Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Easy Apple Tart

Speaking of my friend Dana, last weekend she hosted a wonderful little tea party at her flat with tons of wonderful food, but she happened to have a little trouble with the apple cake she made. While it looked great, it was undercooked and had "too many apples" as her first taster commented. I told her I would post my Easy Apple Tart recipe as it would have been a lot faster, easier and would cook better in her crappy old oven. Sorry, but it's true! So here goes...

The Easy Apple Tart:

2 tablespoons - organic unsalted butter
1 tablespoon - brown sugar
1 tsp - vanilla
1/2 tsp - cinnamon
4-6 - apples (I often use pears as well) cored and sliced into wedges
1 roll - easy puff pastry

To begin, slice the apples (and pears) into wedges and place in a pie dish as you go a long. This is often the best way to measure as the sizes of fruit, and amount you need can vary, fill the dish until level. Heat a non-stick frying pan and melt the butter, add the brown sugar and mix with a wooden spoon until the sugar has melted and is well-blended. Poor in the sliced apples and toss until coated, add the vanilla and cinnamon (you can add more or less depended on taste preferences). Toss the apples a couple of more times, before removing from heat.

Roll out the puff pastry and place in the pie dish, roll down edges to create a thicker crust. Poor in the apple mixture and spread evenly in the dish. Place the dish into a pre-heated oven at 180C and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Keep an eye on it, when the crust and apples are golden brown it's time to take it out!

Best served piping hot with vanilla ice cream on the side, enjoy!

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