This is the simplest tart you can make. Just bake a rustic circle or square of puff pastry. Pile on some fruit such as grapes, raspberries, figs, slices of apple or pear; gloss with a little honey or maple syrup and bake till the fruit’s just softened. A stunning showstopper
Rustic autumnal fruit tart
A rectangle of puff pastry (for homemade see below)
2 tbsp melted butter
5-6 handfuls of autumnal fruits
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/400F. Cut a piece of greaseproof paper roughly the size of a baking tray. Lightly dust with flour. Roll your pastry out on the paper till 1cm-thick and transfer to the baking tray.
2 Use the tip of a knife to score the pastry 2-3cm from the edge, all the way around, which effectively marks the sides of your tart. Brush with the melted butter. Bake for 15-20 mins or till golden.
3 Arrange your fruits on the tart, scattering them in an even layer. Drizzle honey or maple syrup over the top. Return to the oven for 10-15 mins or till the fruits are just softened.
Rough puff pastry
If you can’t find a good, all-butter puff pastry, this recipe is a dream and easy to whip up, too
Makes enough for 1 larger or 2 smaller pies
150g plain white flour
pinch sea salt
¼ tsp baking powder
75g unsalted butter, fridge cold
4-5 tbsp cold water
1 Mix the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut the butter into 1-2cm cubes. Bit by bit add them to the flour, coating the butter in flour as you add them. Rub the butter into the flour till it’s almost at the breadcrumb-like consistency stage. Leave some lumps of butter less rubbed in. It's all part of the masterflan plan.
2 Add enough water to bring it together into a soft, silky (not sticky) dough. Use very cold water so the butter doesn't melt.
3 On a floured surface, pat the dough into a rectangle. Roll until 1-2cm thick.
4 Fold in the sides as if you're folding a letter. Rotate the rectangle 90°. Roll out again. Repeat this five times, ending with a letter-folded piece of dough.
5 Wrap up in a clean tea towel. Refrigerate for 30 mins before rolling out or freeze it for up to a month.
Turn to page 25 of October's The Simple Things for the full Thanksgiving menu:
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Fresh cranberry sauce
Apple sourdough stuffing
Persian pilaf pumpkin
Rosemary and ginger carrots
Brown butter sweet potato gratin
Deep dish apple pie
Pumpkin pie with hazelnut crust