Honeycrisp apples are layered on top of flaky puff pastry to create an easy dessert you'll be proud to serve. One bite of this Puff Pastry Apple Tart and you'll be whisked away to a fall apple orchard!
Why You'll Love It
There's nothing easier than baking with a sheet of puff pastry. While I love a good pie crust more than anybody, I don't always have time to make one. This scrumptious autumn recipe creates a delicious dessert that's quick and easy!
Puff Pastry Apple Tart is perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving, and amazing when served as a brunch entree. It will remind your guests of a french apple tart. It has just the right amount of tartness to balance out the sweetness which makes a great combination.
If you love apple pie but can't wait for one to bake, this recipe is for you. Simply arrange apple slices on a puff pastry sheet and watch it turn into a masterpiece as it rises in the oven!
There are only 7 ingredients needed for this recipe, and they go together quickly. See recipe card for quantities.
- puff pastry sheet (I recommend Wewalka)
- large sweet apples (like honeycrisp)
- lemon juice
- apricot preserves or apple jelly
- lemon curd
- powdered sugar
- water or milk
To make this easy fall dessert, all you need is a sheet pan or oven safe dish, a couple of bowls and spoons to mix ingredients, a cutting board, measuring cups, and a serrated knife.
1 - Roll out puff pastry on a sheet pan or press it inside the dish of your choice. Roll edges over and crimp with a fork or knife.
2 - Spread apricot preserves on the bottom of the pastry. The thinner the layer the better. Too much jam will cause the pastry to be soggy.
3 - Cut apples in half. Place face down on a cutting board. Slice apples in half moon shapes and trim the edges so they are all the same size. Take care to dispose of the core and seeds. Brush apples with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning.
4 - Arrange apples in overlapping layers onto the apricot jam. If you're using a sheet pan, you will have long rows. If you're using a dish like the one in the photo, the rows will be shorter.
5 - Bake the pastry at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until it puffs up. Lower temperature to 375 degrees for 10 more minutes to cook apples until tender. This prevents the pastry from burning.
6 - Remove tart from oven and cool for at least 30 minutes. The longer it cools, the better the jam will set. Drizzle tart with lemon curd icing made from powdered sugar, lemon curd and water. Slice and serve plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
You can use any type of jam you desire, or leave it out altogether. I like to spread a thin layer of apricot jam on the pastry to hold the fruit slices in place. However, it is not necessary if you are cutting back on sugar. The lemon curd gives a nice flavor to the icing, but you can also omit it if desired. If you do use jam, make sure it is thick or it will turn to water after baking.
Any type of firm, crisp apple will work in this recipe. You could try Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady or Braeburn. I like Honeycrisp apples because they are both tart and sweet. If you use really tart fruit, they might need a dusting of sugar before baking.
One of the reasons this recipe is so amazing is because you don't have to peel the fruit. Once baked, the skins are soft and delicious. This dessert is also more beautiful with the peelings attached. If you prefer not to eat the peelings, then feel free to peel before baking.
- Spread apricot jam on the puff pastry for best results. A thin layer works best. If you put too much jam on the pastry, it will make the crust soggy.
- It's not necessary to score the pastry but it makes a nice presentation. Be sure to roll the edges down before baking.
- You can add cinnamon and caramel sauce if you'd like a different type of dessert. Just remember that cinnamon will change the color and appearance of the tart.
If you love this dessert, be sure to enjoy these other recipes from my kitchen to yours!
- Caramel Apple Pecan Crunch
- Fresh Apple Cake
- Fried Apple Crisp
- Caramel Apple Cheese Pastry
- German Chocolate Caramel Apples
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