This puff pastry apple pie has tangy granny smith apples, salted butter, a little sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean and a touch of fresh rosemary. Best eaten warm, it is very aromatic and super easy to make.

An apple pie in a round tart pan, a canister with sauce, naplins and serving utensils.

How to make this apple pie

I love making an apple pie with puff pastry. No need to make any crust; I thaw two puff pastry sheets, and I am set. The buttery, flaky crust of a good quality puff pastry is perfect for this apple pie recipe.

Puff pastry packet, apples, a vanilla bean, butter, a cup with sugar and some rosemary sprigs on a cutting board.

I love using granny smith apples because they are tart and the final result is not too sweet.

The rosemary sprig, cinnamon, and the whole vanilla bean give a delicate, rustic, wholesome aroma to this apple pie.

The salted butter adds a touch of savory flavor to the apples and the sweet syrup that is left over. I save the syrup and love drizzling a little around an apple pie piece when serving.

The pie bakes in a low heat oven for one hour until it is a golden perfection.

left, ingredients for apple pie filling in a pot. Right, an uncooked puff pastry apple pie in a tart pan on a cutting bard.

This is what I do

I preheat the oven to 320 ° F.

I place the butter in a saucepan with the water, sugar, herbs, and apples. I stir everything together and bring it to a boil until butter and sugar are melted and dissolved. The mixture simmers over medium heat for about 10 minutes. You want the apples to hold their shape and not become mushy. Then I drain the apples from syrup and prepare the puff pastry.

I use a 10-inch pie pan  (26-27 cm). I spread one sheet of puff pastry first taking care to cover the walls.

An apple pie in a round tart pan.

I add the apples and cover with the second sheet of puff pastry. I cut the pastry sheets exactly to the pan’s diameter and press them down with a fork to seal and decorate the edges.

The final step is to brush the surface lightly with a little of the apple syrup and sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar all over. The pie bakes in a preheated oven at 320 ° F for 1 hour.

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

A piece of apple pie on a plate with a fork and spoon.

Helpful Q&A

I don’t care for tart apples, can I substitute with other kinds?

Yes, you can. If you prefer sweet apples, try Honeycrisp. They are my favorite snacking apples because they’re so sweet. When I bake with them, they don’t break down too much, and they give a great sweet flavor to an apple pie.
Another option is to mix Granny Smith with sweet McIntosh apples. Combining tart apples with sweeter ones creates a unique combination that you can actually tweak to your likeness and make it personal.

What can I use instead of vanilla bean? It is impossible to find where I live.

You can use 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract in place of 1 vanilla bean.
If you prefer, use vanilla paste. I would follow the directions on each jar for accurate equivalencies because the concentrations can be quite different.

Can I use a different pie crust?

Yes, of course, you can. Feel free to make your favorite pie crust or use the ready-made pie crust of your preference.

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Easy Puff Pastry Apple Pie

by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
This puff pastry apple pie has tangy granny smith apples, butter, a little sugar, cinnamon, and a touch of rosemary.
4.86 from 14 votes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Servings 12
Calories 358 kcal

Equipment

  • A 10 inch pie pan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 puff pastry sheets
  • 5 granny smith apples
  • 3.5 oz butter
  • 8.5 oz water
  • 3.5 oz brown sugar + a little extra for sprinkling
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 320 ° F
  • Peel and cut the apples into 6 pieces each. 
  • Place apples, butter, sugar, vanilla bean, rosemary sprig, and water in a medium pot. 
  • Stir everything together. Bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes. You want the apples to hold their shape and not become mushy.
    Remove apples from syrup with a slotted spoon and drain in a colander.
  • Spread one sheet of puff pastry in a 10-inch pie pan  (26-27 cm), taking care to cover the walls as well—cut away the extra puff pastry from the edges.
  • Spread the apples on top. Cover with the second sheet of puff pastry. Cut pastry exactly to the diameter of the tart pan. 
    Use a fork or your fingers to press down the border to seal and decorate the edges.
  • Brush the surface lightly with a little of the apple syrup and sprinkle with 1 tbsp sugar. 
    Bake in a preheated oven at 320 ° F for 1 hour.

Notes

Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on products used

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 164mgPotassium: 117mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 249IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Giving a 5-star rating for this Apple Pie recipe, it looks really delicious, and such a mouthwatering dessert to make for my loved ones.

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love all kinds of Greek pastries and this one really hits the spot. I’ll put it on my list of things to try for New Year’s.

  3. 5 stars
    Rosemary is one of my all-time favourite herbs (Italian here!) but I never tried it paired with apples. I’m always using it in savoury dishes, or cocktails. Definitely following your directions next time! I’m hyped to taste the rosemary hint!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a great idea. It was so good that I am never making pie crust again. This was way too easy for how much flavor it had. Love the touch of rosemary. I assume this would work with any fruit pie filling?

  5. 5 stars
    This is such an easy and delightful pie ! Using puff pastry is such a genius idea and so good. This is now my go to pie.

  6. 4 stars
    Oh, wow. I’ve never used puf pastry to make a pie and I have no idea why! It’s such an easy solution to an annoying problem. And rosemary?! Genius. I need to try that out!

  7. 5 stars
    Love that you’ve used puff pastry for this apple pie. I love using it but have never tried an apple pie with it. The addition of rosemary is a great idea. On my to make list!

  8. That’s a great idea to keep some of the syrup to drizzle it over the pieces! This is such a unique recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  9. 5 stars
    Rosemary grows everywhere where we live so always looking for recipes to add it to! This apple pie looks absolutely delicious, trying it soon! Thanks a lot for sharing.