Heart-Shaped Apple Pastries [Vegan]

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A special note: Valentine’s Day is almost here! One of the best ways to make
a day special is to set the mood. It’s all about the feeling in the air. Before
we get to today’s special recipe I wanted to let you know I’ll be taking next
week off. I’ll be back with a new post February 25. Thank you so much for all
the love and support you send our way! 
Sending it right back to YOU.

Have you ever dreamed of sitting at a quaint Parisian café,
eating a delicious pastry and sipping the world’s finest espresso? Life’s a
gift and I think you should do just that! Only today you can skip the expense
and the long plane ride and create that feeling right at home. Let me show you
how!

In the thick of winter, we could all use a little cheerfulness
to brighten our spirits. The apple pastry recipe I’m delighted to share with
you today won’t take you long to make, and doesn’t require many ingredients,
but it will turn your home into a delightful café for you and your loved ones. 

There is one more important ingredient not listed below, and that’s music! My
recommendation is to turn on the French Café station on Pandora Radio while
you’re baking and enjoying. Your ears and taste buds will be delighted.

Sending warm, cozy, café vibes your way!

Ingredients (yields 18 pastries

  • 2 sheets of vegan frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 2 tsp. vegan butter substitute, melted (I used Earth Balance
    Organic Whipped Buttery Spread)
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced very thinly
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. apple pie spice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

You will also need:

Heart shaped or round cookie cutter, approximately 2 ½
inches across

Silpat, or parchment paper for baking

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper to
prevent sticking.

In a small bowl, stir together sugar, apple pie spice and
cinnamon, set aside.

Unfold defrosted puff pastry sheets into 2 rectangles. Using
a cookie cutter, cut each sheet into approximately 9 pastries each.

Place pastries onto the baking sheet spaced apart, and brush
with melted vegan butter substitute.

For heart shaped pastries, place 4 thin apple slices on top,
2 per side of the heart. For round pastries, place three apples slices in a fan shape
across the center.

Sprinkle each pastry with ¼ – ½ tsp. spiced sugar mixture. Bake pastries until golden brown, approximately 12 – 15
minutes.

Cool. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.