Parisian Recipe Box: French Apple Tart
What better way to celebrate Fall than to make a French Apple Tart, or as the French say, "trottoir aux pommes."
Fall means embracing sweater weather, wrapping up in chic scarves and leather boots, and watching leaves turn to vibrant hues of gold, crimson, and burnt orange. It also means the start of making delectable fall recipes.
Because October is National Apple Month, we wanted to find a way of incorporating a delicious apple recipe with a Parisian twist. Cue the French Apple Tart! This tart is simple to make. Grab a couple of friends and celebrate Fall with this amazing recipe.
What you will need:
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (we used Dufour)
- All-purpose flour, for surface
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash
- ½ cup applesauce
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into thin slices
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons white sugar, for sprinkling - 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
- 1 tablespoon water
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)
- parchment paper
- large baking sheet
- flexible rubber spatula
- assorted measuring cups and spoons
- large knife or pizza wheel
Step 1: Roll puff pastry into a 14 x 16 inch rectangle on a floured surface (we used the kitchen counter). Prick pastry dough with a fork and then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for a half hour.
Step 2: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Step 3: Using the spatula, spread the applesauce onto the middle of the dough. Arrange apple slices over applesauce in three rows, tightly overlapping.
Step 4: Heat apricot preserves and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Brush apples with melted butter and brush crust with egg wash. Once apricot preserves are warmed, brush the apples with the warm apricot preserves and and sprinkle entire surface with sugar.
Step 5: Bake for 20 minutes or until edges start to puff up. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes more, rotating halfway through. The pastry should be a dark golden brown and the apples will be caramelized. Take the tart out of the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Step 6: Once the tart is has cooled, dust with confectioner’s sugar and cut into squares with a pizza wheel or a knife. Enjoy!
We had so much fun in the kitchen making this tart, and needless to say it was gone in no time. A day spent baking with friends is always a blast, especially with a delicious dish to savor at the end of your hard work. Bon Appétit!