Chef Lily Bakes Summer Apple Butter Tarts

At kindergarten graduation, my niece Lily announced the she wanted to be a Chef when she grows up. She’s a self-proclaimed “good cook-ah”. Whenever I visit, Lily and I make something together. Gracie sometimes likes to help, but Anna just wants to eat the finished product.

This last visit, Lily and I made Summer Apple Butter Tarts. Here’s the kid friendly version…

Chef Lily

Summer Apple Butter Tarts

Gather It

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry dough
  • Baking spray
  • 1/2 a medium apple
  • 4 tbsp. Summer Apple Butter
  • Cinnamon or cinnamon sugar

Make It

  • Ask a grown-up to preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Thaw puff pastry
  • Ask a grown-up to cut puff pastry into 9 equal squares
  • Spray muffin tin with baking spray
  • Lay puff pastry into muffin tin, use your fingers to poke puff pastry into muffin tin

lily apple tarts step 1

  • Using the back of a spoon, spread 1 tbsp. Summer Apple Butter on top of puff pastry (Optional, taste the apple butter)

lily apple tarts step 2 lily apple tarts step 3

  • Ask a grown-up to thinly slice apple
  • Lay slices in tart

lily apple tarts step 4

  • Add 1 tbsp. Summer Apple Butter on top of apples
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon or cinnamon sugar

lily apple tarts step 5

  • Ask a grown-up to bake for 15 minutes, until pastry is golden brown

lily apple tarts step 6 lily apple tarts step 7

Gobble It
My nieces love food and they are good eaters. They each ate 3 of the muffin sized tarts, as well as scrambled eggs and a glass of milk for breakfast. And since they follow the Hobbit feeding schedule, that was only first breakfast.

gracie apple tarts

(Gracie and Anna both enjoyed the tarts, but Anna was being too silly to take a picture)

Perhaps after Lily graduates from culinary school, she will take over Aunt Becky’s “jam empire”. In the meantime, I’ll keep cranking out the special jams, fruit butters, sauces and syrups.


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