Apple pie anyone?
I know you might think you have already tried a great apple pie, maybe mine wont be different but after a lot of research and criticism of my Father in law (one of the most demanding and delicate palates I know), I wanted to do a perfect xmas spiced apple tart and believe me, for once I can’t be happier with the result.
Due a lack of apples, i had to put 3 small pears inside but the result was even better so I highly recommend to include the pears, but if you are not very convinced you can totally go for a full apple tart. It will work great as well.
Here is the recipe, try it and let me know *.*
For the Sweet Dough you will need:
Yield: For a tart of 22cm or 6 persons
- 50 g of butter softened
- 50 g of icing sugar
- 25 g of egg
- 125 g of flour
- a little bit of water
In the bowl of your Kitchen Aid or else, cream the butter and the sugar until pale and smooth. Add in the egg.
In low speed incorporate the flour to the sugar butter mixture. Add a little bit of water until the dough comes together and the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Do not over beat.
Remove the dough from the bowl, form a disk with it and wrap in plastic film. Refrigerate for 30 min or more.
Butter the tart ring and place it on a baking sheet. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cover the ring with it. Pinch the edges and Reserve.
Prepare the Christmas spice Apple-Pear compote:
- 2 Red apples
- 3 small mature pears
- 1teaspoon of vanilla (natural powder)
- 1/4 teaspoon of Nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- green lemon zest freshly grated
- fresh lemon juice (this will avoid the oxidation)
Peel the fruits, remove their core and seeds. Chop the pears and apples in regular size cubes to ease the cooking.
Put the fruits in a casserole with a little of water. add in the spices, zest and lemon juice. Cook until the water is almost inexistent and the whole is compote like. Reserve
For the Apple Carpaccio and Assembly you will need:
- 3 apples
- 50 g of butter
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- blond glaze or warm apricot marmalade.
Peel and cut the apples in 2. Remove the core and seeds. With a mandoline, slice the apple halves into slices of 1 or 1.5mm thickness.
Preheat the oven at 200°C
Spread the bottom of the tart with the pear and apple compote. Place the apple slices (carpaccio) one over the other.
Melt the butter and brush over the apples. Sprinkle the brown sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges and bottom of the tart is well colored.
A slice of this thin and tasty tart will be perfect for dessert after a heavy xmas dinner.
Wishing you all Merry Christmas.