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Upside-Down Caramel Apple Pastries

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 16
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Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers Original Biscuits are a brilliant way to whip up this viral upside-down pastry at home! The biscuits make the perfect flaky, puffy pastry to cover this fruity, upside-down apple tart.
Updated Oct 4, 2023
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What is an upside-down pastry?

This clever baking hack went viral as a TikTok video in 2023: an easy way to create a caramelized fruit tart using frozen puff pastry! The fruit topping is layered on the pan first, then topped with dough, which allows the fruit to caramelize as it cooks.

Now, instead of going to a fancy bakery to buy an upside-down puff pastry, you can create this impressive treat right at home using Pillsbury™ biscuits. Serve it for breakfast or brunch, or top it with whipped cream or ice cream for a fun family dessert.

To read more about this recipe and see Pillsbury’s take on other trends, click here!



  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line two large rimmed cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper.
  • 2
    Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers, making total of 16 biscuit rounds. Press out each round to 4 inches in diameter.
  • 3
    Spoon (8) 1/4 teaspoonfuls of the caramel topping on each cookie sheet, at least 4 inches apart.
  • 4
    Top each 1/4 teaspoonful of caramel topping with 6 to 8 apple slices.
  • 5
    Place 1 biscuit round over each mound of apple mixture. Press edges around mixture. Brush biscuit rounds with egg. Sprinkle with sugar.
  • 6
    Bake first cookie sheet 18 to 22 minutes or until deep golden brown (refrigerate second cookie sheet while baking the first). Let cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes.
  • 7
    Using another large cookie sheet, invert cookie sheet of pastries, then peel parchment away from pastries. Transfer to serving platter.
  • 8
    Repeat with second cookie sheet of pastries.
  • 9
    Drizzle pastries with remaining caramel topping.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    After the pastries are done, flip over the cookie sheets and simply peel away the parchment paper. This ensures that all the apples will stay in the pastries where they belong! Before inverting your pan, it’s helpful to carefully move the parchment a bit to be sure it isn’t stuck to the pan at all. You want it to cleanly release from the cookie sheets along with the pastries. Be careful inverting the pans — they may still be a bit hot, even after the 5-minute cooling time.
  • tip 2
    Crisp and tartly-sweet apples are best for this recipe. Try Empire, Honey Crisp, Braeburn or Cortland in place of the Granny Smith called for in this recipe. They hold their shape and aren’t too juicy.
  • tip 3
    Brushing the biscuit with a beaten egg and sprinkling with sugar before baking will give your pastry a golden finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze upside-down pastries?

Although it’s possible to freeze these pastries, it will affect the quality and texture once they are thawed. In general, it’s best to eat these upside-down pastry treats the same day.

How to store upside-down pastries?

This type of pastry is best eaten right away, but if you have leftovers, you can store them at room temperature between sheets of parchment paper in an airtight container for up to two days.

How much fruit should I use for each pastry?

To easily visualize the amount you need for each pastry, keep the apples together after slicing. Each pastry will use one fourth of an apple. Thinner apple slices will cook faster and look a little more elegant than thicker slices.

What other toppings can I use for this recipe?

Try topping your upside-down apple pastry with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. For a salted caramel apple pastry, top your finished pastry with a pinch of flaky salt.

Nutrition Information

120 Calories, 3 1/2g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 21g Total Carbohydrate, 8g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
3 1/2g
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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