Thursday, November 5, 2009

Apple Almond Tart

The holidays are approaching fast! Do you know what you are serving for thanksgiving? Do you plan, obsess, dwell on the perfect thanksgiving meal. Every detailed perfectly planned right down to the napkin ring. Or are you a fly by the seat of your pants kind of entertainer, putting together last minute details as your guests walk in.
I can be a little bit of both, there are times when I can plan a party a month in advance. I have every little detail written down, purchased, planned right down to the minute. I also have had amazing impromptu dinner parties with what ever I had in the cupboards and fridge that day.
Whether you lean towards the impromptu or a well planned party I have the perfect dessert. It is elegant yet simple. Pretty enough to serve at an elegant party and simple enough for a spur of the moment dinner.

Apple Almond Tart
Serves 6-8
6 apples ( granny smith)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 package almond paste
1 sheet puff pastry ( thawed)
1 egg
1 tbsp. butter (melted)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel, core and slice apples thinly. Once apples are sliced into rounds cut in half. Place orange juice and sugar in bowl and mix together. Put apples in orange juice mixture and toss to coat. Set aside. Remove almond paste from packaging, place on a flat surface. Using a rolling pin roll out paste until 1/4 inch thick.
Place puff pastry onto a baking with parchment paper or silpat. Cut a 1 inch strip from each side and set strips aside.
Place rolled almond paste on top of puff pastry. Layer apples in lines down the puff pastry slightly overlapping each apple, leaving 1/2 inch of pastry exposed on all sides.
Whisk one egg in a small bowl. With a pastry brush, brush on egg mixture to the edge of the puff pastry. Place strips of puff pastry that were set aside, one on each side.
Brush the apples with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake 25-30 minutes until pastry is golden brown
Serve with vanilla bean whipped cream


Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

An elegant and refined apple almond tart truly to sweeten your life :)



Ken said...

As usual, this is both elegant and sophisticated. GREG

Ken said...

KEN is SippitySup when I travel... GREG

Anonymous said...

A delicious and perfect tart, definitely perfect for any dinner party!

Chris said...

I'm more of the planner as far as the menu and scheduling goes, when doing a big meal like that. I'll even do a written time line or gant chart so I can visually see when I need to be starting things.

Laura in Paris said...

Lovely shots! Very delicate.

Barbara said...

I'm sure I would love your tart- especially since is has almond paste in it...but where ever did you get that lovely tray to serve them on?

Deeba PAB said...

Oh I love apple anything, and this is especially nice. Almonds makes it so worthwhile! Delish!!

girlichef said...

mmmm...almond paste is one of my favorite things in the world! This tart sounds delicious :)

Angie's Recipes said...

Sarah, these apple tart with almond look so lovely.

averagebetty said...

This looks simple to make yet is sure to totally wow holiday guests! I've got to try this yummy Apple Almond Tart :)