This time of year is one of my favorites, and I don’t know whether it’s because of the change of season or what, but both fall and spring are seasons whose weather is very nice and new fruits begin to come out, providing virtually infinite opportunities to cook with fresh produce.
Very recently we went to an apple farm, which is becoming somewhat usual for us in my family to go every year. This particular farm is located north from Atlanta, and it turns out that there are several of these farms around that area, which offer different types of entertainment, taking advantage of the beautiful landscapes and nature of the area.
Of course, the main activity for us is to pick up as many apples as we can. What makes it even more fun is that we can find various types of apples, and many times we sat under a tree to enjoy a couple.
It is really inspiring, and it makes me think of many cooking ideas. That is why I wanted to do make this simple apple tart, which is an adaptation of a recipe from James Peterson.
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INGREDIENTS FOR THE DOUGH
- ½ cup of rerigerated butter
- 2 cups of flour without baking powder
- 2 eggs
INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING
- 6 to 7 green apples
- 1 lemon
- ½ cup of sugar
- ½ cup of water
- 1 vanilla pod
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- Prepare the dough ideally in a food processor.
- But it can also be made by hand, the important thing is to be quick when making it.
- Combine all the ingredients into a homogeneous and smooth dough.
- Cover it in plastic wrap, and bring the dough to the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Prepare a round baking pan, of 24 cm (9.5 inches), approximately.
- Then, in a frying pan, put half of the diced apples, add the lemon juice, the water, and half of a cup of sugar. Let this mix cook until the sugar has dissolved and the apples get a soft and thick consistency. Add the vanilla, after having scraped it out from its pod. Stir well.
- Let this mixture cool down, ideally on a separate plate.
- Cut the peeled apples into fine slices, with the help of a mandolin or a good sharp knife.
- Spread the dough on the mold. Accommodate well, and remove any dough leftovers.
- Pour the cooked apple mixture, and spread it over the dough. Then, place the finely-cut apples over the cooked apple mixture, just as shown in the pictures.
- Put a spoonful of sugar on top, and about 3 tablespoons of butter, cut into squares.
- Bake for one hour.
- When ready, you may optionally brush the filling with a little bit of apricot (or peach) jam.
- Prep Time: 25 mins
- Cook Time: 60 mins