Here follows the response to my craving for something apple-y. This simplified version of a French apple tart is so easy, you can do it if friends unexpectedly stop by for dessert.
Simply layer apple slices on a sheet of pastry, dot with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Then you bake, brush with preserves and slice! It’s a pretty elegant semi-homemade sweet.
Easy French Apple Tart
- 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry, rolled out to 10×10-inch square
- 2-3 apples (Granny Smith or Pink Lady are good), peeled, cored and sliced thin
- 1/2 c. white sugar
- Half stick unsalted butter, diced, chilled
- Pinch cinnamon
- 1/2 c. apricot preserves mixed with 2 T water
Preheat oven to 400 and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay pastry on sheet, then layer with overlapping apple slices. Sprinkle sugar over, then a pinch of cinnamon. Dot with butter. Bake 35-45 min. until the apples are caramelized in spots (their sugary juices will leak out and burn, just to warn you!). If the pastry puffs up in one area, as mine did, just poke it with a knife.
Heat preserves with water in a small saucepan until melted, then brush over the entire tart.
When done, loosen pastry away from the sheet and cut into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Wasn’t that easy? Enjoy, friends! xoxo