Here on Hilary Stone Soup, I always promised to deliver foolproof, simple recipes that are easy to replicate at home. These apple tarts though are so incredibly easy that it is almost ridiculous. Even Z was impressed with how easy they are!
I saw these apple tarts on Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cooking show and instantly knew they needed to be part of Apple Week. The tarts feature perfectly cooked and tart apples with a flaky, buttery crust.
This apple tart is reminiscent of a French bakery, but the recipe is simple to make at home. Store-bought puff pastry is a major game changer here. I love having puff pastry in the freezer to whip up some quick appetizers or desserts.
Easy Apple Tarts
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 4 squares. Divide the pastry between the prepared sheets and refrigerate the sheets while you prepare the apples.
Peel the apples and cut them in half through the stem. Remove the stem and cores with a sharp knife and spoon. Slice the apple crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices.
Place the apples diagonally across the pastry (they should be overlapping), and place one slice on each side of the arranged apples.
Sprinkle the tarts apples evenly with sugar and dot them with butter.
When the tarts are done, heat the apricot jam with the water/calvados/rum until it is bubbly. Using a pastry brush, brush each tart with the apricot jam mixture.
Serve warm or at room temperature.