Saturday, June 29

A Stripped Down Tart


It is that classic Sunday night situation.
You are dying for a homey dessert to settle those stomach rumblings but are short of time, ingredients, and motivation.
A quick fix is needed, and luckily I have a simple, skinny, cheats solution.

How does an open apple tart with crusty sugared topping sound? Crowned with some top notch vanilla ice cream and dusted lightly with ground cinnamon?

Then dig in!
It is simple, cheap to make, and low calorie on the dessert front.

To make two or three large tarts you will need:
- 2/3 Sweet apples (I used Pink Ladies which are deliciously sweet but still hold a cracking crunch!)
- 1 packet of light pre rolled puff pastry. E.g. Jus-Rol
- 1 beaten egg
- Demerara sugar to sprinkle
- Some plain flour for dusting
- Good quality vanilla ice cream and ground cinnamon to serve.

Preheat your oven to 180C or 160 fan and line a baking tray with parchment.
Quarter your apples, remove the core, and slice into fine wedges.

Lightly dust the baking parchment with some plain flour and open up your pre rolled pastry.
Cut two or three large rectangles, but leave a thick strip for decoration and the edges.

Slide the rectangles onto the baking parchment.

Then, leaving a 2cm gap around the edges, gently pile up the apple slices on a slant.

Now I felt a bit creative.
You could leave these cheeky tarts open and naked, or you could use the excess pastry for a bit of decoration.
For the first one I cut some thin strips and layered them in a criss cross pattern. Don't worry if they aren't uniform as it is this quirky-ness that gives it the home made charm!
Just tack down the sides with your fingers to secure the pastry.

For the other, I took some thin strips and twisted them to create a pretty, decorative edge.

To make a glaze for perfect golden pastry, beat an egg and brush lightly over the tarts.

Finally, sprinkle generously with demerara sugar for the perfect sugar crusted, crunchy topping!

Slide into the oven for about 18 minutes, but watch them like a hawk after this as they can burn quickly if left alone.
Never trust a naked tart left alone!

Just look at the golden, sugar crusted top!
Oh sweet heavens. Deliciousssss.
There is only one thing this charming, easy dessert needs...

Ice cream!

There is nothing quite like a warm apple tart, fresh out of the oven, piled high with top notch vanilla Cornish ice cream. Just looking at it melt is heart warming enough!
I dusted mine with a little cinnamon and a spritz of runny honey. You could even add cinnamon to the top of the tarts before sliding into the oven, but sadly I'm the only cinnamon loving fan in my family. Gutting I know!

Anyhow, this recipe is ridiculously simple to make, can be adapted to use most fruits that you have lying around, and is the perfect last minute solution that packs a homey, comforting taste.

The task?
To try to wolf down the whole tart before the ice cream melts.
Challenge accepted!



  1. oh em gee. drool.

    Katie <3

  2. that looks delicious, wish I had some apples in now.

  3. Ooo, I love a tart, especially a skinny one, this looks so homely Emily! The 16th picture is literally b-e-a-utiful!
    I can't believe you're the only cinnamon fan! That's crazy, apple and cinnamon is the best combo, I have it sprinkled over apple boats all the time!
    Looks delish
    Lottie xxx
    Beauty and a Cookbook

    1. Thanks Lottie, such a sweetie!
      Tell me about it! The second I suggest cinnamon there is an major WWIII outcry! Nightmare or what?! xx

  4. These look delicious, think I may try this out myself

    Debs x

  5. This looks delicious. May i ask, where is your china from? its beautiful!

    1. Thanks Tub life! Its English Spode, my parents have a rather large collection (which is perfect for Christmas day/roast dinners!)
      Well worth the investment! xx

    Apple & cinnamon is pretty much my favourite food marriage of all time.
    I love the quick n easy pastry creation
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. Who needs to make their own pastry ey?! A skinny cheat isn't all that bad! xx

  7. Mmm, this looks amazing! x


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