With just a few simple ingredients, you can have these delicious little tarts on the table and ready to serve to your family and guests. Puff pastry, apples, cranberry apple butter, plus a few other pantry staples and you’re all set! Simple, too! Yes, really.
I had two sheets of puff pastry kicking around in the freezer, and I couldn’t make my mind up about what to do with them. Fate took over when I found that Trader Joe’s was selling sacks of Macoun apples. They’re one of my favorites! They’re crispy, crunchy, juicy--and have just the right balance of tart and sweet. I look forward to their season every year. So with a sack of those, and a jar of Cranberry Apple Butter, I was on my way.
Cranberry Apple Tarts
Makes about 18 tarts
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
5 medium apples (I used Macouns) peeled, cored, thinly sliced, and tossed with
one to 2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
2 tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
Cranberry apple butter- 9 oz or so (you can use something else here, your fave fruit butter, an apple butter, jellied cranberry sauce, etc.-just be sure it's not too juicy or leaky)
Heat oven to 400.
Roll the puff pastry sheets out into a rectangle. Cut each rectangle into about 9 rectangles or squares. The shape doesn't really matter, just try to make them all roughly the same size. Put the cut pieces on a parchment lined sheet and refrigerate while you get the apples ready.
In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the pie spice, sugar and salt. Mix well, and set aside.
Spread each pastry square with a bit of the cranberry apple butter (not too much, just enough to make a thin layer), and place one sheet in the fridge while you work with the other sheet. Layer the apples on each pastry square over the apple butter, and them sprinkle each tart with some turbinado sugar. Place that sheet in the fridge, and finish the second sheet, layering the apples and sprinkling the sugar.
Bake the tarts for 23-25 minutes, until golden brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool the tarts on cooling racks.
- Don’t feel stuck the the rectangular shape of these. You can cut out circles, or any other shape you like. You could even make one large tart.
- These were truly a hit, all the way down to the very last one. They were disappearing off of the cooling racks faster than I could keep track of!
- The cranberry apple butter added a very nice tart to contrast the sweet apples, so if you can find some, it’s worth it! I got mine at Trader Joe’s.
- How pretty would a tray of these be for the holidays? You can set them on the dessert table, or serve as a lighter version of a full fledged pie, with small scoops of ice cream or whipped cream. Cinnamon whipped cream! Yes.
- These would also be a lovely addition to an office party potluck, or any for any party when you’ve been assigned to bring a dessert.