Apple Tart

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ccording to Wikipedia, there are more than 7.500 cultivars of apples known! When making an apple pie or a tart, it is recommended to use tart apples such as Granny Smith or Bramley, but you can use any sort you like, and adjust sweetness to your taste buds.
Every family has its own apple pie recipe, and it is usually Grandma’s, and in almost all the cases, it is the best apple pie ever! I would never question your Grandma’s recipe; however, in case you wish to try out something new, I am offering you my version of apple tart with hazelnut crumble on top.
For this tart, first you have to make shortcrust pastry, line a tart mold and blind bake the tart shell. While the shell is baking you need to cook the apples, make and bake the crumble. Sounds serious and time consuming, but don’t give up just yet! A small tip; prepare the pastry and apples a day earlier – when you split the work in two days; it will be a piece of cake (or piece of tart) to make it!

Apple Tart, Pastry Maestra

Aple Tart Recipe

by:Tereza Alabanda,The Pastry Maestra

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Prep. time : 35 minutes

Cook time : 30 minutes

Ready in 65 minutes

Level : Advanced

Pâte Sucrée:

  • All purpose flour 250g (8.8oz)
  • Butter 125g (4.4oz)
  • Powdered sugar 85g (3oz)
  • Egg 50g (1.8oz or 1 medium egg)

Apple Filling:

  • Apples, peeled, cored and cut 600g (21oz)
  • Butter 50g (1.8oz)
  • Sugar 50g (1.8oz)
  • Vanilla powder
  • Cinnamon powder

Hazelnut Crumble:

  • All purpose flour 50g (1.8oz)
  • Butter 50g (1.8oz)
  • Powdered sugar 50g (1.8oz)
  • Hazelnuts, toasted and chopped 50g (1.8oz)

Directions

  1. To make apple filling, peel and core the apples and cut them into cubes.
  2. Put butter and sugar into a pan and heat until butter melts.
  3. Add apples, cinnamon and vanilla powder, and cook until all the liquid evaporates and apples soften. Leave them to cool down.
  4. To make pâte sucrée, put softened butter and powdered sugar into a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until the mixture becomes creamy. Add one egg and continue mixing until the mixture becomes uniform. Fold in sifted flour with silicone spatula. Wrap the dough in cling film, and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  5. To make crumble, mix sifted flour and powdered sugar into a bowl, and add cold butter cut in cubes. Rub the dry ingredients into the butter until you get crumbly mixture. Add chopped toasted hazelnuts, and mix them in. Put crumble onto a paper lined baking tray, and bake at 180°C (350°F) for about 10-15 minutes until golden. Then, take it out, and leave it to cool down.
  6. Roll out chilled dough, and line 24cm (9″) tart mold with it. Bake it at 180°C (350°F) first with baking weights for about 10 minutes, and then remove the weights, and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes. When the tart shell is completely baked, brush it with egg wash and put back in the oven for another 2 minutes.
  7. Place the cooled apple filling into cooled tart shell. Sprinkle the crumble over the apples, and dust it with powdered sugar.

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