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.
- 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons ice water
- 2 tablespoons light sour cream
- 5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
- 3 teaspoons unsalted butter, divided
- 2 baking apples, such as Golden Delicious or Fuji, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch wedges
- 2 tablespoons very finely chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 tablespoon granulated no-calorie sweetener for baking
- 5 cups vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in center.
- For the dough, in a medium bowl whisk together the flour and salt.
- In a small bowl whisk together the water and sour cream.
- 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.
- Gradually stir in the sour cream mixture and stir until it clumps together.
- Crumbs should be moist, pliable and not cracking. If it is too dry, stir in more ice water, a teaspoon at a time.
- Shape dough into a flat disk; wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- For the filling, melt 1 teaspoon of the butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium.
- Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use the smaller wedges to fill the empty center.
- Sprinkle apples with sweetener.
- Gently fold up the edges of the dough to partially cover some of the apples.
- Cut the remaining 2 teaspoons of butter into small cubes; dot the exposed apples.
- Transfer tart onto an ungreased rimless baking sheet.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are just tender.
- Let stand about 5 minutes.
- Cut into 10 slices and serve warm and if desired, with frozen yogurt.
- I used sugar as I prefer the real deal over substitutes.
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.
love to pull out my nana’s brown and white dishes. they’re perfect for fall.
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.
- 6 fresh figs, diced or 1 tablespoon fig preserves
- 1 small, ripe red plum, diced
- 2 ounces elderflower liquor
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2-4 tablespoons honey, depending on your taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
- prosecco, for topping
- 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. Top each glass with Prosecco. Garnish with figs and fresh thyme.
coupe glasses are by far my favorite cocktail glass.
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.
oscar wants to know if it’s quitting time? and i’m certain it’s five o’clock! what a busy week.
that’s a wrap, gang. TGIF! oscar, ollie and i wish each of you a lovely weekend!