This cheater’s apple tarts recipe, made with puff pastry, apple slices, cinnamon, lemon, and brown sugar, is an easy dessert baked in muffin tins.
Author Donna Hay doesn’t elucidate for us the source of this recipe’ unusual name of cheat’s apple tarts. First I thought perhaps it was an interesting Aussie moniker—maybe the name of the person who created the recipe. An image of Mrs. Cheat, a stout woman with a stern face, was irresistible to me—but alas, it was ill-founded. After making the tarts, I understood the name refers to the shortcut of using store-bought puff pastry to cheat in terms of time. The only caution I’d add is to buy the very best quality puff pastry you can afford. It makes all the difference, not just in terms of taste but in presentation, too.–David Leite
Cheater's Apple Tarts
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 40 M
- Serves 6
Special Equipment: Six 1-cup capacity muffin cups
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*What You Need To Know About Puff Pastry
Australian recipe maven Donna Hay cleverly notes that you may be able to order puff pastry from any of your local pâtisseries (that’s French for “bakeries”). Of course, you can instead just pick up a package of puff pastry from the freezer case at your local grocery store. While we’ve got nothing against store-bought puff pastry, which do you think is going to taste better, something made with countless multisyllable ingredients of questionable origins that’s been collecting ice crystals for lord knows how long or something, or that’s made from real butter, whether that’s the Dufour brand or you’ve gently kneaded the butter into the flour by hand? Exactly.
Recipe Testers Reviews
What a quick and easy recipe to throw together. My 3 apples yielded enough filling for 8 tarts instead of 6 tarts. What a bonus!
I try to keep a package of puff pastry in the freezer for quick emergency appetizers (“Sure, you can stop by.”) Now that I have this recipe, I can see making these tarts often. They can be made any time of year, using whatever fruit is in season. Oh, and I didn't feel like I cheated at all. They went beautifully with a glass of homemade kumquat liqueur.
I couldn't find 1-cup capacity muffin tins. The largest muffin pan I could find in the store only held 2/3 cup. I ended up buying individual 1-cup glass custard cups.
The next time I put them directly on the oven rack and they browned much better but still lacked the amount of filling I would have liked for this size dish. I feel I could have used the 2/3 cup muffin tins and had a more equal amount of filling in the tart.