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French apple tarts

French apple tarts on eatlivetravelwrite.comAre you like me and associate apples with the Fall? Perhaps it’s the teacher in me – I always think of apples as being a September “thing” – but did you realise that in Ontario, apples are available nearly year round? Nope, me neither until quite recently. I also hadn’t realised how many different types of apples grow here in Ontario – close to 20 different varieties of apples are grown over 16,000 acres – the major apple-producing areas are found along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and the top five varieties in Ontario (based on acreage planted) are McIntosh, Empire, Northern Spy, Red Delicious and Gala. Some of you might remember that Neil and I had a wonderful experience recently at Delhaven Orchards learning all about apple growing and production. Delhaven themselves grow 16 varieties of apples! That day we got to taste a few different varieties straight off the tree and for those of you who think an apple is an apple is an apple, well, you’d never realise just how different apples can taste until you’ve done a side by side comparison. My favourite apples for eating are Honey Crisp, Ambrosia and Fuji…

Bin of apples at Delhaven Orchards on eatlivetravelwrite.comApple Orchards at Delhaven in Blenheim on eatlivetravelwrite.comSo, for eating purposes, you most likely know what you enjoy when it comes to apples too.  But when it comes to baking, using in sauces or salads, do you know which apple is best? Ontario Apples has a handy guide to help you choose which variety of apple to use depending on what it’s for. I’m lucky that my bi-weekly organic fruit and vegetable delivery service almost always has Ontario apples available and I make sure to choose different varieties, mostly to eat fresh, but sometimes to make apple sauce, or maybe (my favourite!) a tart.  An apple tart can be a true thing of beauty – so simple but perfect for any time of year – not just the fall. Which is why today I’m sharing a recipe for a tart you just might want to make way for on your holiday table…

Ontario Apples French Apple tartlet on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis is a variation of an Ontario Apples recipe for French Apple Tarts that I think is perfect for holiday entertaining. And since, you know, apples are in season right now, it’s not just tasty but also, seasonal!

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Apples glazed with apricot or passionfruit jam on a puff pastry base. So easy, yet so elegant.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 4 large Ontario apples (For best results, use Ontario Empire, Cortland, Crispin, Golden Delicious, Idared, Northern Spy, or Spartan apples), peeled and sliced
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 8 tablespoons plain Greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup apricot of passionfruit jelly/ jam
Instructions
  1. On lightly floured surface roll out half of puff pastry dough into a 9 inch (23 cm) square. Cut dough into four 4.5 inch (11.5 cm) squares; place on baking sheet.
  2. Repeat with remaining dough.
  3. Place baking trays in the fridge while you prepare the apples.
  4. In large bowl toss apple slices with lemon juice and sugar.
  5. Remove the pastry from the fridge and brush the beaten egg over, coating to the edges.
  6. Spread the Greek yoghurt over the pastry squares, leaving a small border around the edges.
  7. Lay the apple slices on pastry, overlapping slightly.
  8. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes, then sprinkle a little more sugar over the apples.
  9. Return tarts to oven and bake about 10 minutes longer or until pastry is puffed and golden.
  10. Prepare glaze:
  11. When the tarts are baked, brush the glaze over the top of the apples and the edges of the pastry.
  12. Serve the tarts warm or at room temperature.

 

French apple tartlets on eatlivetravelwrite.comI was very impressed with both the ease of preparation as well as the elegance of the appearance of these tarts. I know my “apple arranging” could use some work but I love the rustic look as those of you who read my blog on a regular basis will know, so we’ll go with “rustic” apple tarts!  These were so good I feel they will be making an appearance at my own family holiday dessert table – but shh – don’t tell anyone how easy they are!

Disclosure: I received compensation from the Ontario Apple Growers for writing this post, however, all opinions are 100% my own.

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10 Responses to French apple tarts

  1. French Cooking for Dummies December 18, 2013 at 06:34 #

    Your ‘rustic’ apple tarts look gorgeous! I bought ginger jam yesterday, I’m thinking of trying it in your recipe… Thanks for the mouth watering inspiration :D

    • Mardi Michels January 11, 2014 at 16:16 #

      Oh that would be LOVELY with some ginger jam!

  2. Paula December 18, 2013 at 18:35 #

    Your apple arranging looks just fine to me. The tarts look like they would be a lot harder to make than what they actually are. Beautiful.

    • Mardi Michels January 11, 2014 at 16:16 #

      Yes and that’s what I love about them – noone has to know how easy they are!

  3. Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul) December 18, 2013 at 23:46 #

    Yum! French apple tarts are my favourite and these look perfect, Mardi! Whenever my mom would walk with us over to the neighbourhood bakery, I would always pick a square slab of apple tart, and not one of the decadent chocolaty desserts. I think apple tarts/apple desserts are so comforting.

    • Mardi Michels January 11, 2014 at 16:15 #

      Yes I always thought that fruit tarts were so much more sophisticated than some other pastries too – maybe because of the glaze?

  4. Coco in the Kitchen December 19, 2013 at 16:05 #

    Orchards are just so lovely. I always picture a romantic table witha linen tablecloth
    set among the fruity trees.

    Apples fresh from the orchard must taste like heaven.
    This tart is lovely.
    Might make one and bring it to the office for a holiday treat.
    Thanks, Mardi.
    Merry Christmas!

  5. Cakelaw December 20, 2013 at 01:54 #

    Yummo – how good do these look! And they have fruit so they must be healthy too ;)

  6. Dina December 23, 2013 at 10:08 #

    it looks lovely!

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