Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My kind of Apple Tart

This apple tart is really my kind of ideal apple tart. I've "designed" it in the way to use the minimal amount of butter to achieve a great taste. The pastry is the lighter version that I got from a light lemon tart recipe from BBC Australian GoodFood magazine (Nov 2010 issue). With this, I've created a light frangipane mixture to spread the pastry and filled up the tart case with lots of freshly sauté apples.

I've very impressed with this lighter version of pastry; it is flaky and delicious just like most regular shortcrust pastry!  Everyone has their thumbs up for this tart.

I'm submitting this post to the Aspiring Bakers #5 : Fruity March (March 2011) event hosted by Bakericious.

Fresh from the oven...
No wet pastry at the bottom because the apples has been pre-cooked!
Check out the shiny glaze of the tart...yum!
Here's the pastry recipe from Nov 2010 issue of BBC Australian GoodFood magazine.

1 cup (150g) plain flour
50g cold unsalted butter, chopped
1 tbsp pure icing sugar
1 tbsp grapeseed oil (but I used canola oil)
1 egg yolk

1. Place flour and butter in a food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add icing sugar, oil, egg yolk and 1-2tbsp cold water and process until mixture forms a ball.
2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 3-4mm thickness accordingly to the shape of your flan pan. I used a loose based 33 cm x 13 cm tart pan. Transfer the rolled pastry into a flan pan and trim the edges of pastry. Lightly prick base with a fork and chill for 10 min.
3. Preheat oven to 190°C. Place pan on a baking tray. Line pastry with baking paper and fill with pastry weights and bake for 15 min. Remove weights and bake for another 5 min.

My apple fillings:

I cut 4 small to medium size apples to slices in about 5-10mm thickness and salute them with 1 tbsp of rice bran oil spread with 1 tsp of cinnamon until they are slightly soft and tender (see side picture). I did not over-cook them because I want a nice soft crunch of these apples in my finished product. Cool apples completely before assemble on tart case.

My light frangipane mixture:

1 cup (125g) almond meal
4 tbsp icing sugar
25g cold unsalted butter, chopped
1 egg yolk

Apricot glaze: 6 tbsp apricot jam, microwave in low power to slightly melt it 
(I used the weight watcher low sugar one)

1. Place all in a food processor and process until mixture become a soft paste.
2. Spread the frangipane mixture onto the baked pastry and arrange the saulted apple on the frangipane mixture.
3. Spread the slightly melted apricot jam evenly on the apples and continue to bake for 25-30 min. Cool in pan for 10 min. Remove from pan and serve.

Happy Baking.

31 comments:

  1. That looks lovely. I like the idea of the frangipane on the pastry. Gorgeous pics. :)

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  2. My daughter gave me one of these pretty tart pans for Christmas. We LOVE apple cake and I will take your recipe to try. Thanks. Kirsten

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  3. Zoe I love apples tarts and this look delicious! gloria

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  4. Your apples tart looks delicious! I bought a rectangle tart pan a couple of months ago after I've seen Laura Calder's apple tart, but then, have not even made it yet! You are making me want to have a slice right now, just nice for my breakfast, it is 8.00am now! :)

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  5. Wow! That looks good! I like the fact that the pastry are so thin and the apples remained slightly crunchy!

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  6. Thats looks yummy....I'm lovin it~~

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  7. I really love how elegant this tart looks. Will go on my list to bake. Great photos too!!

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  8. Beautiful! I love your low fat alterations.

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  9. your apple tart looks absolutely divine! i especially love the glaze over it, it makes the apples look even more so inviting :)

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  10. the tart look so lovely! the moment i read LESS BUTTER, im sold! i want to try it! i love tarts that uses less butter! or rather, im no butter lover. but is more troublesome handling it. is doesnt look too flaky from the pic. is it?

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  11. I like this apple tart!! The apple filling looks inviting!

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  12. I love apple and pastry combinations. With your gorgeous pictures I can practically taste it!!

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  13. Looks lovely! Got to get one of those tart pans.

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  14. beautiful apple tart! love the golden brown color!

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  15. Zoe, the apple tart looks really good. Thanks for the submission.

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  16. Wah! Yummy!Great for breakfast and tea time too!

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  17. i hate eating apples but i LOVE apple pie! your version looks great and always low fat :)

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  18. Thats a great looking apple tart, lovely low fat version..awesome!

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  19. Your tart looks lovely! The edges are perfectly brown and the apples looks so yummy!

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  20. i'm drooling here especially looking at the last picture!

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  21. I like how the crust is thin. These look great!

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  22. I've been wanting to make a tart like this - looks incredible and picture-perfect!

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  23. Mouthwatering here! Yummylicious tarts ;)

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  24. Oh my goodness, this tart looks soooo good!

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  25. Holy delightfulness..that looks incredible! Love love this dessert!

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  26. This is a beautiful tart and I like the fact that is lighter than the normal one. I am drooling!

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  27. this is my kind of apple tart too!! and healthier :) i love that shinyyy glazee!

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