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Flaky, buttery, puff pastry topped with sweet, juicy baked apples drizzled with a pool of sweet chai spiced cheats (aka easy) caramel. Ready to eat in 30 minutes, this is the simplest dessert to use up left over apples.

Apple halves on a puff pastry base with caramel drizzle

Apple Puff Pastry Tart 

I saw many many variations of this recipe all over my social media feed last year and I wanted in on that. So I made a version that I love. 

This is a riff on a french dessert and when we think of french desserts, we automatically imagine all manner of perfectly measured, glossy, fancy desserts in the window of a patisserie window. French baking at home though is different.

One of my favorite food writers, Dorie Greenspan, wrote of her time living in France: “No matter how chic the hostess, her homemade dessert invariably looked as rustic as if it had come from a farmhouse grand-mare.” That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

I love baking with apples. Apples spiced with chai spices and cooked until soft and juicy, obviously really appeal to me. See Chai Apple and Yoghurt Granola Parfait to Easy and Cosy Spelt Apple Crumble. I am also working on a chai spiced apple cake recipe at the moment. Obsessed!

What you need for Apple Puff Pastry Tart

This is a simple recipe that even young children could make. Just keep them away from the Caramel making bit and aid them with the apple cutting bit!

  • Puff Pastry
  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Nutmeg
  • Black Pepper
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Demerera Sugar
  • Butter
  • Lemon
  • Apricot jam

Best apples for Apple Puff Pastry Tart?

Ok so full disclosure here, I asked my husband to get the deepest red apples he could find. I tasted them and adjusted the sugar in my recipe accordingly. 

Simply put, you can use any apples that you like! Check out this list of British apples that you can use. My personal favorite for this recipe is Cox or Braeburn. Cox more then Braeburn. 

I find Granny Smiths or most cooking apples too tart for my liking but some feel they are better to balance out the sweetness of other flavours in a recipe like this. It is entirely down to personal preference though. 

Making the Apple Puff Pastry Tart

Here’s how it goes down:

  • Cut apples in half and core. Cut into 1/8 inch slices.
  • Make the super simple caramel.
  • Roll out Puff Pastry onto baking paper on a baking tray. Add a little caramel. Arrange apples on top of pastry. 
  • Brush the sides with egg and sprinkle over sugar.
  • Bake, brush on apricot jam and drizzle over more caramel. Serve!

Cheats Chai Caramel

I like to make sweet treats so they’re tasty enough to eat plain – and that is certainly the case here. A simple dollop of creme fraiche is more then sufficient. 

However, a little drizzle of Salted Caramel Chai Sauce is never a bad idea! It’s a quick job too, so well worth a go.

This is a really simple Caramel. It is literally about bringing the maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and pepper to a boil in a small saucepan and then stirring in the salt and vanilla. No sugar burning here!

Some Notes

  • You can either cut the apple all the way down and arrange into any form you like or cut almost all the way down. This makes it easier to handle.
  • Many people add Frangipane to Apple tarts. I don’t feel it is necessary in this recipe.  The richness it usually adds, is masked by the caramel completely. If you would like to make some, use the Frangipane element from this recipe. 
  • You can eat this tart, minus any additional toppings, however a dollop of ice cream, cream, crème fraiche works brilliantly too.
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Apple halves on a puff pastry base with caramel drizzle
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Apple Puff Pastry Tart

Flaky, buttery, puff pastry topped with sweet, juicy baked apples drizzled with a pool of sweet chai spiced cheats (aka easy) caramel. Ready to eat in 30 minutes, this is the simplest dessert to use up left over apples.

Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine british
Keyword Afternoon Tea, Apple Dessert, Apple Puff Pastry Tart, Easy Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 169 kcal
Author Safira

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 6 - 7 Apples See notes
  • 1 ready sheet Puff Pastry
  • 1 Egg Whisked in small bowl
  • 1- 2 tbsp Apricot Jam
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Demerera Sugar

Cheat Chai Syrup

  • 170 g Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Clove
  • Pinch Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 °C, Gas Mark 6.

Cheat Chai Caramel

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the cheats caramel aside from the salt and vanilla, in a small pot over medium/high heat. Bring to the boil and then turn the heat to low and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in vanilla and salt.

Pastry Assembly

  1. Cut apples in half and core. Cut into 1/8 inch slices. See Note.

  2. Roll out Puff Pastry onto baking paper on a baking tray. Arrange apples on top of pastry. Fold dough in 1 inch all the way around the edge.

  3. Brush the dough with the beaten egg and sprinkle over the sugar before spooning over 1 - 2 tablespoons of chai caramel.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown.

  5. Brush with apricot jam all over and spoon over more caramel.

Recipe Notes

  • How to cut the apples - You can either cut the apples all the way down and arrange into any form you like or cut almost all the way down. This makes it easier to handle.
  • Should I add Frangipane - Many people add Frangipane to Apple tarts. I don't feel it is necessary in this recipe.  The richness it usually adds, is masked by the caramel completely here. If you would like to make some, use the Frangipane element from this recipe. 
  • Toppings? - You can eat this tart, minus any additional toppings, however a dollop of ice cream, cream, crème fraiche works brilliantly too.
  • Which apples should I use? - Simply put, you can use any apples that you like! Check out this list of British apples that you can use. My personal favorite for this recipe is Cox or Braeburn. Cox more then Braeburn.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
     
Nutrition Facts
Apple Puff Pastry Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 33mg1%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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