Puff Pastry Fried Apple Tarts are the perfect little treat. Tender slices of apples with just the right amount of sweetness, laced with cinnamon, all in a flaky shell.
I know Fall is here. Heck I just went apple picking, sure sign of the season. I’m not ready for this. I swear Fall flies by in a matter of a few weeks, and we all know what happens after that. OMG seriously I can’t think about Christmas right now. I need another cup of coffee. What am I going to do with ALL these apples?
Nothing beats fresh apples in season. My mind keeps telling me to make muffins, coffee cake, dumplings, pies. Oh yeah my husband keeps telling me to make apple crisp…like over and over and over again. He probably thinks I don’t hear him. I do, but right now I am choosing to ignore him.
What is the deal with wasps in the apple orchard? They really know how to put a damper on an enjoyable day. The constant buzzing around my head was driving me nuts. What are wasps put on this earth to do? If it’s to simply annoy us, they are pros!! Perhaps giving them a better job is in order.
Back to my dilemma of what to do with the apples? Something that will make the house fill with the aroma of cinnamon. That will bring a smile on my husband’s face when he walks in the door from work. Something that will relax me while I bake. I really need to keep my mind off of Christmas.
When I was a kid, my aunt made this wonderful apple square. It was one of the best apple desserts going. Of course, following in the footsteps of their own mom (my baba) they cooked/baked from memory. Wonderful that they could just create magic in the kitchen. However, since they have all unfortunately left us, it makes it impossible to make their recipes without some sort of guidance. I have tried several times to get this apple square right, and have failed every time. Why didn’t they write something down? I know they didn’t have Pinterest back then, but paper and pencils were created for something.
I love playing with puff pastry. It reminds me of Play Doh. Having fun in the kitchen is great. I can relax, bake, and enjoy all the wonderful Fall aromas. Sugar and spice, and everything nice!!
Have you ever made fried apples? So easy and so delicious. Great as a topping on yogurt, ice cream or oatmeal. They are the base of my delicious dutch baby pancakes. Today I am going to use them in tarts.
With these apples you get a double dose of aroma goodness. Once as you fry the apples, and second when you bake the tarts. By the time I am done, not only will my husband smell these as he walks in the door, so will the neighbours since the windows are open. I might get some people wanting to come over for coffee.
The fried apples have just the right amount of sweetness. I love using Cortland’s for this recipe. These apples keep their shape and texture so well. The cinnamon syrup base is perfect to fill the tarts with sticky goodness.
Hmmm these tarts remind so much of that apple square. Wow if only I could get it right. Since I have lots of apples, perhaps it’t time for one more shot. Surely I can get it right this time. I know one thing, when I do I am going to write it down!!
Now that Fall is here, what tasty apple recipes are you going to make? Whatever it is, take some time to stop and “smell the spices of the season”. Relax with a cup of coffee or tea, and bite into one of these Puff Pastry Fried Apple Tarts. Before you know it, you will coming back to search for Christmas cookies recipes to bake.
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Looking for more ways to use apples? Here are a few:
Puff Pastry Fried Apple Tarts
For the Shells:
- 1 package of puff pastry (thawed)
For the Apples:
- 4 apples (peeled and sliced)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
To make the Fried Apples:
Over medium heat melt butter in a heavy bottomed skillet.
Add the sugar and spices.
Let the sugar melt.
Add the apple slices, stir to coat well.
Cook for approx. 12 minutes.
Apples should be soft but not mushy.
Set aside to cool.
To make the Tarts:
Preheat oven to 375º F.
Prepare a tart/muffin pan (I used a 12 cup size pan).
Slightly roll thawed puff pastry.
Using a round cutter, cut out discs of dough.
Place each disc in the pan.
Evenly divide cooled apples among the shells.
Top each tart with cutout (optional).
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, and allow to cool in pan.
Carefully remove tarts from pan, and place on a cooling rack.