Puff Pastry Apple-Apricot Tarts

by Heather on October 27, 2011

Let’s talk easy holiday desserts.

I am a big BIG fan of holiday baking.  I love sharing goodies with friends and family.  It gives me a thrill to try new recipes, master old ones, and eat all the ones in between.


But on the big day?  For Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert?  Well, truthfully I’ve baked my little heart out at that point and can’t handle the thought of pie crust mastery or getting the pecan pie to taste like Mom’s.  What I want is something easy that I can just make and toss in the oven and know it will turn out great.  Because let’s face it – by the time I’ve stuffed myself with turkey or ham and stuffing and gravy and green bean casserole and rolls and other stuff I’m in no mood for baking.

Now that I’ve cleared the air on that though I have to say that I am SO excited about dessert this year.  One because my parents are likely coming up for Christmas and that means I’ll get Mom’s pecan pie anyway, but two because I now have this tart in my arsenal of baking and will be using it all season.


And can we just say this:  puff pastry is God-send.  Like, straight from heaven.  It takes out all the guesswork and the hard part of baking and always gives a great finished look.  People will oooooh and aaaaaah and you’ll just smile and nod, because who doesn’t want to agree that they’re a baking goddess around the holidays.


I’ll take it!


  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator overnight
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples (or pick your favorite apple, I just like how the Granny Smith holds up to the sweetness)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup apricot preserves, warmed in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds until almost liquid

Preheat your oven to 400.  Take each puff pastry sheet and cut in half, leaving 4 equal rectangles.  Arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.  Take each apple and wash it, cut in half lengthwise, and core it.  Then lay it cut-side-down and slice very thinly – about 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch slices.  Layer half of each apple down the middle of each puff pastry sheet (so 1/2 and apple to each 1/2 of a puff pastry sheet), overlapping slightly.  Sprinkle each puff pastry half with 1/8 cup of sugar, 1 tsp of ground cinnamon, and 1/6 of a cup of the apricot preserves.  Bake in the oven for 8-12 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown and puffed.  Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature…just make sure you serve it!

I’m telling you, the dessert situation was touch-and-go there for a bit with the pies.  And as for pies?  I’ll be making them – have no doubt about that.  It just will be for no apparent reason in the middle of the week rather than on a big day filled with parades, stockings, holiday candles and excessive amounts of food!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 27, 2011

That looks wonderful! I bake an apple pie every year for Thanksgiving, and while it always makes me nervous, I’m always still excited about it.


2 Krystina (Organically Me) October 27, 2011

These are beautiful! And much simpler than they look, so they’re sure to impress.


3 Emily @ A Cambridge Story October 27, 2011

These look so beautiful yet so easy!! GREAT idea! (Ps – your chicken fajitas are in the slow cooker as we speak!)


4 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 27, 2011

Oh, wow! I can guarantee you though if I tried to make this it would look NOTHING like yours. Good thing I don’t mind looks…just taste. ;)


5 Bethany @ More Fruit Please October 27, 2011

The tarts came out beautiful! I’m going to bookmark these for the next time I have someone over for dinner. I’m so impressed that you didn’t use a tart pan and they came out holding their shape perfectly (which is good since I don’t have a tart pan)!


6 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 27, 2011

So pretty! I love how simple they are too.


7 Beth @ Beth's Journey October 27, 2011

Wow this dessert sounds AWESOME! I love how easy it sounds to make yet it still looks fancy!


8 Biz October 27, 2011

Holy cow – how simple is that?? Thanks for the idea Heather! This will definitely be on my Thanksgiving treat table this year!


9 Laurie @SimplyScratch October 27, 2011

Oh gosh! This sure looks purty… and easy, I love it!


10 Ashley October 27, 2011

Not only do they look delicious they look beautiful as well! Well done!


11 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 27, 2011

This looks too easy!! Def. going to bookmark this – maybe it would work with peaches or pears too?


12 Cat Davis - Food Family Finds October 27, 2011

I’m not a big fan of apricots but that’s a really pretty dish. I wonder how it would taste with apple butter spread instead.


13 heather October 27, 2011

Wow – such a gorgeous dessert! Love it!


14 sassymom October 27, 2011

Heather–that looks and sounds amazing–I don’t make pies–they’ve always intimidated me! But that fruit on the puff pastry looks like something I might venture into! It’s awesome that your parents may come for Christmas! Ya’ll will have so much fun–getting ready for “baby D”


15 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 28, 2011

Those are so elegant!


16 Kim in MD October 28, 2011

These look amazing, Heather! I totally agree with you about puff pastry!


17 The Cilantropist October 29, 2011

This is a fantastic idea – and I am with you, for big days I want a fail-proof dessert, and I often turn to pre-packaged puff pastry! Always a winner. ;)


18 olga October 30, 2011

Could you send me one piece to poland please :))


19 Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn October 31, 2011

Mmm that looks just like my favourite ever dessert! It’s just like something my mum makes back at home, I love it so much that I had it as my birthday dessert last year :-)
You’ve reminded me how easy it is if you take some short cuts, I might even attempt to make one this week in my silly student kitchen!
Thank you for posting it :-)


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