Apple Puff Parcels – Foodie Friday

Apple puff parcels - mele in camiciaTGIF eh? Another week gone by and this week I have dug up an old recipe for Foodie Friday, Apple Puff Parcels or as they are known in Italy Mele in Camicia which would be Apples in their Shirts. I used to make them for the kids when I lived in Italy, it was one of Megan’s favourites so much so it became her recipe, in fact I called her prior to posting to ask permission!

It’s a simple sweet pastry that can be used for breakfast, afternoon tea or dessert with cream or custard. I’m entering this recipe into the Tea Time Treats challenge for January which was Sweet pastries and breads and I have been sent a pot of Truvia to trial too which is an amazing Calorie Free Sweetener just being launched on the market – do you realise what this means? Every dieting girl in the country can now cook her favourite sweet foods with less calories!

Apple Puff Parcels – Mele in camicia

Ingredients for 4 people

4 apples
250g Puff Pastry ready to roll
Raisins/dried apricots (optional) Pine nuts are another alternative (a handful or two)
Apricot jam – 1 tbsp
1 tsp Truvia sweetener (or 4 tsps sugar)
1 beaten egg

Granny Smith applesMethod 

  1. Peel and core the apples.
  2. Chop into bite size pieces and place in a bowl
  3. Add raisins, apricots, pine nuts, cinnamon, apricot jam and sweetener (or sugar)
  4. Roll out the puff pastry to one large square about 1/2 cm thick and cut into individual squares to make ‘parcels’
  5. Place a spoonful of the mixture in the centre of the parcel and fold one corner into the centre
  6. Place a dot of beaten egg on the pastry in the centre to act as ‘glue’ and fold the opposite corner on top. Repeat for each corner until a parcel has been formed
  7. Pinch the sides together using your fingers – add egg to ‘stick’ if needed
  8. Brush with beaten egg and place in the pre heated oven at 220C for about 20 minutes
  9. I always check to make sure it’s not burning after 15 mins and sometimes it can need longer

A delicious recipe for those who adore apples and cinnamon together They are best eaten warm but they can be eaten later, just give them a quick warm up in the oven or microwave to soften the pastry and bring out the flavours inside. Please see the video below for a ‘How To make Mele in Camicia’ by me and my trusty helpers Alice and Bessie, and don’t forget the Linky at the bottom of this post if you have a recipe. Buon appetito!

In a nutshell, Truvia® calorie-free sweetener:

.       Has a crisp, clean taste with a unique granulated texture and crunch similar to sugar
.       Is perfect for sprinkling on fruits, cereals, for use in tea and coffee (no froth) and for cooking and baking
.       Is suitable for all the family including diabetics (no impact on GI), pregnant women, children and the elderly and it won’t rot teeth
.       Is the number one stevia-based sweetener in the US, bought by over 6 million households since launching three years ago
.       UK distribution partner is Silver Spoon, available in all major retailers. Has just been launched with a £5 million advertising campaign

Stevia, a plant with sweet edible leaves native to South America, has been used for centuries by indigenous people to sweeten food and beverages. The sweet components found in the stevia leaf are up to 200 times sweeter than sugar and have no caloric content. Find more Truvia recipe ideas

If you have a recipe you’d like to link up to Foodie Friday just join in the link below, no theme, no rules just sharing the love. If you’d like to link back to me I’d love it and if you can tweet out for everyone’s benefit that would be marvellous too.

I look forward to being inspired by you all!


  1. reluctanthousedad
    January 20, 2012 / 10:31 AM

    Those look lovely, Mari. Is the filling hotter than the sun when they come out of the oven, like the ones you get in MacDonald’s? :)

    • Mari
      January 20, 2012 / 11:37 AM

      Not quite as hot as MaccyD’s (how do they do that?) but I do recommend leaving it a while before serving to the kids. Thanks for linking up 

  2. Fishfingers for tea
    January 20, 2012 / 11:13 AM

    These look great, anything appley goes down well here!

    • Mari
      January 20, 2012 / 11:37 AM

      The blessing is they are quick and easy and the kids can help make them

  3. January 20, 2012 / 11:24 AM

    Mmmm my kids would love that – same as Fishfingers said :) Thanks for the linky prompt!

    • Mari
      January 20, 2012 / 11:38 AM

      My eldest daughter (now 21) goes mad for them! Lovely to see you over here :)

  4. Karen
    January 20, 2012 / 11:52 AM

    WOW! Thanks so much for entering these into TEA TIME TREATS! They look amazing! I love the information that you posted too….Karen @

  5. maggy, red ted art
    January 22, 2012 / 8:37 PM

    Thanks for stopping by at The Good Life :-) Have linked up Ali’s son’s supper… and yes it is ME ME ME: Maggy from Red Ted Art, Ali (Green Mum) and I run The Good Life too!

    Maggy x

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