Sunday, September 18, 2011

Work of [T]art

I'm hesitant to share this because it's kind of become the rabbit up my sleeve when I'm entertaining. We've had some friends over a few times, and this was super impressive with minimal work. 

You will need:
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a standard 17.3-ounce package), thawed (I keep a package of the Pepperidge Farm kind in my freezer at all times- they take about 30-40 minutes to thaw).
Flour, for work surface
3 Granny Smith or Gala apples
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons apricot jam

Here's what you do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Open pastry sheet and remove paper. Fold sheet back up. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out pastry sheet (still folded) to an 8-by-14-inch rectangle. Trim edges with a pizza cutter or sharp paring knife if you want, or don't and it will just look a little more unique. Rustic, even!

2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and transfer dough to baking sheet; place in freezer. Peel, core, and slice apples 1/4 inch thick. Toss in a large bowl with sugar, (and a little cinnamon of you want).

3. Remove pastry from freezer and brush with egg wash, avoiding edges. Use a sharp paring knife to score a 3/4-inch border around pastry (do not cut all the way through). Place apples inside border, and dot with butter. Bake until pastry is golden and apples are tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

4. In the microwave or a small saucepan, heat jelly with 1 tablespoon water until melted. Brush apples with glaze. Cut tart into pieces with a serrated knife, and serve warm or at room temperature, with vanilla bean ice cream, or fresh whipped cream.

I can almost guarantee that it will all get eaten when you serve it, but maybe if you made this only for 2 people, you could save some and have a pretty amazing breakfast of room temperature apple tart and raspberry tea the next morning. Or heck, make it as a breakfast, not a dessert. Heaven knows Conference is coming up, and this deliciousness sure would help you stay awake!


  1. Woah..did you take that picture? It looks like something from out of a spiffy magazine. And delicious. Think I'll give it a try.

  2. No, I got it online. I'm not a great photographer, as is obvious by every single picture I've ever taken. But the recipe is so easy and yummy.

  3. Looks yummy!!

    -Alisha @


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