I have been having a lot of fun lately with dressing up Tarts. The reason why I used the word dressing up is because I don’t make the puff pastry from scratch. I know a real foodie should make it at home but I don’t have the time or the energy to do it and when you can get really good quality readymade pastry then when should I break my back in making them.
But I totally enjoy doing them in funky ways using different toppings and at the risk of sounding like a pompous fool I do a pretty good job of it. I have made a few savory tarts before which you can check out here, Tomato & Goats Cheese, Onions & Mushrooms Tart and even an Onion & Zucchini one and they are loved and demanded by everyone who has eaten them.
This week I decided to try the tarts in a sweet way by using some Apples which nobody wanted to eat. I thought slicing the apples thinly and baking them on the tart would be a good idea. But then felt that the Apples might burn and needed some extra protection and a little help with the sweetness. So I coated the pastry sheet and Apple with some Butter and Sugar and boy was I glad I did it.
The Butter and Sugar gave the Apples a deliciously caramel flavor and protected them from being burned. I sprinkled some Icing sugar on top to give it a nice edge and I had a gorgeous dessert on my hands.
I was really proud of myself for trying to do something different and the delicious tarts were my reward. Hope you enjoy baking them.
Recipe (for 4 tarts, cooking time 25 minutes)
1 sheet of really good quality puff pastry
2 medium sized Apples (I used red delicious)
1 tbsp soft melted butter
2 tsp Raw Sugar
1 tbsp Icing Sugar
1) Preheat your oven at 170 Degrees C. Mix the Butter and Raw Sugar together and put it aside.
2) Lay the puff pastry on a non stick baking paper and let it thaw till you get the stuffing ready.
3) Thinly slice your Apples making sure you work really fast as they can turn darker really fast. If you are making a lot of tarts put the slices of the Apples in a bowl of cold water which has some Lemon squeezed in it. Just ensure you wipe them a bit before you lay them on the Tart.
4) Cut your pastry sheet into 4 squares. You can make smaller size squares and get 6 from 1 sheet but I was just greedy so did only 4.
5) Lay as many slices of Apple slices on the tart in a fan like shape so they look lovely,
6) Coat the entire tart with a generous coating of the Butter and Sugar mix.
7) Put the tray in the oven and bake for 12 – 15 minutes till the tarts have browned and puffed up and the Apples look golden.
8) Remove from the oven, sprinkle some Icing Sugar on each tart and serve warm.
You can serve some fresh Cream or Ice cream with the tarts and really enhance the guilty pleasures.