Apple Pie Panini

by jenna on November 8, 2013


Today I am excited to share a mouthwatering recipe out of my friend, Kathy’s, new cookbook, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook!

I was very excited to get my hands on this cookbook because, well, I happen to love the delicious toasted sandwiches also known as panini. I much prefer a hot sandwich over a cold sandwich and Kathy’s book contains more than 200 recipes for just that.

In my pregnancy so far, I’ve been craving mega fruit. First it was strawberries, then it was blueberries, then watermelon…and now green apples. So sweet and tart and delicious!! I can’t get enough granny smiths in my life at the moment, which is why this recipe for apple pie panini is right up my ally! The idea of a panini using cinnamon raisin bread, honey sweetened mascarpone and tart green apples is…well…GENIUS. Just try it and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

And yes, it really does taste just like warm apple pie.


I made this sandwich as an afternoon snack {I ate half and shared the other half with my two year old neighbor who also gobbled it right up} but next time I’m making this for breakfast!

I used Rudi’s whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread, which I adore because it’s thick, dense and delicious both slathered with salted butter or this honey mascarpone spread.


Okay, does anyone remember when McDonalds offered those apple pie pockets? Oh, wait…I just checked and apparently they still do offer them. That just shows the last time I ate at McDonalds. Anyway, these panini taste like those. In other words, delicious.

Oh, and you totally don’t have to own a panini press to make these! You can just cook them up on a hot skillet, weighing the panini down with a heavy pan as they toast. You won’t get those pretty grill marks but it will still taste yummy.


Apple Pie Panini

yields 4 panini

From The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook

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1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

2 tsp honey

4 tbsp butter, room temperature

8 slices cinnamon raisin bread

1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced

2 tbsp brown sugar


Either in a small bowl with a whisk or in a food processor, whip the mascarpone cheese and honey together until well combined.

Heat the panini press to medium high heat.

To assemble the sandwich, spread butter on two slices of bread. Flip over the slices and spread 1 tbsp of the mascarone mixture on each. Layer one slice with apple slices and close the sandwich. Sprinkle brown sugar on top.

Grill panini in the press until the fillings are warmed and the bread is toasted and golden, about 3-5 minutes.


15 minutes

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Danielle November 8, 2013 at 3:42 am

Oh my gosh, this sounds delicious! And just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. All this rain in Paris has had me craving comfort food like none other.


Nicole November 8, 2013 at 4:05 am

Um, yum. I love sweet sandwiches. Perfect for this time of year.


Madison November 8, 2013 at 4:28 am

This sounds great and perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast, right? YUM!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 8, 2013 at 4:58 am

Oh my gosh, I love this!! Since buying my panini press a few years ago, I’ve had trouble eating any sandwich that isn’t toasted because they just taste so much better warm! Making my grocery list now! ๐Ÿ™‚


Molly@RDexposed November 8, 2013 at 5:08 am

I love this concept for breakfast!
I’ve had a Brie, apple, jam grilled cheese and it’s ridiculously delicious.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 8, 2013 at 5:11 am

Oohhh, this is genius!!!


Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 8, 2013 at 5:13 am

What a great idea! Sounds delicious ๐Ÿ™‚


Erin | The Law Student's Wife November 8, 2013 at 5:42 am

Toasted sammies are the only way to go–I even grill my PB&J now! I was a fool for those McD’s pies back in the day, so I’m excited to see a grown up version!


Whitney @ Pancakes and Tulips November 8, 2013 at 6:28 am

These look delicious. I’ve been all about a bowl of soup and a hot sandwich recently and this is perfect.


Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 8, 2013 at 6:35 am

i am more of a hot sandwich person as well. I havent had pie or panini in such a long time – maybe its a sign ๐Ÿ™‚


Heather @ Year Two and Beyond November 8, 2013 at 6:43 am

I have been obsessed with my panini press lately and now I know what I’m going to make next!


Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac November 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

Oh my gosh this sounds incredible!!! I love the idea of using cinnamon raisin bread!


erin @hooleywithaz November 8, 2013 at 6:56 am

i might have to replace the mascarpone with brie, because i can’t do that much sweetness in a sandwich (my brain won’t allow it), but this looks amazing!


jenna November 8, 2013 at 7:08 am

If you want it less sweet, just omit the honey!


Dana November 8, 2013 at 7:26 am

Looks amazing!!! I looove sandwiches like this!


DessertForTwo November 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

A panini with cinnamon raisin bread?! Genius! ๐Ÿ™‚


Aaryn @ Insert{Life}Here November 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

Oh I love getting crazy with cinnamon raisin bread! This so needs to happen in my life. To say I adore hot sandwiches is such an understatement. MMM!


Bryony @ Friday Night Dinners -- PDX November 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

That looks great! I’ve had a brie and strawberry grilled cheese panini that blew my mind, so I’ll have to try this!


Ange @ Cowgirl Runs November 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

Oh my goodness, that is amazing! I’ve had pear, and brie panini’s, but it’s never crossed my mind to make a sweet one. I can’t wait to try this!


Averie @ Averie Cooks November 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

Love Kathy and her book and your panini looks great! Have a wonderful weekend, Jenna!


Caroline L. November 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Okay, this looks pretty incredible!


Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent November 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Wow! I bet the cheese and apple taste great together. Love!


Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists November 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm

This would be great for Thanksgiving morning! Her cookbook looks awesome, thanks for sharing!


Alanna November 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I am stuffed, but yet again, this looks absolutely divine! Yum.


Kathy - Panini Happy November 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I’m so glad you liked it, Jenna – thanks so much!!


Nicole B November 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

This looks amazing! Absolutely lush. All month I know I’ll be craving thanksgiving flavors and dishes which are hard to find living in London. Next time I’ll try this easy sandwich! My apple pie recipe isn’t quite as acceptable to eat in a single meal ๐Ÿ™‚


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 9, 2013 at 1:31 am

I love paninis! Perfect fall recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚


Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen November 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Wow, this IS genius! I can’t wait to try this ๐Ÿ™‚


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

This just sounds mouthwatering! Love the idea of the crisp bread and warm apples together!


Norma @Allspice and Nutmeg November 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Oooo, can’t wait to make this. Looks amazing!


Erika November 11, 2013 at 6:47 am

Wow this looks amazing, I love apple pie and I love Panini’s! These looks far nicer than McDonald’s ๐Ÿ™‚


Shannon November 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

I have a sort of related question, do you have a favorite cookbook for soup recipes?


em@simplypresent November 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

I never would have thought of this myself! Fruit isn’t a bad craving to have ๐Ÿ™‚


Jessica @Myhealthypassion November 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm

YUM! I have a press…and I think I am going to make this this weekend! Looks delish!


Shelly (Cookies and Cups) November 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

This looks so good! I need to make this soon, I love paninis


Jessica January 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I am a little late to the game but was searching for panini recipes with apples and this came up ๐Ÿ™‚ — but i was told no honey while pregnant with both my children?


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