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
6 apples ( granny smith)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 package almond paste
1 sheet puff pastry ( thawed)
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