I was going to my lovely friends house yesterday (who has a brilliant food blog – check it out here) with the promise that she would make me something amazing and new. Essentially she was treating me like a test subject. So, naturally, I thought it would only be fair that I bring her something baked.
So I looked in my cupboard/fridge and found some left over puff pastry. Hmm… After a quick Internet search I found a great recipe that I altered to suit my needs (click here to get the original recipe).
Essentially all you do is place the pastry on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (I only had foil). Also I decided to roll out the pastry a little more to make enough for three good-sized portions of tart.
Then you core, half and thinly slice any apples of your choice – I used some royal gala apples – and put them in a bowl with a cup of sugar. Err… a cup of sugar? This is a quick treat, not a heart attack!
So this is where I changed it up. I used a small measuring cup (200ml size) and filled it up to the 100ml line with dark brown sugar. I also put in a pinch of salt and a pinch or two of cinnamon.
These go in the bowl with the apples and are stirred together till all the slices are covered. I then placed these down the middle of the tart and into the oven for 10-15 minutes.
They tarts came out smelling delicious. But I had a tiny problem when trying to get them off the baking tray. Because I rolled the pastry out, it had become ridiculously thin and very hard to get off. Basically they broke in half. Damn. And I’ve promised them a tart now.
What did I do? I gave these three to my dad to taste test and went to the supermarket and bought more pastry of course! This time I didn’t do anything silly and managed to get all the proportions and measurements right.
I somehow managed to wrap it up and get it to my friend’s house without eating it on the way. After a beautiful dinner of chicken and chorizo paella, I warmed up the tart served it hot. It was delicious and definitely not something you could believe took 5 minutes to prepare. If ever you have some puff pastry going spare, this is definitely a recipe I would suggest, and it’s something that can be adapted for any fruit you feel like using.
So here it is. My adapted recipe for a quick apple tart:
1 pre rolled sheet of pastry
4 medium sized apples
1 cup of dark brown sugar (I used a 200ml sized measuring cup)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
Icing sugar for dusting
1.) Preheat oven to 170C.
2.) Dust both sides of your sheet of pastry with icing sugar and place it on greaseproof paper on your baking tray.
3.) Separate the egg white and brush the pastry with it. Then fold each side to create a small border.
4.) Core, half and slice your apples.
5.) Mix your sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and put in the sliced apples. Stir this together till all the apples slices are covered.
6.) Place the apples in whatever pattern takes your fancy, I did it in a straight line.
7.) Place in the oven for 10-15minutes or until the pastry rises and is golden brown.
8.) Once out of the oven, dust with icing sugar and serve hot.