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Apple Pie Panini


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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  • 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! πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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! πŸ™‚

  • 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!

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  • 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 πŸ™‚

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

    I love paninis! Perfect fall recipe! πŸ™‚

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

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

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚ — but i was told no honey while pregnant with both my children?