Hola! It is the last day of the year! Are you excited? Are you reflecting on your life so far and wondering how to improve yourself? Yeah, that was uncalled for, I know. I won't bother you with nostalgia and worrisome thoughts anymore, today is more about a quick recipe you can put together in about half an hour and easily personalize with whatever you have in your kitchen. The only trick-ingredient you need: puff pastry.
Made from scratch is always better, but if you stock a couple of frozen puff pastry packs in your freezer you can turn them into easy and quick party pleasers with little effort. From appetizers to tarts, I'll be sharing today a super tasty apple tart that can be also made with any fresh or frozen fruit you have in hand.
APPLE PUFF TART
- Roll of puff pastry
- 3 apples
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (or any kind)
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp thickener (tapioca starch, cornstarch, flour, etc)
- 2 tbsp butter
SWEETENER NOTE: depending on the sweetness of your fruit, adjust the honey and sugar quantities.
- Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
- Cover a cookie tray with parchment paper, and place the puff pastry on top shaping it into a rectangle or square. Or any shape, really.
- Remove the core from one of the apples and throw it into a food processor/blender to turn it into a thick puree. You can also replace this with applesauce. If it is too hard to blend add a bit of the lemon juice or water.
- In a bowl, mix the puree with a bit of the cinnamon, sugar, thickener and honey. Spread it on top of the puff pastry leaving about an inch of pastry as an edge.
- Chop one tablespoon of butter into small squares and throw them on top of the apple spread.
- Remove the core from the other apples and slice them into wedges. Throw the wedges in a bowl with the sugar, honey, thickener, lemon and salt. Toss to coat them in the mix.
- Arrange the wedges on top of the tart, and add the remaining butter cubes on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until pasty puffs and browns a bit.
You can top each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream. Or just serve it warm along a cup of coffee/tea/chocolate. It is a quick version of a pie, and puff pastry is almost fool proof so even if it looks a bit uneven shaped it'll have that rustic look that's still very appetizing and easy to decorate with mint leaves, cream, or powdered sugar dust. You can make tarts with pear and cheese, peaches and cream, mixed berries, nutella and bananas, and so on.
So if you have puff pastry, roll it out and make something delicious to share with friends and family, or to treat yo' self for the last day of the year. Cut a slice, make a wish, and may all your hopes, dreams and goals turn into realities this 2016! Personally, I hope to make a prettier blog and work in new projects as the new year comes. Enjoy your day!