Sunday, January 8, 2012

Quick and Easy Apple Tart

It's so hard to grocery shop when you are preparing to move. You don't want to fill up the fridge to have to move it, but you really don't want to be stuck with a full fridge to either throw out or have to move.

Oh yeah, we're moving.  I don't think I officially shared that info yet.  

We actually made a grown-up step and purchased our very first home.   Super exciting but also pretty scary too. 

We are currently living amidst a half-packed or let's be honest a quarter-packed house and trying to decide on paint colors, because we close on Tuesday and move on Saturday!  Insanity. 

So how does this all fit in with an apple tart? Well I love apples and when I see nice apples at the store it takes alot for me to not buy them, regardless of what's going on it life.  I often go overboard and end up whipping up a last minute apple butter or applesauce.  Well I bought a bunch of Northern Spys when I was at the store and there they sat in my fruit bowl for almost a week.

That is until I remembered a tasty and simple recipe for an apple tart that I saw in Stir, a book I've mentioned more than once here.

The inspiring recipe is super simple, but I made it even easier by using my homemade, canned apple butter.  If you don't have some chilling out in your cabinet, you can usually find it in the grocery store.  Or buy Stir and make the original. 

Regardless of how you do it, this tart is the perfect answer when you have a couple of apples you need to use and you have a hankering for something sweet. 

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Quick & Easy Apple Tart
adapted from Stir by Barbara Lynch
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 2-3 Northern Spy apples
  • 2 Tbps granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment. and place a pre-rolled sheet of puff pastry on the parchment. Or if necessary roll a piece of puff pastry until it's approx 1/8" thick and a 10" square.2. Place another sheet of parchment on top of the puff pastry and top it with a another cookie sheet, to weigh down the pastry. Place in the heated oven and bake until just golden, approx 15 mins. 3. Remove the cooked pastry from the sheet and transfer to a cooling rack to cool. Lower the oven heat to 325F.4. Peel and core the apples and cut into quarters. Thinly slice either with a mandoline or a very sharp knife. Gently toss the apple pieces in the sugar & cinnamon.5. Once the pastry is cooled transfer back to the parchment lined cookie sheet. Carefully spread the apple butter in an even layer. Then evenly spread the apple slices all over. 6. Place the tart in the oven for 10 minutes to heat it thru. Watch the crust to make sure it doesn't brown too much. Turn on the broiler for just a couple minutes if you'd like the apples more caramelized. Cut into squares and serve.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 10" tart

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