Well, hello there fellow food lovers! It has been awhile since I've posted on this page. I just graduated and started my new job at an eye clinic. Because of that, along with being a medical interpreter, a rape crisis counselor in my free time, and study for the MCAT at the same time, things have been a little hectic and I had to put food blogging (one of my favorite things in the world) on the backburner. However, now that I am more adjusted to my new schedule, I can do what I love the most - cooking and taking pictures of food! This simple and delicious apple tart is EXTREMELY easy to make and it will surely make an impression on your friends and loved ones! If you don't believe me, then try it out for yourself! I don't think you will regret it. If you feel like this recipe can be improved upon or you like to add a different twist to it, comment below and let me know!
First, sift the flour, sugar, and salt into a bowl. If you have a food processor, this process will definitely go a lot faster. However, if you don't have a food processor, don't fret! We can do all of this by hand. Of course, it might take you a bit longer doing this manually, but worry not, if you put your mind to it, you WILL get the job done! Add the butter and pulse a couple of times until the butter has broken up and blend into the dough. At this point, you should be able to still see the butter. They will just look smaller and more uniform at this point. While the food processor is still running, slowly pour the ice water into the mixture and pulse until you can see a dough forming! If you are doing this entire process manually, just slowly pour small amounts of ice water bit by bit into the dry mixture and mix everything slowly. I assure you that you will get your dough! Place the finished dough onto a floured surface, knead it into a ball, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate this for at least a few hours. If you are in a time crunch, you can also just chill the dough for an hour or bake it straight afterward, In my experience, dough that is not chilled will be a bit tougher to roll out and will have a more intense butter flavor. Just do whatever rocks your boat.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. You can line the sheet pan with either parchment paper or aluminum foil. If you only have foil and not parchment paper in your cabinet, no need to run out into the supermarket to get one. Just slather some butter onto that baby and you will still get a beautiful tart. Roll out the dough until it has the right thickness - not too thick and not too thin. If you have bought pie crusts in the past, that is the thickness that we are shooting for. Honestly, if you want to make a smaller or larger pie tart, who am I to judge? Go and do whatever makes you happy! ;) Just remember to trim the edges a bit either with a knife or with one of those rolling slicer.
Before you move onto the apple filling part, remember to put your rolled dough into the fridge. We like to keep the dough nice and chill before the baking process begins! Peel the apples and cut them in half. You can either slice and remove the stems and cores with a sharp knife or a melon baller if you have one. Cut the apple into 1/4 thick slices and place them diagonally onto the chilled dough. I tend to start from the middle and that somehow makes it easier for me. You can place it however you want. I've seen flower arrangements done on pie tarts before! Maybe I will be doing that next time. Lastly, sprinkle the sugar onto the pie and add some cold butter on top of it. We just want it it to melt beautifully and create a nice, caramelized crust for our apple tart.
Bake the entire thing for 45 minutes to 1 hour. At this point, the crust should be slightly brown and you can see the sugar crust gets nice and bubbly. When the tart is done, heat the jelly/jam in a small pan and add some rum into it. Then, use a brush and slather that baby with some delicious jam mixture. Of course, you can add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to make it more fall-appropriate. And that's it! You are done!
I'm Linh - a science geek who loves experimenting and tinkering with recipes! I hope that this blog brings more ideas into your kitchens! Happy eating folks! XOXO