I am trying to figure out ways to integrate this attitude into our American lives. Lilah still finds great happiness in imaginary play and collecting twigs and flowers. Otis now goes to our local middle school and only gets in the car once in while. Paul and I are trying to limit our commitments and spend lots of time at home enjoying our kids. Little things.
What does this have to do with food? In our family, where much of life revolves around eating, this means taking time to harvest blackberries and picking apples with friends on their bucolic land in West Sonoma County.
Rach and Justin invited a slew of us to spend the day with them. It was true Indian summer. The leaves had started falling, a bit of crispness cooled the air while still being warm enough for kids to swim, pluck juicy concord grapes from the vine, and pick apples... Life is good.
I like how uncomplicated this apple tart is - just apples on buttery pastry with a sprinkle of sugar. Simple pleasure. But I also enjoyed gussying this apple tart up a little bit with a drizzle with Homemade Caramel Sauce and voila .... Caramel Apple Tart, anyone?
INGREDIENTS adapted from David Tanis' Platter of Figs
- 1/2 recipe flaky pastry dough
- 2-3 pounds apples
- 2 tablespoons Turbinado sugar
- Homemade Caramel Sauce (optional, but highly recommended)
Prepare your dough as per the instructions here. A couple of notes:
First, you only need half of the recipe for the pastry dough for this recipe. Have fun making a tart of your choice with the other half.
Second, please don't roll the dough too thin or the edges get pretty charred before the apples can cook all the way. (Tanis suggests rolling the dough into a 16x11 inch rectangle. I had more success when I made a thicker 11x6 inch oval of dough.)
Place the rolled out dough (on a parchment-lined baking sheet) into the fridge while you prep your apples.
Preheat oven to 375.
Peel and core apples and slice them thin. Take the prepared dough from the fridge. Lay the apples on the dough in long layered rows. ( If you aren't going to serve your tart until later, Tanis suggests covering the prepared tart in the fridge for up to 8 hours.)
Sprinkle Turbinado sugar over the apples and pastry. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the apples are tender.
We found the tart to be most delicious when served warm and drizzled with caramel sauce. When we ate the leftovers, we'd quickly warm up a slice in the oven before noshing.
What else is cooking?
- Monika's awesome short film about making apple tart
- Emma's quince and apple pie
- Adrianna's spiced apple chips
- Caitlin's pear tart