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Category: Desserts

The Simplest Apple Tart

The Simplest Apple Tart
Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

At farmers markets each fall, tables are full of apples not ordinarily found in supermarkets. It's an adventure looking at them and asking whether they're crisp, tart or sweet, and best suited for cooking or eating out of hand. These ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 (9-ounce) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed 20 to 30 minutes
  • 2 tart apples, peeled, halved, cored and thinly sliced (keep each sliced half intact)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, chilled, cut into tiny pieces
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Step 1Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Set aside a large greased baking sheet.

Step 2On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry in a 13-inch square, as thin as possible, about 1/16-inch thick. Use a 6-inch plate to outline 4 circles on the pastry, then cut them out. Transfer them to the baking sheet in a single layer.

Step 3Arrange a tight circle of slices from each apple half on each pastry round. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small dish. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the mixture evenly over each tart. Dot each evenly with 3/4 teaspoon of butter. (This can be prepared up to 6 hours in advance and refrigerated or frozen up to 1 week, wrapped airtight.)

Step 4Bake the tarts until browned around the edges, about 15 to 18 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer them to dessert plates. Serve immediately with small scoops of ice cream placed in the center.

Each serving:
460 calories; 159 mg sodium; 8 mg cholesterol; 27 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 50 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams protein; 2.79 grams fiber.
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