Simple Puff Pastry Apple Tart is everything you love about apple pie without all the hassle of making it! It has all the warm and cozy apple pie flavorson a magically flaky crust. Drizzle vanilla icing over the top to make it extra pretty or serve it with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream! Either way you’re going to love it!
NOTE: This pictures and narrative in this post were updated in 2018. The recipe is still a favorite and hasn’t changed!
I have a little problem. I frets and stew for so long trying to decide what to make for dinner or dessert that I end up with about half and hour to get something whipped up. If I would just get myself organized and create a menu it would help, but then I’d have to decide what to make for a week or more in advance!
When I’m asked to bring food somewhere it’s even worse. I can’t EVER decide what to make. It must be something that kids will like, something adults will go crazy for, and something impressive. The clock ticks while I run my mind through every possible senerio and then I literally run out of time.
Maybe that’s why my site is chock full of super quick and easy dessert recipes that can practially be thrown together on your way out the door!
Simple Puff Pastry Apple Tart is that dessert that fits the “everyone will go crazy for it” and “I can make it in a jiffy” category. I can whip it up in about 20 minutes and let it bake while my kids do dishes!
Tips on how to use puff pastry
- It’s found in the freezer section, usually near the frozen pies and pie crusts
- Buy it ahead of time and store it in the freezer
- Wrap them in plastic wrap or put them in a sealable bag and lay flat to thaw. It usually takes about 20 minutes letting them sit at room temperature
- Unfold puff pastry. If it has tears gently press them back together. You may need to moisten your fingers with a little water to help it stick together.
- Roll it out on a lightly floured surface.
- Puff pastry can be cut into shapes, slices, squares, circles, or left whole
- Make sure puff pastry is thawed
- Roll it out on a lightly floured surface until its about an 8″ x 14″ rectangle
- Transfer it to a parchment lined baking sheet (parchment makes dishes easy and keeps food from sticking to the pan)
- Create a 1/2″ border around the edges of the sheet. Be careful to only cut part way throught the sheet. This helps the apple filling to stay in the middle and the outside edge to puff up creating a nice little edge that helps keep the filling inside.
- Brush just inside the border with beaten egg.
- Peel, core, and thinly slice apples. Toss with lemon juice, sugar, spices, and seasonings.
- Arrange apples over puff pastry.
- Drizzle with icing
What are the best apples for baking and eating fresh?
There have been a few questions about how to get the apples without being too crunchy or too soft. Some varieties of apples are better for baking and some are better for eating fresh. It seems like there are more and more multipurpose varieties available than there used to be. I love that because I don’t want to have to buy and store a couple different kinds of apples, remember which is which, and try to teach my kids which is which. I already feel overwhelmed!
Here are a few of my favorite apples that are great for cooking as well as for eating fresh.
- Golden Delicious
- Pink Lady
What dessert is easier than apple and tastes just as good?
Carson loves apple pie and wants me to make it all the time. All you boy moms out there know when your son mentions his cravings for something, a small part of you wants to run to the kitchen and make it right then and there. Then there’s another part of you that just wants to spend the afternoon cleaning the pee off the floor (why can’t boys either learn to aim or simply sit down) and oraganizing the toy cars and fishing poles one more time.
Thank goodness for me Simple Puff Pastry Apple Tart is every bit as tasty as an apple pie without having to be stuck in the kitchen making a pie crust. That means I have extra time to teach them how to sanitize the floor around the toilet and surprise them with an apple dessert too! It’s a win win!
Here’s the printable recipe!
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 medium sized baking apples, I used Fuji
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- dash salt
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 T. butter
- ½ tsp. lemon juice
- Vanilla Frosting
- Thaw one sheet of puff pastry until room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll out into a 8" x 14" rectangle. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Score edges of puff pastry creating a ½ inch border all around the pastry. You don't want to cut all the way through. Just make a score.
- Brush pastry, inside of border, with beaten egg.
- Peel and slice apples. Toss with lemon juice.
- Melt butter in a mixing bowl. Mix with cinnamon and brown sugar. Add to apples and toss together.
- Arrange apples as desired over puff pastry making sure to keep them inside scored border. Pour any remaining brown sugar mixture over apples.
- Bake at 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown.
- Warm vanilla frosting in microwave until it reaches drizzling consistency. Drizzle over tart.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.