You know the thing with Friday nights? It’s usually the last working day of the week. Now, I really enjoy my job but I always feel liberated when I walk out of the doors of my workplace because I’m always excited to be able to do what I want to do, at my own pace, for 2 whole days! Yes, there are the boring daily chores as well but… Friday night! Weekend! I have really come to appreciate the weekend ever since I started work about a year ago because it usually means home baking time! (No partying for me)
A couple of Fridays ago, I came home and I felt really energetic, which is unusual because I’m usually exhausted after a long day of standing and running around at work. I wanted to bake something really badly but it was late and I didn’t want to stay up too much. So again, I had a look around my kitchen and just made do with whatever ingredients I had on hand to make something really simple.
Frozen puff pastry, apples, eggs, almond flour, sugar, butter… done!
I searched online for a quick almond cream recipe and managed to whip one up ready to be used quite quickly. It pretty much was just blending all the ingredients together with the paddle attachment of my KitchenAid. If you want to follow this recipe, it is important to make sure the ingredients are all at room temperature, otherwise your mixture will split.
Next I marinaded some sliced apples with an appropriate amount of cinnamon and sugar that I saw fit – there really wasn’t a standard you see, I just wanted to get this tart out!
Then I cut up the puff pastry to my desired round size.
Arrange the sliced apple on top of the almond cream.
Now here is when my greed got the better of me. I wanted to have this really nice buttery top so I put slabs and slabs of butter on top. I probably only needed one cube, to be honest. I ended up having to rescue my drowning puff pastry mid way through baking by transferring trays but it all turned out to be an acceptable piece of pastry to eat on a Friday night, so all is good!
As you can see, it is a little bit soggy and burnt but my boyfriend didn’t mind – so I didn’t either. It was really just a quick bake to satisfy my craving for doing something in the kitchen on a Friday night.
The apples were still slightly crisp, the almond cream was nice and fragrant and obviously the store bought puff pastry was of an acceptable standard.
And voila! This is a really quick apple tart for lazy people like me who want to bake at an ungodly hour but don’t want to fully commit to the whole process.
Next time, next time I will attempt my own puff pastry. I will.