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Friday, September 10, 2010

Quick & Easy Apple Tart

We are coming into apple season, so here are a few of my favorite apple recipes.

This recipe came from Bon Appetit many years ago.  If you have the puff pastry and some apples around, it's pretty quick, and very yummy!   Don't try to serve more than 4 people with this, or you'll have people asking for more.  The pieces may appear large, but because it is very flat, it isn't really as "BIG" as it seems.  You could of course, use other fruit. 

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (½ of 17.3 oz pkg)
3 medium apples, peeled, cored, sliced thinly
2 T unsalted butter, melted
2 T sugar mixed with ½ t cinnamon
¼ C jam, melted (apricot, peach, apple, orange)

Preheat oven to 400o.  Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  Unfold pastry on parchment paper.  Using fork tines, pierce ½” border around edge of pastry, then pierce center all over. 

Arrange apple slices atop pastry in 4 overlapping rows, leaving border clear.  Brush apples with melted butter; sprinkle with sugar mixture.  Bake 30 minutes.

Brush melted jam over apples.  Bake until golden, about 8 minutes longer.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Serve with ice cream.                  
                                                                        Serves 4.

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