There is nothing more American than Apple Pie and tarts are very similar to pies, just flattened out a bit with a better crust to filling ratio. Tarts are also baked in a special pan, either with a removal bottom or standard – both work well. There are certain apples that are better for baking tarts, I prefer Gala, Granny Smith or Honey Crisp – apples with crunch and a little tang.
I made this recipe with Brown Butter, butter cooked down until the milk solids start to darken. Using brown butter is different than traditional butter, it stimulates the senses in baked goods because it gives off a nutty aroma and adds richness. I think butter should always be the star of a good tart, or baked good – if you’re indulging, you should make it worth it.
This tart is a nice holiday dessert, or eaten at brunch during the festive season. I think it’s pretty great as a substitute for a birthday cake and below is my video to demonstrate this recipe and how easy it is to bake from scratch. 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. Enjoy!