This easy apple tart has only 5 ingredients, is vegan friendly and free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar. Using a sheet of puff pastry makes this dessert a cinch to throw together!
Fall has finally arrived and whether or not the temperatures here in the south match up to the season yet, I’ve been eagerly awaiting all the fall flavors, like apples and cinnamon, pumpkin spice, salted caramel…it’s definitely one of the most delicious seasons, that’s for sure! Since apple pie is my hubby’s most favorite dessert, I wanted to surprise him with this super easy apple tart. Made with a sheet of store-bought puff pastry and a few other basic ingredients, it’s one of the most simple desserts you can make and is ready in just over half an hour!
Recipes don’t necessarily need to be difficult in order to be good. This particular dessert shines through it’s simplicity. Flakey and flavorful puff pastry is topped with sweet apples, butter, sugar, and cinnamon, which all bake together into a flavorful treat—it’s seriously too tasty not to try!
Rows of thinly sliced whole apple slices give the tart visual appeal. I used a mandolin to get perfect slices, but a good knife will also do. You can slice the apples whole, like I did, or in half slices. Peel them or don’t, and feel free to arrange them however you want—rows, circles, hearts.. It’s really up to you. This is a very versatile and almost fool-proof recipe!
Besides the puff pastry and apples, I brush a simple melted butter/sugar/cinnamon mixture over it all before baking. I like to use sweet apples, like fuji, jonagold, golden delicious, etc., so I don’t have to add a lot of extra sweetener. I only use 1 or 2 tablespoons of maple syrup for this whole tart!
Because this tart bakes up beautifully and there are only a few ingredients, anyone can whip up this easy dessert to impress your family and friends, whether you’re a baker or not! So what are you waiting for?! Go make this NOW!
…and call me when you’re done so I can come share with you! 😆😋
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Gently unfold thawed pastry and place on a large sheet of parchment paper. Roll pastry an inch or two larger and place overlapping apples slices all over pastry, leaving a one-inch border around the apples. Be generous with the apple slices for better flavor.
- In a small bowl, mix together me melted butter, maple syrup/sugar, and cinnamon until well combined. Using a pastry brush, generously brush butter-cinnamon mixture all across the apples and puff pastry.
- Transfer parchment paper with apple tart to a baking sheet and place into the oven. Bake for 30–35 minutes, until pastry is golden brown and apples are tender.
- Remove from the oven and let cool before slicing. Makes 8–12 squares, depending on how large you slice them.