tarte fine

My boss and I both teach a course at the local community college, in addition to our day job. It keeps us busy. Yesterday he said that he’s considered taking semesters off from teaching, but then he wonders what he would do with the extra time.

I’m taking next semester off, and I can tell you all sorts of things I’m going to do with that time. I’m going to work out more. I’m going to brew beer. I’m going to pay attention to my husband in the evenings. I’m going to keep in closer touch with my friends. I’m going to make petits fours again. I’m going to go to bed earlier and buy birthday presents on time and keep my house cleaner. (Okay probably none of that last stuff will happen, because I’ll be too busy making petits fours and brewing beer.)

Until then, thank goodness for easy apple tarts that can be made after a Sunday evening faculty meeting; whose flaky crust and softened apples make for a just reward for going to a work meeting on the weekend, while softening the blow of another rushed week ahead.

Leslie chose this tart for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she has the recipe posted. In between grading exams and writing blog entries on Sunday, I managed to make my own puff pastry. I’d forgotten how easy it is.

One year ago:  Flaky Apple Turnovers
Two years ago: Crème Brulée


  1. great job – looks so delicate!!! I did a caramel apple cake instead – puff pastry procrastination 🙁

    Tia @ Buttercreambarbie

  2. Mmm, the pastry looks amazing!

  3. jason says:

    Those dull ol’ apples need a glaze!!!

  4. A simple and elegant treat.

  5. Beautiful tart. I’ve always been afraid of making puff pastry but this looks perfect for the fall and I may have to bite the bullet!

  6. having extra time is never a problem for me either..there’s always tons to do! love all those apples you layered on there–yum!

  7. You had me LOLing. The petit fours. The birthday presents on time. You’ve done a great job keeping up with TWD despite your busy, busy schedule!

  8. How I wish I could take next semester off to perfect the chewy pumpkin chocolate cookie, the perfect egg-y challah, and something high-protein, all natural, and loaded with a ridiculous amount of chocolate. Sigh.

  9. Lovely tart- so impressed you made your own puff pastry!

  10. This looks absolutely divine!

  11. This has been on my to-do list! Your photos convinced me I’ve got to get around to it.

  12. Work does seriously cramp my baking and cooking style, too. Extra time indeed! I haven’t tried to make my own puff pastry yet, but perhaps it’s time.