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sparkle kitchen halloween special: "apples in a row" tart

sparkle kitchen halloween special: "apples in a row" tart

In the By Thistle By Thimble story “The Orchardman and the Scarecrow,” there is a mystery at Kamwell’s apple orchard. How is it that every morning he and his wife find all the ripe apples neatly picked and lying on the soft grass? The only people who live at the orchard are him, his wife, and ... their scarecrow.

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Kamwell's path to discovering the identity of their mysterious helpers makes for a magical autumn tale and, in the end, he and his wife come up with the sweetest way to show their gratitude to their lovable friends.

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Inspired by the apples left neatly in the orchard, this week's recipe features a bit of autumn magic.

With just five ingredients, this tart is easy to whip up on a whim for dessert or a decadent breakfast. (Perhaps something to nibble after you've been dancing all night at a scarecrow's ball?)

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The key to making it shine is to get really good apples — the crisp and sweet and juicy kind that look like they belong in a fairy tale somewhere. Once you've done that, the rest comes together so well you might just imagine that you have magical scarecrows helping you along.

“Apples in a Row” Tart

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1 sheet puff pastry dough

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 apples

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

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Spread the thawed sheet of puff pastry out on a cutting board and go over it a few times with a rolling pin, just to get the wrinkles out. Transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush the top with the melted butter. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar on top.

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Cut the apples into uniform, half-moon slices and layer them on the puff pastry in three rows, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. (You might not use all of the second apple.)

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Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar and the cinnamon on top.
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Bake the tart for 18-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Enjoy it warm.

Print recipe HERE.

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KC Pagano

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KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.

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