Surgery is a week away and this weekend, I just wanted to play in my kitchen as I know I soon will be learning to ‘let go’ as my Hubby and daughter take over preparing meals. We were headed to our friend’s house for dinner and I wanted to bring something special for dessert. Hubby was rallying for apple pie – but I wanted something different – something fancy.
And I found fancy in this wonderful recipe! It’s got all the flavors of Fall and tart apples in a buttery crust. It’s easy to make but a little time consuming as you wait for the dough to chill twice but it’s fun as you shape the apples into a beautiful pattern on top.
It makes such a beautiful presentation!
Don’t be intimidated by the crust. It’s easy to prepare with only three ingredients: flour, butter and salt.
Place all in a food processor, pulse until crumbly and add a few tablespoons of ice cold water until moist. Pat dough into a disk and refrigerate for an hour.
Once the dough is chilled, roll out into a 13″ inch circle and place over an 11″ tart pan. Using fingertips, shape the dough into the pan and crimp off the extra dough with the edge of your rolling pin.
Peel and core about 7 – 8 apples. (I use Jonathan apples, but any baking apple that will hold it’s shape will do.) Cut apples in half and slice thinly while still holding the shape of the half of apple in your other hand.
Gently fan the apples overlapping slightly. Overlap apples to make a pretty presentation and design. Be creative!
I followed the pattern as outlined by the Fete blog making a rose like shape in the middle. Be generous with the apples!
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar – dot with butter. Bake at 375 degrees for about an hour.
Brush with an apricot rum glaze and VOILA – a pretty pastry full of apples on a buttery crust!
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