Vegan Apple Tart

September 21, 2018

Author Notes: I made this tart when I was hosting a dinner for some vegan friends. Of course it does not have to be vegan if you choose to use dairy products but it is so delicious and a big hit with my guests. This tart is very simple to make and is the perfect way to showcase the ultimate harbinger of Fall, the apple. I used a flaky pie crust made with vegetable shortening and drizzled the finished tart with a cider reduction. It was wonderful served warm with vegan ice cream. sdebrango

Serves: 6
Prep time: 2 hrs
Cook time: 1 hrs 30 min

Ingredients

Pie Crust and Apples

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (I like spectrum)
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water
  • 4-6 apples, cored and thinly sliced with skin left on. Note: using a variety of apples always works best for me but its not necessary
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (not a level 1/4 tsp but a heaping)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter (vegan if making this dairy free)

Apple cider reduction

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
In This Recipe

Directions

Pie Crust and Apples

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In large bowl add the flour and salt, whisk to combine, Add the shortening and using a pastry cutter or your hands mix with the flour until it resembles crumbs, Add the ice water starting with 6 tbs, mix with fork and test by grabbing a small amount and pressing it to see if it's cohesive, Add more water if needed. (Note I used 8 tbs of water) Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. While dough is chilling clean, core and slice your apples and mix the sugars, flour and cinnamon and set aside. When dough is chilled roll it out so that it fits in your tart pan with some overhang, Crimp the dough and arrange the apples in the tart pan. I like to use varied color of apples it looks so pretty, red, yellow, green, pink. Once the apples are arranged in the pan sprinkle with the sugar, flour cinnamon, nutmeg mixture and dot with butter. Line a sheet pan with parchment and bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.

Apple cider reduction

  1. Place cider, cinnamon and sugar in non reactive heavy bottomed saucepan, bring to a boil on high and then reduce to medium. Cook stirring occasionally until reduced by about 3/4. It will by thick and syrupy approximately 20-30 minute cook time. Note: I ended up with a little bit more than 1/4 cup of cider syrup.
  2. Drizzle cider syrup over the tart and serve warm with ice cream (vegan or dairy your choice)

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