This single-serving apple tart is my go-to dessert for FALL when I don't have much time to bake or just want to have a little something sweet that makes one or two servings. It makes for the most simple dessert with store-bought puff pastry and caramel sauce!
About the recipe
If you're flying solo one night (or most nights) and your sweet tooth starts throbbing, it's nice to have some quick, single-serving desserts you can whip up at a moment's notice. And this Individual Apple Tart fits the perfectly!
As you can imagine, this easy, single-serving apple tart is very much a no-recipe recipe. We are taking a trip down easy street with store-bought puff pastry dough and salted caramel sauce.
The only thing homemade here is the cinnamon sugar mix for sprinkling on top of the apples....but I guess you could buy that pre-mixed and make things REALLY easy for yourself. And that's ok - easy is good. The point of this is to celebrate and enjoy the warm, crisp, sweet flavors of fall - preferably wrapped in a flaky, buttery crust!
What I love about this recipe is that you can use just a little square of puff pastry dough (I love Wewalka brand because it's trans-fat-free and isn't frozen) and several slices of thinly sliced apple to make one serving. OR you can use the whole package of dough to make 12 servings. It's versatile and simple but has maximum impact with flavor, texture, and appearance.
When it comes to store-bought caramel, Smucker's Simple Delight Salted Caramel Topping is my favorite because it is made with REAL cream, butter, and brown sugar - no HFCS here. And everything comes together in a snap!
Here's what you need to have one hand to make an individual apple tart whenever the craving hits:
- Puff pastry dough - you will use 1/12 of the package per serving
- Milk - for brushing the pastry dough
- Apple - just ½ a medium; Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Granny Smith will work
- Granulated sugar and cinnamon
- Vanilla ice cream
- Caramel sauce
Step 1: While your oven preheats to 425°F, cut off 1/12 of the puff pastry sheet, and spread it out a little with your fingers. Brush a little bit of milk, buttermilk, or cream on the edges of the dough (you can also use an egg wash).
Step 2: Slice ½ a medium apple into ⅛-inch thick wedges, and line them up on the puff pastry with a ½-inch border around the sides.
Step 3: Combine the cinnamon sugar, then sprinkle it on top of the apple slices. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tart is crisp and golden brown. Serve warm with caramel and ice cream!
If you want to make this apple tart for more than one person, just increase the amount of ingredients you need for however many servings you'd like to make. It can make up to 12 tarts, so it's a perfect easy apple dessert option for when you are entertaining. I'd recommend serving it with any of the following main dishes:
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- Apple Cider Pork Loin
- Flat Iron Steak with Maple Bourbon Espresso Sauce
- Beef and Root Vegetable Stew
- Chicken and Root Vegetable Pot Pie
- Rustic Chicken Sausage and Grape Pizza
If you like small-batch dessert recipes, check out this Apple Crisp for Two, or Single-Serving Mason Jar Pumpkin Cake!
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Easy Apple Tart for One
- 1/12 package puff pastry dough (I like Wewalka brand)
- Cream, milk, or buttermilk for brushin the dough
- ½ medium apple (Granny Smith, Fuji, or Honeycrisp)
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Vanilla ice cream
- Store-bought caramel sauce (I recommend Smucker's Simple Favorites)
- Preheat your oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut a square out of a puff pastry sheet (should be 1/12 of the sheet for one serving). Use your fingers to gently stretch it out a bit. Brush a little bit of cream or milk on the edges of the dough.
- Slice ½ of a medium apple into thin wedges, about ⅛'' thick. Place them on the square of puff pastry, leaving about ½'' border around the apple. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the apple.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Serve with a drizzle of warm caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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