, constantly mixing. You do not want your berries to burn, so keep mixing, juices will be extracted as the heat and the sugar dissolves.
  3. If for some reason your berries are not juicy, add 1 teaspoon of water.  Cook on medium high until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, strain to remove seeds and strawberry pulp. Let cool completely. 

Finish by drizzling the berry syrup over the pastry, garnish and serve!  

Optional icing/glaze:  1/2 cup Powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of milk, mix and add milk until desired consistency is reached. 

Semi-Homemade Apple Cinnamon Pastry with Berry Syrup

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Homemade Triple Berry Honey Oat Squares

triple berry honey oat bars



Homemade Triple Berry Honey Oat Squares

I absolutely love what I call “bars” I eat all different types and flavors. I tend to be crazy busy so it’s easy to just grab a bar and do. I decided to start making my own since, again , it is less expensive.

A box of 5 bars usually costs me about $3.50, while that is not crazy expensive it adds up. These Homemade Triple Berry Honey Oat Squares last longer, freeze well and as long as you have most the ingredients already, will cost less to make.

Ps- they are good for you, but you would never know it!

What you need:

1 3/4 stick butter- cold & cut into pieces
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup regular or quick oats
1 cup brown sugar- packed 

1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt

For the berries:  you can use a 12 oz. jar of preserves OR make your own.  To make your own is easy ( of course) :

Bring 3 Cups of frozen mixed berries , 1 Cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of water to a boil, reduce to medium low. Continue mixing until the berries break down. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely, if the berries are too thin it will thicken as it cools.

triple berry honey oat pin

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º
  2. Grease a 13×9 pan (using butter or spray)
  3. For this next step use a food processor, if you do not have one ( I don’t!) I just do it by hand, it works!

Food processor: Add the flour, brown sugar, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, cut butter and salt, Pulse until mixture is crumbly.

My hands method: Add the cut butter to the flour, mix using finger tips and breaking apart the butter as you go. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue mixing by hand until the mixture is blended and crumbly.

4. Spread half the oat mix into the pan, press firmly to form a bottom crust.  Drizzle the honey evenly all over.

5. Spoon berries (or preserves) evenly on top. Spread the other half of the oat mixture over the top, lightly press down.

6. Bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting.

Makes about 24-32 squares depending on size. Enjoy!



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