Each month we will present recipes, kitchen shortcuts and share ideas and experiences that make the kitchen fun, unintimidating and manageable.

Our first installment will be an easy Apple (or Pear) Tart.

After the holidays, we like to look in our pantry and freezers for items we may not usually have “in stock”.

Today we found some pears and apples from our fruit basket, a leftover store bought pie crust and some dark brown sugar that we had bought for making cookies.  Put them together and get a jazzy tart that you can share with your friends (or just curl up on the couch solo in front of the television).  Either way it’s simple, tasty and most of all easy.


  • 4 pears or apples peeled cored and sliced thin.
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Store bought pie crust

*I like to sprinkle a little kosher salt on the rim of the pie crust for “sweet and salty”

Take the pie crust pinch the edges back making a shallow “bowl”

Arrange you sliced apple or pears inside the “tart shell”, I use a spiral pattern.

Put your sugar butter and cinnamon in a sauce pot -low heat until it melts into a sauce. Spoon over the top of the fruit.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Finish with nuts, maple drizzle, whipped cream or ice cream.

No rules on this one. Just simple, easy and good.

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Next month – super simple sauces for all applications sweet and savory.