Puff Pastry Fried Apple Tarts are the perfect little treat. Tender slices of sauteed apples with just the right amount of sweetness, laced with cinnamon, all in a flaky shell.
Southern fried apples are so good. These apple tarts are perfect to celebrate apple season.
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? Have you tried Smoked Grilled 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.
The flavours of fall are my favourite of all. In fact, I even created a Fall Flavours Apple Salad. Perfect for lunch, or a side dish especially with pork or chicken. Apple Stuffed Squash is a meal all on its own.
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.
When I was a kid, my aunt made this wonderful apple square. It was one of the best apple recipes going. Always a hit with the family.
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 so want to recreate that apple dessert.
MAKING FRIED APPLES
Have you ever made fried apples? So easy and delicious. Think fried apple pies!
Great as a topping on yogurt, ice cream or oatmeal. They are the base of my delicious dutch baby pancakes. Perfectly paired with pork!
Super easy to make:
- Peel and slice apples
- Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet
- Add butter, sugar, and spices, and allow to melt
- Add apples and cook until softened
See, I told you it was easy. I don’t like my fried apples “mushy”, so I make my slices on the thick side. You can adjust the thickness as well as the cooking time. There really isn’t a wrong way.
Have you ever tried Cracker Barrel fried apples? Some people think they are the best southern fried apples going.
I happen to think once you make this fried apple recipe, you will want to make them all the time. Homemade is BEST!
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.
For the pastry part of this apple recipe, I used store-bought puff pastry. I think it is like using play-doh in the kitchen. If you are really ambitious, my friend Veena has a great recipe for homemade puff pastry. I still need to give this a try myself.
Apples are such a great ingredient to work with. You can use them in sweet and savory applications. And let’s not forget they are PERFECTLY delicious all on their own.
BEST APPLES FOR FRIED APPLE TARTS
Depending on where you are located, there are LOTS of great options to choose from.
When cooking apples in recipes I prefer apples that stay firm and keep their structure. Unless of course, you are making applesauce.
Ontario has some wonderful apple varieties.
For this apple tarts recipe, I used Cortland my FAVOURITE of all. You could also use:
- Northern Spy
- Honeycrisp (my second favourite)
Check out your local grocery store for apple varieties from other regions.
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady
Hmmm, these Fried Apple Tarts remind so much of that apple square. Now if only I could get it right. Since I have lots of apples, perhaps it’s 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 be coming back to search for Christmas cookies recipes to bake.
Looking for more ways to use fried apples? Here are a few:
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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.