Apple flower tarts

Taste as good as they look.

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 6
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Why it's sustainable... This recipe uses the apples unpeeled; this not only minimises wastage, it also provides added flavour and nutrition, as well as great colour.
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  • 10 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 small red delicious apples (350g), unpeeled, core removed, cut in half
  • juice of 1 small lemon (110g) (see waste not)
  • 2 tablespoons plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 3 sheets frozen butter puff pastry, thawed
  • ¼ cup (80g) strawberry jam
  • icing sugar, to serve
Cinnamon mascarpone
  • 1 cup (250g) mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 6-hole (¾-cup/180ml) texas muffin pan with the butter.
  • 2
    Thinly slice apple halves crossways. Place in a microwave-safe container with juice; toss to coat. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 1 minute or until softened slightly; drain well.
  • 3
    Dust work bench with the flour. Place pastry sheets on work bench; cut each sheet into four strips. Join two strips together at the short ends; you should now have six longer strips of pastry. Brush pastry strips with jam. Starting at one end, leaving a 1cm (½-inch) gap at each end, arrange apple slices, curved side out over the edge and overlapping slightly, along top half of pastry strip.
  • 4
    Fold bottom half of pastry over apple, pressing down to secure. Starting from one short end, loosely roll pastry into a coil, pressing the end gently to seal. Place tarts, apple-side up, in pan holes.
  • 5
    Bake tarts, on the lower shelf in the oven, for 45 minutes or until golden and crisp. If apple starts to over-brown during cooking, cover loosely with foil, until pastry is cooked.
  • 6
    Meanwhile, make cinnamon mascarpone. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • 7
    Dust warm tarts with icing sugar; serve with cinnamon mascarpone.


The pastry sheets are 23cm square.Waste not Before juicing the lemon, remove the lemon rind, avoiding any white pith. Add to iced water for a refreshing drink.

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