fridays with oscar | apple tart and prosecco smash

loft striped dress

they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. and there’s no better time to add apples into your baking repertoire than apple season. this time of year the apples are at their peak and soooo delicious.

the heat in georgia refuses to relent but an easy peasy apple tart sounds like the perfect dessert for hot or cool weather. this recipe is from Patti La Belle and requires only 1 tablespoon of sugar. that’s a win/win as i try to keep sugar to a minimum. 

patti labelle free form apple tart

patti labelle free form apple tart

Patti La Belle's Free Form Apple Tart
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  2. ¼ teaspoon salt
  3. 3 tablespoons ice water
  4. 2 tablespoons light sour cream
  5. 5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  6. 3 teaspoons unsalted butter, divided
  7. 2 baking apples, such as Golden Delicious or Fuji, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch wedges
  8. 2 tablespoons very finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  9. 1 tablespoon granulated no-calorie sweetener for baking
  10. 5 cups vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in center.
  2. For the dough, in a medium bowl whisk together the flour and salt.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the water and sour cream.
  4. Add the 5 tablespoons chilled butter to the flour mixture and cut it in with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture is crumbly.
  5. Gradually stir in the sour cream mixture and stir until it clumps together.
  6. Crumbs should be moist, pliable and not cracking. If it is too dry, stir in more ice water, a teaspoon at a time.
  7. Shape dough into a flat disk; wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  8. For the filling, melt 1 teaspoon of the butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium.
  9. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  10. On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough to an 11- to 12-inch diameter about ⅛ inch thick; sprinkle with pecans leaving a 1-inch border.
  11. Set aside the smallest apple wedges. Arrange the remaining apple wedges in a large circle about 1 inch from the edge, overlapping apples as needed.
  12. Use the smaller wedges to fill the empty center.
  13. Sprinkle apples with sweetener.
  14. Gently fold up the edges of the dough to partially cover some of the apples.
  15. Cut the remaining 2 teaspoons of butter into small cubes; dot the exposed apples.
  16. Transfer tart onto an ungreased rimless baking sheet.
  17. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are just tender.
  18. Let stand about 5 minutes.
  19. Cut into 10 slices and serve warm and if desired, with frozen yogurt.
Notes
  1. I used sugar as I prefer the real deal over substitutes.
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patti labelle free form apple tart

the apples can be stacked any which way you like. this is a free form apple tart by the way! don’t you love it.

patti labelle free form apple tart

patti labelle free form apple tart

love to pull out my nana’s brown and white dishes. they’re perfect for fall.

oscar and ollie

oh, oscar…

prosecco smash

what’s on deck for cocktails this week? a delicious Prosecco Smash from the talented Half-Baked Harvest blog. love her cookbook Half-Baked Harvest Recipes from the Barn. be warned this cocktail is sweet what with the addition of figs and plums. but it’s yummy nonetheless. and the perfect accompaniment to an apple tart.

prosecco smash

Prosecco Smash
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 fresh figs, diced or 1 tablespoon fig preserves
  2. 1 small, ripe red plum, diced
  3. 2 ounces elderflower liquor
  4. juice from 1 lemon
  5. 2-4 tablespoons honey, depending on your taste
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  7. prosecco, for topping
Instructions
  1. Add the figs, plums, elderflower liquor, lemon juice, honey, and thyme to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, gently push the figs down until they release their juices and are lightly smashed. Add ice. Place the top on the shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into 2-3 glasses.
  2. 2. Top each glass with Prosecco. Garnish with figs and fresh thyme.
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prosecco smash

prosecco smash

coupe glasses are by far my favorite cocktail glass.

 

oscar

oscar thinks all of the couches are his…

love this striped shirtdress from Loft. i don’t know why but it’s been ages since i’ve shopped the Loft. but i’m glad i stopped in. so many cute things! this dress will transition nicely into fall. but today it’s styled for our ninety-degree weather with a pair of sandals (old, similar here) from Tory Burch. the shirt dress comes with a self-tie belt but i exchanged it for one of mine (old, similar here). stay tuned next week where you’ll see an ootd that utilizes this dress in a different way.

loft striped dress

shirt dress | similar sandals | similar belt

oscar wants to know if it’s quitting time? and i’m certain it’s five o’clock! what a busy week.

loft striped dress

that’s a wrap, gang. TGIF! oscar, ollie and i wish each of you a lovely weekend!

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9 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Swenson wrote:

    I just saw Patti la Belle in concert with the Pointer sisters. She still has great pipes at 75.

    Posted 9.13.19 Reply
  2. Chris Illius wrote:

    Loved the post, as usual 🙂 ! I know that your blog and all the work you do to produce on all the social medias is a lot of work Beth – but I truly appreciate it as and look forward to opening my emails every day, I’m sure all your readers do! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, much love from Rocky River, OH!

    Posted 9.13.19 Reply
  3. SUSAN wrote:

    BETH LOVE THE DRESS AND THE RECIPES. I AM DOING MY PREP WEEK OF FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS, THANKS TO YOU! NO GLUTEN OR DAIRY FOR ME, SO FAR SO GOOD. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

    Posted 9.13.19 Reply
  4. Susan Foster wrote:

    Perfect weekend treats, and great accompaniments to the game tomorrow 😊. GO DAWGS! And don’t forget it’s a PINK OUT! (You look fab as always. Love the lipstick 💄💁🏼‍♀️)

    Posted 9.13.19 Reply
  5. Julianne Leistner wrote:

    Oscar and Ollie always make me smile. Thanks, Beth!

    Posted 9.13.19 Reply
  6. Patricia Yak wrote:

    I look forward to your Friday posts and photos of the “kids” I swear Ollie is channeling Mr Style ,he’s one cool cat! Here’s to fall, apples and Proseco. Yum
    Proseco with mint and mashed mango works, too

    Posted 9.13.19 Reply
  7. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Yum! I love making a free form tart. They are so no-pressure, and they always look like comfort food to me, (and they usually are!) I’ve made them with all different fruits, too. This looks like a great recipe–I love the notion of the sour cream mixture in it. Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you get a chance to relax some, Beth. I can feel fall in the air–still warm here, but the light is different, and fall is starting here in NC. My favorite season, I think…

    Posted 9.13.19 Reply
  8. Cindy Bulharowski wrote:

    Hi Beth – I also live in Georgia, up in the mountains in Ellijay, (Gilmer County). (However, we’re packing up to move back to Missouri – it’s home and my son is there.) Anyway, Gilmer County is known as the “Apple Capital” of GA. There are several Apple Barns/orchards here and they going into high gear now. The varieties are incredible. There are several wineries, also. Both make terrific weekend trips. (Don’t miss Blue Ridge, about 13 miles north on Hwy. 515. Great shopping and an excursion train.) Lots of cabins in the area to rent. The ‘Apple Festival’ is held the 2nd & 3rd weekends in October in Ellijay. Thousands of people pour in from everywhere…traffic is terrible, but it’s fun. We went once, but now leave it to the tourists. Attached is a link for you and your other readers. So glad to see you looking better, I know it’s hard. God bless and Warmest regards, Cindy https://www.georgiaapplefestival.org/

    Posted 9.14.19 Reply
  9. Gwen Ewing wrote:

    Hi Beth! Apple tart looks deelish! I recently purchased the elderflower liquor, so will try the yummy drink you posted. You look amazing in the blue striped dress. It’s adorable. As always I wish you the best!

    Posted 9.15.19 Reply
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