Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Individual Rustic Apple Tarts & Winners!

These little rustic tarts are easier than pie (isn't that an expression?).
But I mean it!

Using my beloved frozen puff pastry allows me to spend time on the main dish, instead of worrying about a fancy dessert.

I had 2 lonely apples in the crisper drawer and was having 6 for dinner, so this was perfect.

Rustic Apple Tarts: (made 9 tarts)

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted

2 apples, (I leave the peel on), cut into 1" cubes
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp melted butter

1 egg, beaten (for the egg wash)
turbinado sugar for sprinkling

Mix the diced apples in a bowl with the sugar, cinnamon, zest and butter, until coated.

Lay out a piece of defrosted puff pastry and cut into about 8 squares (I got 9 squares?) to fit your muffin tin.

Line muffin tins with the pastry squares, making sure the corners are overlapping onto the tin.

Fill the baskets w/ the apple mixture and neatly fold over the corners to cover the apples a bit.

Brush with some egg wash and sprinkle with some turbinado (raw) sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes in a 400F oven and let set a few minutes in the tins before removing them. You will need a spoon to lift them out, because the sugary syrup gets very sticky.

Serve w/ iced cream or whipped cream.

These are really delicious and the lemon zest makes them extra special.


The winners of the Pioneer Woman Cookbook Giveaway are:

Denise S. who wondered why her eggs in a basket were always burned (she had the oven temp set to 475F!!) and Shelly R. from Louisville, KY who uses blogs for her dinner inspiration!

Ladies, please contact me so I can mail out your PW cookbooks!


Linda said...


Ciao Chow Linda said...

Great idea for a quick and delicious dessert.

Laura said...

I can't wait to try these! The little tarts look so delicious and inviting and the recipe is much easier than I anticipated! Thanks for sharing!

Арина said...

Hi! Beautiful and delicious!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Congrats to the winners.

I luv those. Cute and look so good.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Congrats to the winners.

I luv those. Cute and look so good.

Anonymous said...

Super lucky 6! I'd love to know the preceding menu...

Anonymous said...

Bummer that I didn't win the cookbook but congratulations to those who did! :)

This recipe looks awesome!
Wanda D.

Joanne said...

I really need to get some puff pastry into my fridge! It seems so useful to have around...especially for those random dessert cravings!

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

These look delicious! Always have PP in my freezer, just incase... :)

rcoda said...

Gotta try these... much easier and less time than a pie.

Claudia said...

Inspired - I do this as one but never individually. I come here and have a lot of "duh" moments. Grand idea.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Look what you created with just 2 lonely apples, put on the coffee, I'm coming over!

Lisa in Delaware said...

Very cute, tasty-looking, looks like you slaved in the kitchen. I'm keeping this recipe to impress. Thanks, Stacey! Lisa

tasteofbeirut said...

Great idea! Love apples and apple pie but I never make a classic apple pie, too much effort! these are the perfect answer!

Anonymous said...

stacey, these are simply amazing. i love it, and very easy to make. thanks for making fall fun!!

joey D.