Baking season is upon us, and I’m ready!! I’m armed with plenty of butter, the freezer is stocked with puff pastry, my vanilla supply is in full force, I’ve stocked my sugar jar and I can’t be stopped! First up this year is this Vanilla Apple Tart.
It’s one of those perfect desserts that you can use any time this fall (along with my mom's famous apple crisp recipe), especially since the ingredients are almost always stocked in the kitchen. Even better, the crust is just a sheet of pre-made puff pastry (that you can find right in the frozen food section), because have you ever tried to make homemade puff pastry!? No one has time for such things! This tart could make an appearance at a dinner party, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve… basically any occasion that calls for a super epic dessert, this is your ticket! And the best part, there is no sharing involved because everyone gets their own! Jackpot.
I’ll be serving it up at our first big dinner party of the season in a few weeks to kick-off Halloween! All of my friends will be there, costumes in tow, and besides our costumes, this dessert will be the highlight of the meal!! And, I’m making a promise to myself right now to keep all dinner parties this season simple. That means making a few really superb dishes and letting them shine. No need to make a billion things - it’s quality over quantity guys!!!
Vanilla Apple Tarts
- 1 sheet Pepperidge Farms puff pastry cut into rectangles
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- ½ lemon juiced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 whole apples cored, halved and sliced, but not peeled
- 1 tablespoon Land O’ Lakes butter
- Store-bought caramel sauce for serving
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place the puff pastry rectangles onto a silpat lined baking sheet. Add the sugar, salt, lemon juice and vanilla bean seeds to the apples. Stir to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes.
- Arrange the apple slices on the pastry rectangles in a straight line, overlapping as you go. Dot the top with little bits of the butter. Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the pan immediately and place on a serving platter. Serve with caramel sauce on the side.