Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Recipe | 5 comments

Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of apples. If you were to offer me a choice between an apple and a durian, I’d probably go with the weird spiky thing that smells like crap. (Not that durian isn’t delicious, you just have to get past the smell first.) For those of you who have had durian…you know I’m not lying about the stink. =]

Having had a few apples sitting around the house for a while now, I decided to battle it out with them and experiment while I’m at it. After scrounging through our cupboards for various ingredients, a short staring contest where the apples won, and then sweet revenge with the knife, I handed the job over to the oven and it managed to spit out apple tarts that were surprisingly tasty. For an experiment that is.

The family approves, but I’ll leave the final decision to the readers. Enjoy!

Apple Tarts

For those of you who like blueberries, this recipe works great for a blueberry tart as well!

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup instant oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup (~ 5 tbsp) butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pastry sheet/puff pastry sheet

Note: Makes 6 tarts

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel and core the apples, then cut them into small wedges before cutting each wedge into thirds.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Melt the butter and pour it over the apples before mixing with the dry ingredients. Stir well so that all the apples are evenly coated. Set aside for the moment.

Roll out your pastry sheet evenly on a floured surface. Depending on how large you’d like to make your tarts, cut out circles to the appropriate size. I used ramekins that were about four inches in diameter and so I cut my pastry in circles of roughly six inches in diameter. Make sure to butter the surface otherwise the crust of the tart will stick and probably break in the process of removing it from the mold. (This can easily be done without ramekins with a regular 9 x 11 baking pan, or even the use of ceramic coffee cups.)

Press the dough lightly into your mold and make sure its edges stay to the sides. For a circular mold, you may have to pinch the dough together and make a few folds or odd wrinkles. Add the apple filling into the tart with your desired amount and pop it in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until the dough turns golden brown.

Run a knife along the edge of the tart to loosen it from the mold. Instead of flipping it over onto a plate and then flipping it again so it’s right side up, just wiggle your knife around and it should easily slide out. This prevents any of the filling being wasted with the plate juggling trick.

This is best when eaten warm, so I’d suggest you don’t let it cool too long. Or, you may want a little bit of both and add a scoop of your favorite ice cream on the side to give your warm and gooey tart a cooler companion.

Very quick and simple recipe, enjoy~!

~ AJ ~

Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie Hwang

5 Comments

  1. Apr-5-2011

    Lol, nice one. I love apples in dessert. But i realized u always use pastry sheets. Do u make them or u buy them? Good one though =D.

    • Apr-5-2011

      Actually, I’ve been using pastry sheets in my recipes lately mostly because we have a bunch frozen in our freezer. ^^; I bought a package from BJ’s one time since I was curious to see if they were any good (Pillsbury Seamless Pastry Sheet). Otherwise, I usually make everything from scratch.

      After trying it out, I think they’re just okay. Not extraordinary but I suppose it’s not bad considering how it gets the job done quickly as compared to making the dough myself (which takes time but is usually tastier). On the other hand, I loooove Pepperidge Farm’s Puff Pastry Sheets. They come out so nice and flaky and it’s tasty too. Would definitely recommend it. =]

  2. Apr-6-2011

    Oh yum! I love apple desserts and this being just for two is perfect. I’m going to have to give it a whirl and try it. Maybe a side of vanilla ice cream just to make it more decadent. :)

  3. Apr-7-2011

    Humm.. can I have one :)
    It looks super yummy!
    Best,
    Auntie Carol

  4. Apr-10-2011

    Suzanne: Tell me how it turns out! I hope you like the end result. =)

    Auntie Carol: Next time you come over I’ll prepare a few in advance. ^^

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