Friday, September 25, 2009

Food For Friday: Rustic French Apple Tart

I made this Rustic French Apple Tart for our housewarming party. I had seen it on an episode of Barefoot Contessa and wanted to give it a try. I was happy that making it at home was just as easy as it looked when she made it on the show. It was delicious and would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


For the pastry:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, diced
(be sure to use unsalted!)
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 (optional: I did not use)

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 rimmed 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! (Optional: When the tart's done, heat the apricot jelly 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 and move to the serving platter. Allow to cool and serve warm or at room temperature.


♥Mimi♥ said...

This looks delicious! Looks like I'll have to go out and buy some Granny Smiths!

Laryssa Herbert said...

This looks wonderful!

Thanks for the compliments on the herb paintings.

I'll be having new designs coming out for fall and for Christmas so be sure to check back often!

Catherine said...

This French apple tart looks delicious. I wouldn't mind having some :)

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