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Author Notes: Don't blame me. Blame Paris. No, not Hilton, the place. Everytime I go there, I return heavier, with ideas, shopping and a few inches on my hips. The possibilities are endless, the pastries a delight, names ferried on romantic accents with lisps and lulls and sufficient theatre to engage. This recipe began with a visit to an orchard, and ended on a plate. And for all the love of Holland, I was not going to churn out any Dutch babies, filled with heaps of boiled-soft apples and dripping with cinnamon, raisins and nuts.
The best thing about this tart is the thin and crisp, crumbly crust. And the apply apple curd, not to mention the smooth creamy custard....and the sugar on top. Beats anything neighbouring countries have to offer.
Vive la Paris. —Kitchen Butterfly
Makes 1 tart
Tarte Aux Pomme et Sucre
- 150g plain flour, sifted
- Pinch of salt
- 75g frozen, unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or paste
- 1/2 portion (or to taste) of Apple curd (recipe below)
- 1 portion of crème patisserie (recipe below)
- 1-2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly into rings (about 2-3 mm) (I used Jonagolds)
- 1 - 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- To make the pastry, put the sifted flour and the salt in to a bowl. Using a large hole grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour. Then combine the flour, butter and cold water by cutting in using two table knives till a loose dough is formed. Using your hands, gather the mixture and form into a ball. Wrap in clingflim and place in the refrigerator for 20 – 30 minutes to chill.
- After the resting time, pre-heat the oven to 220 deg C. Roll out the dough thinly on a clean, floured surface and use it to line a buttered 20 – 22cm flan/tart tin. Prick the base lightly with a fork, cover with a piece of greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans/rice. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes, then carefully remove the beans/rice and grease proof paper. Return the tart to the oven and allow the tart base to just brown for a couple of minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Once cold, spread some apple curd till the base is covered with a thin layer, then follow with the crème patisserie. Finish off with the apple slices, trying not to overlap them. Bake for another 12- 15 minutes at 200 deg C, till the apples are soft and the dough is golden.
- Remove the tart from the oven and change settings to grill - set on medium to high. Sprinkle some of the sugar over the top of the tart, return to the oven and place about 6 inches down from the heat source. Grill for a few minutes till the apples lightly caramelise and turn golden
- Remove from the oven and serve hot, warm or cold.
Apple Curd & Creme Patisserie
- APPLE CURD, Makes enough for 2 tarts
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 60g white, caster sugar
- 2 spples, peeled, cored, cooked to soften and then pureed
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 60g ice cold/frozen butter, cut into about 10 pieces
- CREME PATISSERIE, Makes enough for 1 tart
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon white, caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch/cornflour
- Half a cup of (whole) milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- TO MAKE THE APPLE CURD: Whisk the whole egg and egg yolk into a small saucepan and then pass through a sieve to remove thick bits of egg, which should be discarded. add the sugar to the egg mix and stir with a wooden spoon till it forms a soft mixture.
- Put pan on very low heat on your stove top - continue mixing and then add the apple puree and juice. After 2-3 minutes, start adding the butter one chunk at a time, mixing well till butter is melted before adding another. Continue stirring on low heat. The curd should be ready after 10 - 12 minutes. Don't worry if it looks thin, it swill thicken once cool. Store in clean, (sterilised) jars. Refrigerate and use within 2 weeks.
- TO MAKE THE CREME PATISSERIE:Mix together the egg yolk, sugar and cornflour in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. To this whisk in some of the milk. Place the saucepan over low heat and cook, whisking all the time while adding the rest of the milk in a steady stream till all used up.
- After about 10-12 minutes the mixture should be thick, free of lumps and beginning to bubble. Don’t worry if you have a few lumps, you can pass the cream through a fine-mesh strainer. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate till ready to use.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Breakfast II
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Fair Food
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Dish
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Late Winter Tart (Sweet or Savory)
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