Ok, so I have no idea if that is true =P In fact I suspect it is a complete lie. But this is how I ended up spening my St Patrick's evening. Baking apple tarts and cupcakes and eating yoghurt with chopped strawberries. Quite a delicious evening actually.
I make these tarts quite often, I just play them by ear and use whatever I have handy. They are great for a quick spur of the moment dessert.
If you wanted to make one of these or a few small ones they are very easy and take no more than 20 minutes and that's including cooking time.
You will need:
Puff pastry squares/sheets
One apple per rectangle (about half an apple for a tart that is 1/4 of the pastry sheet)
One greased oven tray
The last few things are up to you. Really you only need the pastry, butter and apples.
Grease an oven tray (I always grease it because I find that pastry just adheres itself to the baking paper we have) and set the oven to moderate or 180 degrees.
Trim the edges from your pastry as they will be a bit dry and crusty and you want nice puffy pastry tarts. Cut it either in half or in quarters depending on what you want and how many people you have to feed. Place on greased tray so you don't have to move it after assembly, because that would be extremely difficult! Use a fork and lightly prick down the centre of the tart where the apples will go. Lightly brush the whole square/rectangle with melted butter
Take the apple and cut it into reasonably even and small slices, and cut out the core parts and lay them in a row down the centre. Brush a bit of the melted butter on top and now you just add whatever you want. Personally I add cinnamon and nutmeg and then I put a bit of boiling water over a teaspoon of sugar to make a weak syrup and carefully pour it over the apples.
Bake until the pastry has puffed and is turning a bit brown then take it out and you could brush the tart with either honey or apricot jam while it is still hot.
Happy day of the Irish x