Fruit plait

Fruit plait

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins plus soaking


Serves 4

Kids will love helping make this easy spiced dessert - similar to an apple and pear strudel, but with ready-rolled puff pastry instead of filo

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal532
  • fat23g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars40g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 1 ready-made 320g puff pastry sheet
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 2 tbsp sultanas
  • 2 eating apples



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 2 pears



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
  • pinch of mixed spice
  • pinch of cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface into a large rectangle. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray.

  2. Put the sultanas in a small mixing bowl with just enough warm water to cover them, and soak for 10 mins.

  3. Core the apples and pears and slice them into even-sized pieces – you don’t need to peel them. Put the pieces in a bowl and add the honey and 2 tbsp apricot jam. Drain the soaked sultanas and add them to the mixture. Stir well and add the mixed spice and cinnamon to taste.

  4. Spoon the mixture in a thick strip down the centre of the puff pastry. Use a sharp knife to make roughly 8 diagonal cuts down each side of the pastry like a lattice. Fold the pastry strips alternately across the filling like a plait.

  5. Crack the egg into a bowl, whisk with a fork and, using a pastry brush, glaze the top of the puff pastry.

  6. Place the plait in the oven and bake for 25-30 mins or until the apples are soft and the pastry is golden brown. Serve with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

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28th Jan, 2018
I have now made this twice, the first time I followed the recipe and the fruit was not soft enough. For the second attempt I softened the fruit in a saucepan for about 7 minutes and allowed to cool. Very yummy dessert and will definitely make again.
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Gastro Gnome
8th Mar, 2020
Did you do the plait? I wish there was a video for this.
7th Nov, 2015
Didn't have pear so it was just defrosted frozen apples, forgot to soak the raisins which didn't matter. Used a sheet of pre-rolled light puff pastry, normal honey and my own xylitol apricot jam so it felt healthy! It truly tasted like a shop-bought frozen apple strudel so I will be adding this to my pudding repertoire. Yummers!
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