Are you craving a delicious homemade dessert but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen? Look no further! Today, I’ll tell you how to make a quick and easy apple tart that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.
To make this apple tart, you’ll need frozen puffed pastry, which can be found in the freezer section of your local supermarket. Thaw the pastry sheets for about twenty minutes before unfolding them. You’ll notice that the sheets are tri-folded, resembling rectangles.
Choose Your Approach
Now, here’s where you have some creative freedom. You can either cut the sheet into three thinner rectangles by following the existing scores. This will result in smaller tarts with less puff around the sides. Alternatively, you can cut the sheet in half for more puff around the edges. The choice is yours!
Assembling the Tart
Start by spraying a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place the puffed pastry rectangles on the pan, ensuring they don’t become too soft and mushy. If needed, pop them in the freezer for a couple of minutes to firm up.
Next, core 3 to 4 apples, cut them in half, and slice them as thinly as possible. Transfer the apple slices to a bowl and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over them. Add a cup of brown sugar and sprinkle in about 1/4 teaspoon of salt to balance the sweetness.
Gently stir the apples, allowing them to sit for a few minutes to become nice and juicy. Take a slice, and savor the deliciousness!
When you’re ready, lay the apple slices in a straight line on top of the puffed pastry, overlapping them as you go. If you’re using the thinner rectangle of pastry, the apples will fill up the space perfectly. With the wider piece, you’ll notice some extra space around the edges.
Time to Bake
Preheat your oven to 415 degrees and bake the tarts for 18 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them toward the end of the baking time to ensure the pastry sufficiently puffs up. Sometimes it takes until the very end for them to reach their golden perfection.
Note: Due to the juice and sugar in the apples, you might experience some dripping and oozing of liquid. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal! As soon as you remove the tarts from the oven, transfer them from the pan, and you’ll be fine.
Presentation and Serving Suggestions
Behold the beauty of your apple tart! It looks so impressive, like you spent hours perfecting it. In reality, it only took five minutes (minus the thawing and baking time) to create this masterpiece.
You can serve the tart as is, or for an extra touch of indulgence, drizzle some caramel topping over the top. Another option is to pair it with sweetened whipped cream or sprinkle it with sifted powdered sugar. It’s versatile and open to your personal preference.
To add a final touch, cut a couple of thin slices, and serve them with a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. It’s the perfect way to elevate this already scrumptious dessert.
The quick and easy apple tart will become your go-to dessert for any occasion. Impress your guests with this delightful treat that requires minimal effort but delivers maximum flavor. So, what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and enjoy the sweet results!