What's with that saying, anyway? Is pie all that easy? If it is, this is definitely simpler. I LOVE this recipe, which I adapted from one of my favorite bloggers, the Pioneer Woman. Make this. Your guests will rave. If you choose to share. :)
easy as pie apple tart
1 sheet puffed pastry, thawed (get the all butter kind in the freezer section of your grocery)
3 small-medium apples (use your favorite variety---these are gala)
3/4 cup brown sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Preheat the oven to 415 degrees. Cut each apple in half, then scoop out the core with a spoon. Slice the apples in the thinnest slices you can manage and toss them into a bowl with the sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cardamom. Stir to coat and let them sit for a few minutes until the sugar mostly dissolves.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Unfold the thawed pastry and cut it in half width-wise. Place the sheets side by side (but not touching) on the baking sheet. When the apples are ready, arrange the slices on the pastry. Get artistic. Have fun. I just made two overlapping rows on mine. You might go for a zig-zag pattern or concentric rectangles.
Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until pastry is puffed and golden brown. Slice and eat it while it's warm. So good. This is wonderful paired with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. And it makes a pretty tasty breakfast as well. Bon appétit!