There is nothing more American than apple pie and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, I thought I would get a jump start on a holiday treat by creating a tart recipe that keeps with tradition, but with my own twist. Tarts are similar to pies, just flattened out a little – I think they have a better crust to filling ratio than pies, and make a delightful alternative.
There are hundreds of apple varieties and many make great baking apples. I prefer Gala or Honey Crisp – apples with crunch, but not too tangy. However, some believe in the standard Granny Smith with its unique crisp taste. Whatever you choose, make sure they are firm so they hold up to baking.
Brown butter stimulates the senses in baked goods because it gives filling a nutty aroma and adds silkiness to other ingredients. Let’s face it, tarts and pies are not diet food, so don’t skimp on the butter – let it be the star of the tart.
Brown Butter Apple Tart is a nice holiday dessert, but is a great substitute for birthday cakes or cookies. I created this quick video to demonstrate this recipe and how easy it is to bake from scratch. So, make a tart today for fun and for the holidays, Enjoy!
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2/3 cup ice water
2 large Gala apples
1 cup granulated sugar
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar
ice cream, optional
(Makes 11-inch tart)
Brown Butter Apple Tart – Recipe!
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix with pastry blender, until coarse crumbs.
2. Add vinegar and water and mix until dough comes together, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Roll dough out onto floured surface and place in greased tart pan. Trim edges and prick with fork all over surface. Place parchment paper and pie weights or dried beans on top of dough. Bake Blind for 15 minutes. After baking remove parchment and pie weights, set aside.
4. In a saute pan over medium heat, add butter and cook until brown, about 5 minutes.
5. Core and slice apples horizontally and place in par-baked crust.
6. In a large bowl, add eggs and sugar, whisk. Add flour, salt and brown butter, whisk until smooth.
7. Pour over apples and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and slightly puffed.
8. Cool for 40 minutes and dust with powdered sugar. Slice and serve.