1 ready-made puff pastry sheet (about 320 g)
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp vegetable oil, for greasing
2 tbsp sultanas
2 eating apples
2 tbsp clear honey
3 tbsp apricot jam
1 pinch mixed spice
1 pinch cinnamon
Crème fraîche or vanilla ice-cream, to serve (optional)
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface into a large rectangle. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray
- Put the sultanas in a small mixing bowl with just enough warm water to cover them, and soak for 10 mins.
- 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.
- 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.
- Crack the egg into a bowl, whisk with a fork and, using a pastry brush, glaze the top of the puff pastry.
- 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.