I kid you not, when I started making this cake, I fell in love with apples.
Apples come in so many varieties - more than 60 varieties in the world....unbelievable I know! They can be sweet, tangy, or spicy. Their multiple use in deserts and snacks is so popular everywhere.
They are perfect for a simple apple sauce, an apple crumble, or your green detox smoothie etc...
My monologue about apples could be never ending... but what I really want to share with you today is a special recipe that will be passed on to my future children and from me to you :)
So without further ado, let's get into the recipe!
Servings: 6-8 people
Difficulty Level: Easy
Pinch of salt
125g unsalted butter at room temperature
10cl of water
4 medium apples (sweet apples preferred:Gala, Royal, Fuji, etc..)
100ml cooking cream
Icing sugar for decoration
1 lemon juice
1 TSP apple cider
Step 1: Prepare and cook the shortcrust pastry
Using a food processor, mix flour, salt, soft butter in cubes, and a bit of water for 5 minutes or until you get a crumbly texture. alternatively you can use a hand pastry blender or your hands. The idea is not to work the pastry too much with your hands at the risk of melting the butter or releasing gluten.
Mix the pastry in a bowl, and roll it until it is approx. 3cm in width.Cover it with film and let it rest for at least 20 minutes in the fridge.
You can also make it overnight. The purpose is to set the butter. This step is key to get the right texture.. so don't skip it :)
While it is resting move to prepare the apples, prepare the apples and the tart filling.
Step 2: Prepare the apples and glaze them
Once the pastry is set, put in in a tart mold, such as the one in the below picture.
Peel and cut the apples into even slices. I prefer them to be a bit big so I can taste the juiciness of the apples just like in the picture. You can arrange them better than I did :)
Add the glaze ingredients into a pot and heat it up for 5 minutes or until the butter melts. Let it cool.
Using a brush, glaze the apple slices and put the tart in the oven. feel free to be generous with the glazing... but don't put too much either or it will soak the pastry.
The glazing will ensure a golden beautiful color and a great taste!
Place the pastry in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.
Step 3: Prepare the tart filling
Put the egg, sugar, vanilla extract and creme in a mixing bowl and whisk it well.
Once the tart is golden and cooked, take it out of the oven and sprinkle the apples with some sugar.
After doing that, pour over the creme filling across all areas of the tart.
Place it back in the oven for 20 minutes.
Place a knife in the filling to make sure it has cooked. If it's dry, it's your cue to take it off the oven.
Once cooked, dust it with some icing sugar across the borders. It's optional - I forgot this step in my pictures.
Lastly, It's important to let it cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
Voilà! Bon appétit
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