The simplest recipe for an easy French apple tart with rough puff pastry dough, fresh apples, sugar, butter and a jelly glaze. This is the perfect dessert to whip up for a dinner party or a date night in!
- 1 recipe Rough Puff Pastry Dough
- 4 to 5 small apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 1/4 cup apricot or apple jelly
- 1 tablespoon water or rum
- Powdered sugar, for topping (optional)
- Heat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry dough to a rough 10×14-inch rectangle or 12×12-inch square, depending on the look you want to achieve. Use a ruler and a small knife or pizza cutter to trim edges straight. Carefully transfer dough to prepared baking sheet.
- Arrange apples decoratively (or rustically, if that’s more your style) in a single layer on top of pastry, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle sugar evenly over apples; top evenly with cubed butter.
- Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until pastry is puffy and golden brown and apples are tender and beginning to brown on the edges. Use a spatula to carefully transfer tart to a serving plate.
- In a small bowl, heat apricot jelly and water (either in microwave or on the stove) until just warm; whisk until smooth. Brush mixture in a thin, even layer over top of tart. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature. Tart is best served the day it is made.
- The best apples for this recipe are any that hold their shape well for baking. For a milder, less sweet flavor, use Granny Smith; for more intense sweetness, choose Honeycrisp.
- You can swap the rough puff pastry dough for 1 sheet of frozen store-bought puff pastry dough, thawed per package directions.
- If one side of pastry starts to puff up significantly during baking, poke a small slit with a knife to let the air out.
- The apple juices will likely burn on the edges of the baking sheet, but don’t worry! The tart itself will be just fine.
- This recipe is adapted from queen Ina Garten.
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