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French Apple Tart

Makes 1 apple tart

This attractive open, apple tart has its roots in French cookery.  Typically made with eating apples rather than cooking apples, serve this classic tart warm or cold.

Free from Soya, Nuts
Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • SWEET PASTRY- PÂTE SUCRÉE
  • 150g Doves Farm Organic Plain Flour
  • 75g butter, softened
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • butter, for dish
  • flour, for dusting
  • ceramic baking beans, rice or flour
  • APPLE FILLING
  • 5 dessert apples
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam

Sweet Pastry

  1. Rub some butter around the inside of a 23cm/9” tart or flan dish and pre-heat the oven.
  2. Put the flour and butter into a large bowl. Use a fork or pastry blender to work them together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar.
  4. Add the egg yolks and stir well.
  5. Using your hands, gather the mix together to form a smooth ball of pastry dough.
  6. Dust the work surface with flour, put the dough in the middle and sprinkle it with flour.
  7. Roll out the pastry into a circle 5cm/2” larger than your dish and lift it into the dish, OR simply press it into the baking dish using your fingers.
  8. Cut away any pastry that hangs over the edge of the dish.
  9. Prick the pastry all over with a fork.

Blind Baking

  1. Lay a piece of parchment over the raw pastry and scatter ceramic baking beans (or rice or flour) over the parchment, spreading them all over the surface.
  2. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and carefully lift the parchment and contents off the pastry.
  4. Return the pastry to the oven and cook for a further 4-5 minutes without browning too much.
  5. Take the dish out of the oven and gently remove the warm pastry case out of the dish and leave it to cool.

Apple Filling

  1. Peel, core and slice the apples.
  2. Arrange the sliced apple on the cooked pastry case.
  3. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile sieve the jam to remove any bits and warm it gently.
  5. Remove the tart from the oven and gently brush jam all over the apples.
  6. Leave to cool.

Equipment

23cm/9” tart or flan dish, 2 cups ceramic baking beans, rice or flour, pastry brush, pastry blender and mixing bowl

Temperature

190°C, Fan 170°C, 375°F, Gas  5  

Cooking time

14-17 + 25-30 minutes

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Ingredients

Change Quantities:
  • SWEET PASTRY- PÂTE SUCRÉE
  • 150g Doves Farm Organic Plain Flour
  • 75g butter, softened
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • butter, for dish
  • flour, for dusting
  • ceramic baking beans, rice or flour
  • APPLE FILLING
  • 5 dessert apples
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam

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