Spiced Apple and Custard Tarts

The first time I made these tarts was last year for Eid. These rose shaped apple and custard tarts have the perfect amount of buttery pastry, tang and sweetness. The main ingredients you need are apples, custard and pastry. It’s aesthetically pleasing yet so simple to make- perfect for afternoon tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples
  • Tub of custard (or you can make your own)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Packet of puff pastry

Method:

  1. Chop apples in half.
  2. Slice the apple halves into thin pieces (to make a semi circle shape).
  3. In a bowl, add the apples, lemon juice, 1 tsp cinnaon powder and sugar and mix.
  4. Micro-wave the apple mixture for 1 minute- this makes the apples slightly soft.
  5. Pour the custard in a separate bowl and mix in the rest of the cinnamon and cardamom powder.
  6. Roll out the puff pastry (until it’s the thickness of a penny) and cut out strips ( roughly 3 inches in width).
  7. Spread a teaspoon of custard mixture onto the strip of pastry.
  8. Add 5 or 6 apple slices in a row along the top half of the pastry.
  9. Fold the pastry in half horizontally so that the pastry is now covering part of the apples.
  10. From one side, roll the pastry (like you would roll a cinnamon roll)- this will make it look like a rose.
  11. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven on 180 degrees C for 45 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. If it starts to burn, just place some foil over the pastries.
  12. Finish off by dusting icing sugar.

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