The four of us (husbands included- after all they truly complete the "us") baked an Apple Tart, stage it for a photo op and took turns with the camera! Oh and I almost forgot- we ate it...what a bast! Ok, ok, I'm moving on to the yummy part. This tart has several components and is worth all the effort so hang in there. First is an Pate Sucree, then almond cream, an apple compote, and poached apples. So, lets get going!
Pate Sucree or Sweet Dough:
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 oz butter, cool, 1/2" cubes
Stir together dry ingredients. Add butter cubes; toss to coat. Using your impeccably clean hands rub the butter pieces into the flour. No visible pieces of butter should remain and it should have a sandy appearance. Beat the eggs and pour over the butter mixture. Stir with a fork until evenly moistened. Press together, shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill. Remove from refrigerator and blind bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Set aside.
Apple Compote: (sorry about the metrics)
375g peeled, cored, and 1/4"cubes, golden delicious apples
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
50ml water or apple brandy
Place everthing in a saucepan.Cover, place over low heat, and cook, stirring occassionally. The compote is finished when the apples are translucent and the water is evaporated. Set aside.
125g ground almonds or almond flour
1 egg + 1 yolk
15g corn starch
Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.
3 Golden Delicious apples, sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple brandy
Add all ingredients to a saute pan; cover. Poach just until the fruit has softened. Remove from liquid and set aside to cool.
Spread almond cream evenly over cooled shell. Top with the apple compote. Arrange the slices around the top. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until the crust is brown and the apple slices are carmelized and tender. I usually brush the top with warm apple jelly to give it a nice shine and keep the apples from drying out.
I hope you have as much fun making and eating this as we did!