8 days left until Christmas…
Well, my favorite time of the year has hardly ever been relaxing.
I have been very busy for the past couple of weeks; couple of Christmas parties I hosted at my home, a few cooking classes I had to teach, and getting the Christmas cards and shopping done before it gets too late… But, I finally found some free time to be alone at home the other day and I was so loving it.
I made a very simple apple tart (or an apple galette if you rather want to call it that way). It is a classic French dessert. The flaky buttery crust with mildly sweet tender apples…, what a perfect treat for a quiet winter afternoon?
I would like to share with you a recipe for the simple apple tart. It is easy and simple to put together and looks so lovely for a presentation. And, of course, it is dreamy delicious.
In a bowl combine flour, salt, sugar and add cubed chilled butter pieces. Using two knives cut butter into smaller pieces and the flour mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Or use a dough blender to do the job.
By using plastic wraps you don’t need the extra flour on the board. Make sure to chill the rolled crust about 15 minutes before adding the apple slices.
Take out the chilled crust and remove one side of plastic wrap, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then peel off the other side.
Brush the apples with a little bit of melted butter and sprinkle sugar all over on both apples and crust..
Bake the tart in 400 degree F. preheated oven for 40-50 minutes rotating the pan once or twice during the cooking time for an even browning.
Serve this gorgeous dessert with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
I enjoyed a slice of tart alone listening Christmas music at my quiet house.
Gazing at all the bells and whistles (ornaments) dangling on my Christmas tree, I pondered upon the greater gift and the feelings of peace and love that Christmas gives to all mankind.
Some food do make you appreciate the season, don’t they? Hope you get to try this recipe.
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (1-1/2 stick) butter, chilled and cut into 1/2" pieces
- 2-3 tablespoon ice water
- 3-4 Granny Smith apples
- 2 tablespoon melted butter
- 5 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoon apricot preserves
- 1 tablespoon water
- In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt. Add butter pieces and cut them with flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add 2 tablespoon water first, using a fork stir the flour mixture to bring into a dough until everything is just moistened. Add a little more water if there are too many dry patches.
- Place a dough in between two large plastic wraps. Roll the dough using a rolling pin until it becomes 1/8" crust. Chill the crust for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Peel and core the apples, then cut them into 1/4" thick slices.
- Line a parchment paper on the baking sheet. Peel off one side of plastic wrap from the crust and place it on the baking sheet facing down to the parchment paper. Remove the other side of the plastic wrap from the crust.
- Arrange the apples on the crust leaving 1-1/2" edges. Bring the edges toward the apples and brush the apples with melted butter. Sprinkle granulated sugar on both apples and the crust.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until the crust gets nicely browned and the apples are soft (Turn the tart once or twice during the cooking time for a even browning).
- Mix apricot preserves with water and heat gently together in a microwave. Brush the tart with the apricot glaze to give a shine.
- Serve the tart warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream, cream fraiche, or vanilla ice cream.