This Puff Pastry Apple Tart is a quick, four ingredient dessert that comes together in minutes. Apples are tossed in a cinnamon-sugar mixture and layered on top of a buttery puff pastry, then baked in the oven.
This puff pastry apple tart requires only ten minutes of prep, twenty minutes in the oven, and four ingredients.
Granny smith apple slices are tossed in a cinnamon sugar mixture. Then, they're layered on top of a sheet of puff pastry. Once baked in the oven, this tart is flaky, buttery, and a crowd pleaser.
Top with a scoop of vanilla is cream or a dollop of homemade whipped cream.
What is puff pastry?
This apple tart comes together quickly due to the use of puff pastry. I always keep a box (or two) of puff pastry in my freezer, because it's easy to use and thaws quickly.
Puff pastry is made of very thin layers of dough and butter. These thin layers bake up into an incredibly flaky and tender pastry.
If you've never used puff pastry before, it's a must try. Puff pastry is usually found in the freezer section near the pie crusts. It comes in a box with two sheets inside.
Thawing puff pastry
Puff pastry will thaw on its own by transferring from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before you plan to bake.
If you forgot to thaw your puff pastry - no worries. Puff pastry will completely thaw in about 30 minutes by sitting at room temperature on the counter top.
Pull out your puff pastry, preheat the oven, and prep your apples. Your puff pastry will be thawed in no time.
Serving your apple tart
I sliced my tart into six pieces, similar to the size of a slice of apple pie. This tart would also slice perfectly into 9 smaller squares as well.
Try topping your tart with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, or a dollop of whipped cream.
Your tart can be served warm or at room temperature, and even tastes good the next day after baking. Simply cover in a sealed container overnight - no need to refrigerate.
Puff Pastry Apple Tart
- 1 puff pastry sheet thawed
- 2 granny smith apples
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Peel and core apples, then cut into thin slices. Toss apples in sugar mixture until evenly coated. Set aside.
- Unfold thawed puff pastry. Using a rolling pin, roll a few times each way to remove creases.
- Begin layering apple slices onto puff pastry, overlapping each other and leaving a 1" border around the edges. I was able to make three even rows with my apple slices, using large granny smith apples. (see photos)
- Place onto lined baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until puff pastry is lightly browned around edges and apples pierce through easily with a toothpick.
- Cool on a cooling rack until ready to serve. Can be served warm or at room temperature. Optionally, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.