I am a big dessert person. Sometimes, I think that if I could survive on pastries, cookies, cakes, and ice cream- I totally would. Most of the time, however, a little something sweet to end my meal/day with is perfect.
Although I could hardly say no to a brownie sundae, or chocolate cake (I think I'll be baking later!), it is nice to enjoy a simple and light sweet treat. This Simple Apple Tart is just that. Very easy to make and centered around delicious apples, this tart is satisfying, light, and (relatively) healthy.
...did I mention that it's beautiful?!?
Simple Apple Tart
1 pre-made pie crust
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2lb Golden Delicious apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup apricot preserves
2 tbsp hot water
Preheat your oven to 425. Open crust, and roll out to be about 1/8 in thick, and almost as big as your pan. (You want it to be thin, but not transparent.) Move crust to baking sheet. Mix cinnamon and sugar together; sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of sugar mixture over crust. Arrange sliced apples in lines, alternating the direction of the slice until all apples are used; leaving about 1/4-1/2 inch rim all around. (You may have some extra to munch on.) Fold up edges of crust to create a border. Sprinkle the tart with remaining sugar mixture. Bake 30 minutes, until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. During last minute or so of baking, combine apricot preserves with hot water, stir to combine and thin slightly. Upon removing tart from oven, brush preserves evenly over tart. Allow to cool slightly- and set- before cutting/serving.
May also be eaten at room temperature, or cool- depending on your preference.