Updated: Oct 7, 2018
The French Way!
Contemplating this post, I want to go back to the basics to make a natural, lightly sweetened apple dessert that your child will enjoy and create fun for the entire family.
My spin on this classic Apple Tart, the French way. I want to create this post for beginners and show you a step-by-step process, so I looked back to my past and found one of my first instructional videos. Not perfect! With no fancy camera equipment or famous chef, just me in my kitchen, with you at home.
Before I begin, here is what you will need for this recipe;
Flaky Pie Dough (Cut in two, will yield two large pie crust dough balls)
5 1/4 cups pastry flour or all purpose flour ( I use King Arthur bread flour for this demonstration)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 3/4 cups (11 ounces) solid vegetable shortening, chilled
1 cup of Ice water
1 Flaky Pie Crust Dough (well chilled)
6 Granny Smith apples
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
1 Tablespoon apple brandy (optional)
1/2 cup whole oatmeal ( you can use fluffy bread crumbs)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 to 3 Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
confectioners sugar, for dusting
One trick for the topping is to use a mandolin vegetable cutter to make each slice the same width, in order to make the decoration on top.
Prepare all this ahead of time. You can make this dessert in one day but, you will need to have the pie crust dough chilled long enough, around 2-3 hours in order to roll it out.
I wanted to make this from my basic home oven... no need going to Sur La Table to buy fancy equipment, even so it is a fun experience. We are going to do this together in our home kitchens!
Being this was one of my first instructional videos, please don't mind my fumbling and stumbling over my thoughts, just follow the technique. Also, if you have a Cuisinart food processor, you can make the dough in the machine, but be careful not to over work the pie crust dough. Everyone else, roll up your sleeves and let's get to work.
I always love to hear your feedback and what you would like for me to post next.