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I created this easy yet delicious French Tart recipe to utilize fruits traditionally used in French cuisine. Apple Tarts are as French as Apple Pie is American, but my French Tart recipe combines multiple fruits along with nuts for hidden health benefits and rich in natural nutrients and sweetness. These tarts are light, fast to assemble, and are definitely a crowd pleaser!

 


FRENCH APPLE CHERRY & WALNUT TARTS

By Jill’s Gourmet Dreams September 2021

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Puff Pastry, store bought, 2 sheets, thawed fully in refrigerator

  • 3-4 Gala Apples, PEEL LEFT ON, cored, sliced ¼ inch thick slices

  • 6-8 Bing Cherries, fresh, pitted and cut in half

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 cup Apricot Preserves

  • Salt as needed

  • ½ cup Walnuts, crushed

  • Fresh Thyme


LET’S START COOKING:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.Take a sheet pan and line with French Silpat silicone liner or parchment paper.

  2. Open puff pastry and use 3.25 sized scalloped round pastry cutter to cut out individual circles of pastry.

  3. Place on Silpat/parchment lined pan. If you don’t have this pastry cutter, you can simply cut each puff pastry sheet into squares or rectangles with a knife and place on parchment.

  4. Place sliced apples in a row on top of the puff pastry cut outs, then add cherries. Sprinkle with sugar and a pinch of salt.

  5. Bake until puffy and golden, approx. 20-25 mins. Then remove from oven to cool.

  6. In a small saucepan, heat apricot preserves with a couple tbsp. of water until warmed and thinned. This works in the microwave as well.

  7. Brush cooked pastries and fruit topping well with thinned warmed preserves. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts and fresh thyme. Serve immediately. Best if eaten the day they are baked!

  8. Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of crème fraiche for the ultimate in traditional French sweet endings!

 


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