Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Delicious apple tart

Apples are great to have as they are so versatile.  You can make so many things with them from buns to sauces, pies to breads.  It’s great to get some fallen tree apples, if you know of anyone who has apple trees.  I remember one day coming across a whole lot of apples on a road, fallen from a huge apple tree.  I gathered as much as I could in the car!

Apple tarts are so easy to make, are a great comfort food and great to freeze.  Here’s how I do mine:

1.      Preheat oven 200°
2.      Sieve 8oz/225g plain flour into a mixing bowl with 4oz/125g baking butter and mix
3.      Add up to ¼ pint/150ml cold water to the mix, little by little, just to make a soft dough
4.      Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly
5.      Divide pastry in half.  Roll out half the pastry to the size of an oven proof dish/plate

6.      Line dish with greaseproof paper and place the rolled out pastry half in the base
7.      Place your 4x cooking apples (peeled/cored/sliced) in a bowl and sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon juice
8.      Topple your apple mix into pie base
9.      Roll out your remaining pastry and place over tart
10.  Dampen base pastry edges and join the 2 pastry edges together by pressing them together to seal
11.  Make a slit in the top of the pastry for steam to escape
12.  Bake for approx 35mins

Great served with warm custard and cream or ice cream!

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