Sweetheart Apple Tart

Maybe it’s the sweet Honeycrisp apples combined with LIVA date sugar that make this so special because whenever it comes out of the oven I hear - “Sweetheart? Is that your apple tart?” Along with tasting so heartwarmingly good, my kitchen fills with a sweetly sensuous spicy aroma. Try it. I’ll bet you hear a big “Sweetheart!”

 

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry
3 Honeycrisp apples (they’re my favourite but you could also use Northern Spy or Pink Lady)
3/4 cup butter
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup LIVA date sugar
2 - 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
2 tablespoons corn starch

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 205C/400F
Peel, core and slice apples
In a large pan, melt butter over low heat
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and LIVA date sugar
Stir to mix and sauté over medium heat until mixed and dissolved (don’t worry if it isn’t completely dissolved; when you add the apples their juices will help)
Add apples and sauté until completely coated in spice/sugar mix
Add lemon juice
Add a slurry of cornstarch (2 tablespoons of corn starch plus a little water just to dissolve)
Sauté until apples are softened but not mushy
Set aside to cool
Set puff pastry into a 9-inch tart shell, trim edges, pierce the bottom all over with a fork
Blind bake on a baking sheet for 15 minutes (if you have pie weights you can use them)
Remove from oven and add cooled apples (you can get fancy here and fan them out - see my photo)
Brush with any  syrup left in the pan
Return to oven for another 15 minutes.

Serve warm

 

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