Craving a dessert that's both elegant and easy? This Puff Pastry Apple Tart is the answer. With golden layers of flaky pastry and perfectly caramelized apples, it's a treat that looks gourmet but comes together in a snap. Let's get baking!
I'm totally in love with these apple tarts! They may just be my new favorite Fall dessert.
The tart Granny Smith apples pair so beautifully with the warm notes of cinnamon and sweet apple jelly, all wrapped up within a delicately crispy puff pastry. A bite of this tart is like stepping into a warm, cozy kitchen on a cool, autumn afternoon – comfort, sweetness, and an overwhelming sense of joy. Yum!
And the best part - this Puff Pastry Apple Tart is so quick and easy to make. With just 10 minutes of prep work and 30 minutes in the oven, this dish is perfect for those unexpected holiday guests or late night dessert cravings. It's also a gorgeous showpiece – your family will totally think this took you all day!
These Puff Pastry Apple Tarts are:
- An easy baking recipe.
- Family friendly.
- Perfect for apple season!
- A quick and delicious dessert.
Are you ready to channel your inner pastry chef?
Puff pastry tip!
You want your puff pastry to be completely thawed but still cold when you begin to work with it. I like to let mine defrost in the refrigerator.
What apples should I use?
Really you can use any variety of apple that you prefer for these pastries. But I recommend using classic Granny Smith - their tart flavor is perfect for this!
Make it Instagram worthy!
Be sure to arrange your apple slices uniformly for even baking and presentation. Remember, visual appeal is half the battle in cooking! Don't forget to score your pastry edges before baking too, to get that beautiful border.
Let the apple tart cool before slicing.
This is to ensure it holds its structure, giving you those perfect pieces.
Make it vegan.
This recipe is almost vegan as is. Just swap the butter for some vegan margarine, like Earth's Balance, and be sure to choose a vegan friendly brand of apple jelly. Most commercially made puff pastry is already vegan, but it's always a good idea to check the label. Or you can try your hand at making your own vegan puff pastry.
Eat these right away!
These apple tarts really don't keep that well, as the puff pastry will start to get soggy when left to rest. So, I definitely recommend serving these treats fresh from the oven.
Ready to experiment with this recipe? Here are some delectable variations to try.
Add caramel sauce.
Try drizzling caramel sauce or honey over the apple tart for an extra layer of indulgence. Or serve it with a side of caramel sauce for dipping - like this vegan caramel sauce.
Add some crunch.
Sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts before baking to add a delightful crunch.
Give it a citrus twist.
For a tangier treat, replace apple jelly with lemon curd.
Swap the spices.
You can also play with spices - try adding some ground nutmeg or star anise to the apple sugar mix for a fresh, distinguishable note.
Make mini apple tarts.
You can divide your puff pastry into smaller pieces to make individual sized apple tarts. This is a fun option for a holiday dessert.
More Tasty Ideas
If you love these Puff Pastry Apple Tarts, be sure to check out these other tasty ideas:
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
- 3 tablespoons apple jelly heated until smooth
- 3 medium granny smith apples peeled and sliced thin
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter divided
- Preheat oven to 375 F, line a baking sheet with parchment
- Roll out the puff pastry until it is about 12x18, lightly score a ½” border around the edges with a knife, then place onto prepared baking sheet
- Spread the apple jelly evenly along the bottom of the inner rectangle of pastry
- Gently arrange the apples in rows down the length of the smaller rectangle of pastry
- Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the apples, then fold the pastry up over the apples slightly
- Divided half the butter in small dots over the top of the apples, melt the remaining butter and brush onto the border
- Bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the pastry is golden brown
- Allow to cool at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving