Frozen puff pastry sheets are back at Trader Joe’s for the season, and with that, my love for making these apple tarts that my chef-caterer friend gave me the recipe for. I love apple pie but don’t want to deal with making the whole pie, so these tarts are the perfect, quick solution (and oh so yummy)!
Puff Pastry Apple Tarts
Makes 1 dozen
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 large apple (or 2 small ones)
1 puff pastry sheet, defrosted
1. Peel and core the apple, then dice into tiny cubes. Transfer to a bowl, and toss with the sugar.
2. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the apple mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 12 to 15 minutes. Keep the pan covered when not stirring. Add the flour, cinnamon and salt, and stir until the juices thicken, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
4. Unfurl a sheet of puff pastry. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter (or a cup rim about that size), press out a dozen circles. Lay each circle in a muffin tin cup. Spoon about a tablespoon of apple mixture into each pastry cup, making sure not to overfill or it will spill over when the pastry puffs up!
5. Transfer the muffin tin to the oven, and bake for 10 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Let cool slightly, and remove the tarts from the muffin tin with a spoon (you may have to loosen it by pressing the spoon all around the edges first). Enjoy!