Caramel apples are one of my favorite fall treats. I have often thought about ordering the delicious looking gourmet versions sold by specialty shops, but gosh are they pricey. In lieu of spending upwards of $8.00 USD an apple, I started looking for some DIY recipe ideas and came across this great post from Cooking Classy. Continue reading
Growing up in a small town in rural England, surrounded by sea on one side and countryside on the other, it’s easy to imagine how Autumn became my favourite season. The first whispers of a chill on the air signalled the departure of tourists from our beaches and the return of combine harvesters to the fields. Continue reading
There is nothing that I love more in the Fall than anything having to do with apples. They’re crisp, crunchy, in season and readily available. The French Apple Tarte is the perfect recipe to make during the Fall to represent the apples that are in season. Not to mention that it’ll add the most delicious smell to your kitchen!
I found this recipe while perusing through one of Ina Garten’s new cookbooks. It so happens that this recipe was what she was making on the cover of the cook book too. The recipe seemed easy enough for me since I had just started to really learn how to bake when I made this. Luckily, this was one of the easier things I learned how to bake. Ina made it very easy with her recipe and it was a recipe that would come out great even if you screwed something up like rolling out the dough wrong! I always had my fear of making my own dough.. I bet a lot of people do! Rolling it out is always hard for me because it always ends up breaking in a spot. As my mom says though, it takes practice and practice makes perfect!
I really enjoyed this recipe and I hope that you do too! A perfect fall recipe.
French Apple Tarte (Adapted from Ina Garten)
For the pastry:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 12 tablespoons (11/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
- 1/2 cup ice water
For the apples:
- 4 Granny Smith apples
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, small diced
- 1/2 cup apricot jelly or warm sieved apricot jam
- 2 tablespoons Calvados, rum, or water
For the pastry, place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse for a few seconds to combine. Add the butter and pulse 10 to 12 times, until the butter is in small bits the size of peas. With the motor running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse just until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Roll the dough slightly larger than 10 by 14-inches. Using a ruler and a small knife, trim the edges. Place the dough on the prepared sheet pan and refrigerate while you prepare the apples.
Peel the apples and cut them in half through the stem. Remove the stems and cores with a sharp knife and a melon baler. Slice the apples crosswise in 1/4-inch thick slices. Place overlapping slices of apples diagonally down the middle of the tart and continue making diagonal rows on both sides of the first row until the pastry is covered with apple slices. (I tend not to use the apple ends in order to make the arrangement beautiful.) Sprinkle with the full 1/2 cup of sugar and dot with the butter.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the pastry is browned and the edges of the apples start to brown. Rotate the pan once during cooking. If the pastry puffs up in one area, cut a little slit with a knife to let the air out. Don’t worry! The apple juices will burn in the pan but the tart will be fine! When the tart’s done, heat the apricot jelly together with the Calvados and brush the apples and the pastry completely with the jelly mixture. Loosen the tart with a metal spatula so it doesn’t stick to the paper. Allow to cool and serve warm or at room temperature.