Quick & Easy Apple Tart

After a too-fun-for-words trip to Austin, Texas spent noshing on BBQ and tacos, tubing down the San Marcos river, and sampling the beers from a variety of outdoor bars, I am officially relieved that I don’t have to squeeze into an swimsuit for the rest of the year. Summer, you had your moment. I think it’s about time you go.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s welcome fall: Apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, flaky pastry, and warm, delicious decadence. Oh, how I have longed for you.

This pastry, just like the lovely Pioneer Woman promises, is really both quick and easy. And it ain’t half bad to look at either, huh?

All it calls for is one sheet of puffed pastry, a couple of apples, brown sugar, a dash of salt and my two best friends come fall: cinnamon and nutmeg. When you’ve stopped drooling over the picture and are ready to bake… Slice the apples, toss ’em with the sugar and spices, eat a few, and then lay them out on the thawed pastry all fancy-like, if you want. (Has it been scientifically proven yet that pretty, layered dishes always taste better, or is it just my opinion?) Then, stick ‘er in the oven for 18-20 minutes, and you’ve got a gorgeous dessert.

This apple tart is casual enough to enjoy with someone special or by yourself wrapped up in your Snuggie, but it’s also good lookin’ enough to serve to guests. It’s delicate, decadent and absolutely delicious, and I know you, or anyone lucky enough to enjoy it, will agree!

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Quick & Easy Apple Tart

Yield: Serves 4


1 whole sheet puffed pastry, cut into half or thirds
2 whole apples
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
¼ teaspoons salt


Preheat oven to 415 degrees.
Peel, core, halve and slice apples. Place puffed pastry rectangles onto a baking pan that’s been sprayed with nonstick spray. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a medium bowl. Add apples and toss to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes.

Arrange apple slices on the pastry rectangles in a straight line, overlapping as you go. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until pastry is puffed and golden brown.

Remove from pan immediately and place on a serving platter. Serve plain, with caramel topping, whipped cream, or a sprinkling of powdered sugar.


Adapted from Pioneer Woman


30 Responses to “Quick & Easy Apple Tart”

  1. #
    Magic of Spice — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous tart…I love this crust it looks perfect :)

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    Katrina — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Mmm this looks so good!

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    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    This is so befitting for Fall…all the good things that you mentioned in one beautiful dessert. There’s two tarts in the first image…was one for you and the other for Hubby? I could eat this all to myself and not feel guilty about it! :)

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    newlywed — January 10, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    This is a work of art!

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    Er Abhishek Haridasan — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    J’adore Apple Pie…!!!

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    the urban baker — January 10, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    I need to feed a huge crowd on Saturday and was going to make a very complicated apple slab pie. Not anymore! Thank you, Thank you!

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    Ayeesha Riaz — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    That looks so delish, just like the one I see in TV or recipe books.

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    Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    beautiful tart!

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    Jennifurla — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Gorgeous I agree!

  10. #
    Annalise — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    Beautiful tarts! I make these often when I have extra puff pastry dough around LOVE them. So simple, so yummy.

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    lindentea — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    What an elegant and easy tart, I will try it this weekend. I love your blog and just started following through google friend connect. Thank you for sharing.

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    Marla — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    These apple tarts look amazing. Glad to read they are so simple to prepare too! These would be great for Fall parties…guests would swoon :)

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    Kristina (www.mylifeasamrs.com — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    YUM! These look Delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting- it helped me discover your blog! Love all the pictures (i’m such a picture person)! Nice to “meet” you! :)

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    these look pretty and delicious

  15. #
    Angie's Recipes — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    Looks fantastic! So flakey and delightful…exactly the type of pastry treat I love!

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    Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    Sounds easy and looks fabulous- that’s my kind of dessert!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    Beautiful! And I love the simplicity of it…and of course the ease!! I’ll be trying this one for sure!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    Thank you! I wish I could take credit for the crust, but sadly, it’s storebought :( Still incredibly light and flaky, though!

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    Twopeasandtheirpod — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    I love how quick and easy this is! Great photos too!

  20. #
    Karen — January 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    Beautiful tart…comfort food at its finest!

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    Monet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Quick, easy, and oh-so-beautiful! Your tart looks just stunning…I could easily eat an entire rectangle. I love desserts that are elegant and simple. You hit the mark on this, my dear!

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    Peabody — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Looks super elegant.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    This looks like true Autumn comfort food!

  24. #
    Pam — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Beautiful! I wish I had a slice right now.

  25. #
    Deborah — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    I love desserts like this one that can be casual or elegant! This is gorgeous!

  26. #
    Shyla Batliwalla — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    That looks spectacular. So beautiful and delicious! I’ll have to try it.

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    Tomatoesonthevinecooking — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Wow, the apple tart is beautiful.

    Yes, let’s say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn. I am so ready to open the windows and wear a sweater.

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    Anonymous — November 27, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    I made these this morning…oh my goodness they are delish! I used honeycrisp apples, yummo! I forgot to use the baking paper, tho, and my pan was a gooey mess. But the tarts are so good it’s no problem!

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    Anonymous — October 13, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    How far ahead can these be made? I would like to make and bring to a shower tomorrow and wanted to be sure that it is not recommended to serve immediately. There is only going to be about 14 guests and other desserts as well. How much do you think I should make?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — October 13, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    I’d recommend you make these the same day as they’ll be served, otherwise the puff pastry will lose its crispness a bit. Two tarts, which is what this recipe makes, should be sufficient.

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