Apple tart.

I think this is my favourite and the easiest bake ever. I've made apple tart few times before and the pastry dough wasn't perfect, but now I made more pastry dough so it was thickier and... I used white strong flour which is originally for making pizza dough or bread. I didn't have a plain flour so I gave it a go and it was just perfect! Well, that's what my fiance said.
Apple tart is great for summer days in the garden or at a picnic, but it would be also good in fall. I think it's actually an autumn bake. The best is served hot (straight from the oven) with a bit of ice cream. So delicious!!!

Ingredients for a pastry dough:
  • 170 g plain flour
  • 55 g caster sugar
  • 110 g sliced, cold butter
  • 1 egg yolk

Place every ingredient into a bowl and mix together until you get a pastry dough. Make a ball from a dough, put cling film on and flatter a bit. Leave in the fridge for at least an hour.

Apple filling:
  • 5 big apples without a skin and a centre, cut in bigger parts
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch of cloves in powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • more - 1 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 beaten egg with 1 tbsp of milk to spread on top of the tart before baking

Put pieces of apples into a pan, add cinnamon, cloves, sugar and lemon juice. Simmer for a while and stir on a medium gas to not overcook the apples. they should be soft but not falling appart. Take off the hob.

Take a 20 cm diameter tart pan, spread a bit of butter and then sprinkle flour on it.
Take pastry dough out off the fridge and devide it in two parts.

Roll one part with a rolling pin and put on the bottom and sides of the tart pan. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top of the pastry dough, then put apples and even the surface. Roll the second part of the pastry dough, place it on of of the apples and put it together with the pastry dough on the sides. Dab it few times with fork and then cover it with beaten egg and 1 tbsp of milk.

Bake in 180 degrees for 30 - 45 minutes till it's golden. Take it out off the oven and leave to cool.
Although I prefer it to be hot and served with ice cream.

Sprinkle some icing sugar on top before serving.


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