I’ve been wanting to give this a go for a while, and tonight was the night. The aim here: to make a very quick & simple apple tart, and as little mess as possible.

First I took a sheet of frozen puff pastry and cut it into pieces. I placed the tart bases (and some long strips of pastry just for the hell of it) onto some baking paper and covered the tart bases with apricot jam. I then cored and sliced a few apples, not bothering to peel them in the interests of speed. I arranged the apples on the pastry in a rather haphazard fashion and drowned with icing sugar before popping into the oven at 180c for about 20 minutes.

Side note: I’ve decided not to bother trying to make my desserts look nice any more, and I’m just going to stick to the baking which I seem to be ok at. A series of disastrous kids birthday cakes taught me this the hard way, and I also learned not to trust the books. Have you ever tried trimming a waffle cone with scissors to make turrets for a castle? Well you can’t. They shatter, leaving you with a pile of useless shards and your head in your hands. It‘s a great way to teach the kids some new swear words, though).

A dollop of vanilla ice-cream, a dusting of icing sugar and there you have it. So simple that even I didn’t screw it up too badly. Next time I’ll make the effort to peel the apples. Perhaps a different jam too. Or maybe I’ll just buy a frozen tart and stick it in the oven.

I can cook some things, honest.