Freestyle Apple Tarts
This recipe from Iowa's Rapid Creek Cidery restaurant looks daunting, but it's actually five very simple parts that are easily made ahead. (You'll end up with extra candied nuts; they're great alone or with cheese.)
*What is garam masala?
Garam masala is a common Indian spice blend. If you can't find it, use a big pinch cinnamon, plus a pinch each ground cloves, black pepper, cumin, coriander and nutmeg.
**What is vanilla bean paste?
Vanilla bean paste is an easy way to get vanilla flecks without the hassle or expense of scraping seeds from a vanilla bean. Look for it in specialty stores or online; Nielsen-Massey is a good brand.
***What is all-butter puff pastry?
All-butter puff pastry is extra flavorful and has fewer additives. Look for Dufour brand at Whole Foods. Trader Joe's sells a more affordable version, but only in the fall and holiday baking season.