I am not sure about you, but sometimes I just want to impress a friend or a boyfriend or just make a treat for myself. I might have an urge to bake but I am short on time or feeling lazy and yet I still want my Martha Stewart fix for the day. On days like that, I skip making the dough part of my apple tart and gasp! I buy frozen puff pastry.
Those who know me, know that not only do I always make my own puff pastry dough but I am the first one to discuss the increase of flavor in the homemade version. Not to mention the fact that banging out some butter on the counter for homemade puff pastry is therapeutic to say the least. But sometimes one just does not have time to fit in all the folds required to make the homemade dough. Or maybe you were late remembering that event where you were volunteered to bring a “homemade” dessert and you feel guilted into throwing at least something together. In any of these instances this fall beauty is a recipe for you. In other posts I will talk about how to make your own puff pastry (from scratch!) . But this post is dedicated to those of you don’t have much time and still want to get your baking fix.
But first, a short story that shows just how popular an easy dessert can be. Once I had to entertain a group of ladies for a dessert luncheon. I made many a complicated pastry- hazelnut torte, macarons, ganache tarts, and then I threw in the apple tart at the end. Everyone simply clamoured for the apple tart like it was the last dessert left on the planet. I don’t know if it’s the buttery richness of the puff dough or the fact that eating fruit on a dessert can make some people feel like they are eating a “healthy” dessert but that tart simply vanished. And I got so many requests for the recipe. I knew then that I had hit a gold mine with this quick and fabulous apple recipe. And here it is! Good luck amazing your friends and astounding their taste buds!
Active Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
- One package frozen puff pastry dough
- 4-5 granny smith apples, peeled
- 1/2 jar apricot preserves
- 4 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 lemon
- Roll out one sheet of frozen puff pastry to fit a 12×8 rectangular baking pan (or whatever size you own that fits closely). Press it to fit in the rectangular baking sheet. The sides should just come over the edges of the tin. Trim the excess.
- Prick the bottom of the puff pastry dough all over with a fork. (This will prevent the bottom of the tart from puffing up in the oven).
- Chill the sheet and puff pastry dough for at least 30 minutes. (This relaxes the gluten in the dough).
- While the dough is chilling thinly slice the apples. I like to cut the apples in half after coring them and slice them thinly along the cross section of the apple.
- Remove puff dough from the fridge and line the apples in the tart pan. Arrange them neatly for a pretty finish.
- Cut the butter in small pieces and and sprinkle over the tart. Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the apples. Squeeze the half lemon on top of the apples to prevent them from browning.
- Bake tart for about 40 to 50 minutes in a 400 F oven until crust is golden brown and apples are cooked down.
- While the tart is still hot heat the apricot jam gently in the microwave. It should just be warm, not boiling hot. You can mix a bit of whiskey or brandy in with the jam at this point. Use a spoon to gently spread the jam over top of the apples.
- Allow to cool and serve with freshly whipped cream. Bon Appetit!