Apple and Cherry Puff Pastry Tarts


Who said desserts have to be cumbersome? Here is an easy-peasy dessert recipe that anyone, literally ANYONE can pull off! Baking newbies, this recipe is perfect if you have a sugar craving but are looking for something easy to get baking.

“Dessert makes everything better.”

We love frozen puff pastry, be it sweet recipe or a savoury one. It literally speeds things up so much in the kitchen! And while making pastry is fun and tastes delicious, sometimes there is just not enough time to start from scratch. I mean, who doesn't have at least one favourite recipe involving puff pastry? While it's hard to choose from the plethora of goodness, there is just something special about our Finnish Christmas Tarts during the most “wonderful time of the year”.


And while it might be a bit too early to start baking Christmas tarts (or maybe not, haha), fruity tarts are all the hype during the autumn. If you think cherry on top of ice cream is good, wait till you taste ice cream on top of gooey cherries on a bed of perfect puff pastry crust!


If you want to keep an eye on your sugar consumption, this low-sugar dessert recipe is a win-win on the lips and the hips. Most of the sweetness of the tarts comes from natural sugars from the fruit. There is only a little added sugar, and it's less than 1 tsp per serving. So overall, fruit tarts seem to be a good option for a healthy dessert choice, after all, fruit is the main ingredient!

As we promised, this easy-peasy recipe only requires 15 minutes of prep time and another 20 minutes of baking time. In case you're on a plant-based diet, be sure to look out for vegan puff pastry. Alternatively, to make this recipe gluten-free, swap out the puff pastry one for a gluten-free one. Oh, and one more thing before you get baking – don't be surprised if you are mesmerised by the smell of your kitchen after this fun baking session!

Ingredients


Serves 8 portions


Apples (2) thinly sliced

Cherries (300g) pitted & halved

Granulated sugar (30g or 1/4 cup)

Cornstarch (1 tbsp)

Vegan puff pastry (400g or in our case 4 medium sized pieces of puff pastry)

Apple sauce (2 tbsp)

Almond milk (6 tbsp)

Dark syrup (2 tbsp)

Cinnamon (1/4 tsp)

Powdered sugar (1/2 tsp)

Method


For apple tarts:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.

  2. Prepare the frozen puff pastry by dividing it into approximately equal squares. If you're using store bought puff pastry that is already squared, you can skip to the next step of the instructions.

  3. Thinly slice your apples.

  4. In a small bowl combine the almond milk and dark syrup and mix well to combine. This is your vegan “egg wash”. Brush all the sides of the puff pastry with the “egg wash” mixture.

  5. Spread a thin layer of apple sauce evenly on the puff pastry (avoiding the edges).

  6. Neatly arrange the apple slices over the apple sauce. Sprinkle a hint of cinnamon on top.

  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

  8. Allow the pastries to cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the tarts with powdered sugar or top with vegan ice cream. Enjoy!

For cherry tarts:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.

  2. Prepare the puff pastry by dividing it into approximately equal squares. If you're using store bought puff pastry that is already squared, you can skip to the next step of the instructions.

  3. In a small saucepan cook the cherries, sugar and 1/2 cup water on medium high heat. Add the cornstarch and continue mixing for 5-10 minutes until the filling starts to thicken.

  4. In a small bowl combine the almond milk and dark syrup and mix well to combine. This is your vegan “egg wash”. Brush all the sides of the puff pastry with the “egg wash” mix.

  5. Spread the cherry tart filling over the puff pastry forming an even layer.

  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

  7. Allow the pastries to cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the tarts with powdered sugar or top with vegan ice cream. Enjoy!

Tips

  • This recipe moves fast but you might want to keep an eye that the puff pastry doesn't de-frost too fast. The best results are with chilled puff pastry!

  • You can also use coconut oil or vegan butter for your “egg wash”. Feel free to substitute dark syrup for maple or agave syrup based on what is handy.


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