Servings: 8 serving(s)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Intimidated by pastry? No worries. You can make the easiest apple tart using tasty store-bought pastry. A touch of molasses is the secret ingredient that keeps the apples from drying out and adds that true fall flavour.
Anyone can make an apple pie or an apple tart. No need to feel as though this fall classic is out of reach because you “don’t do pastry”. Store-bought puff pastry – especially those made with butter – is the perfect base to make this simple and showy apple tart.
This apple tart is extra delicious because the apples are sliced very thin and they’re flavoured with a little molasses. Molasses gives the tart a tangy sweet that suits fall. In fact, it adds enough flavour that I don’t even use cinnamon in this recipe.
I use a mix of Cortland and Macintosh apples when I bake tarts, pies and galettes. The apples add different flavours and Cortlands hold their shape better than Macintosh apples. It really doesn’t matter though. Just use your favourite fall apples in this recipe.
Tip: After you prep the dough you put it back in the freezer while you get the apples ready. The reason — the colder the pastry when it goes in the oven the flakier it will be when it’s cooked.
Easiest Apple Tart Recipe
- One package of store-bought puff pastry (all-butter)
- 3 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses, divided
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp. water
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- Sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Thaw puff pastry according to package directions, roll it flat and lay it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Lightly score each side, about 3/4” from the edge. Place in freezer (on the baking sheet).
- While the dough chills, toss the apples with the sugar and 1 Tbsp. of the molasses.
- Remove pastry from freezer.
- Whisk yolk with water and brush all over the pastry. Arrange the apples on top of the pastry, staying within the “score” line.
- Dot with butter and sprinkle over sugar.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from oven and immediately drizzle over remaining 2 tablespoons of molasses.*
- Let cool slightly before cutting.
*A delicious option: In a small saucepan combine the 2 Tbsp of molasses with 1 Tbsp. of butter and stir until butter is melted. Brush mixture over apples at the 25 min mark.)
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