When we have company, I tend to pour all of my efforts into the appetizers and main course, which leaves me little to no time to whip together some sort of impressive dessert. I mean, what’s dessert unless it’s impressive? One of my favorite desserts is apple pie. I do pull out all the stops in the fall and will spend hours in the kitchen making the perfect latticed pie top, but again, it’s the only thing I’ll make all day. Add a dinner into that plus guests, and it’s just not a practical thing to make for a dinner party.
Enter the 5-ingredient Apple Tart. That’s it. 5 simple ingredients – store bought puff pastry, apples, brown sugar, applesauce, and a lemon – 6 ingredients if you sift powdered sugar over the top. The most effort you’ll expend on this is slicing the apples, but the rest is easy peasy.
Just look how impressive this Apple Tart looks when you pull it out of the oven for your guests!! Restaurant quality impressive, right?!?
What’s pictured here is 1/2 of 1 sheet of phyllo dough. In fact, when we made this we had a friend join us for dinner and 1/2 of 1 sheet of phyllo was plenty of apple tart for dessert. I cut this into 4 equal pieces, and served it with a scoop of almond milk vanilla ice cream, and the three of us then shared the 4th piece. So, puff pastry will go a long way.
I make the apple mixture before company arrives and set aside. I’ve also left out the puff pastry on the counter so it’s fully defrosted and ready to rock and roll along with the apples. After dinner is done and everyone is sitting around relaxing, I construct this apple tart, pop it in the oven, turn on the coffee pot, and get ready to have that OMG moment as it melts in my mouth! Adding a small scoop of vanilla ice cream with it is, well, as you can imagine, amazing. Dairy allergy? Try the vanilla flavors of Almond Milk or Coconut Milk ice cream. I’ve found many that are equally as good as the original dairy version.
Here’s what it looks like as soon as it comes out of the oven without the powdered sugar…you can see how the applesauce bakes with the apples and brown sugar, giving it a juicier taste. Even without the powdered sugar, it still looks pretty impressive, like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours working on it!
You will find after making this recipe how handy puff pastry is. I’ve used it for a quick topper for my chicken pot pie, as well as individual cherry and apple tarts, and for appetizers. It’s a great addition to have in your freezer at all times. Cost is about $6 for 1 box but that will make plenty of dessert for your dinner party since you get 2 sheets of puff pastry per box, and the Pepperidge Farm boxes typically come with a .75 coupon inside for your next purchase!
I hope you enjoy it a much as we do.
Click here for the recipe.