There is nothing nicer than a good old apple tart – plenty of apples around this time of year and as per usual this is a very simple recipe with a minimum of ingredients but with a great result!
The main difference between apples in France and in Ireland and the UK is that cooking apples don’t exist – eating apples are used which I prefer anyway as you don’t need to add any (or very little) sugar that way.
- 1 short-cut pastry
- 4-6 eating apples
- Vanilla Sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 180°C
- Chop 2 apples into small cubes and place in a saucepan with approximately 2 tablespoons of water
- Leave to simmer until the apple softens and then mash or use a hand mixer to make a compote
- Roll out pastry into your tart tin and prick the base with a fork
- Spread the compote onto the tart base
- Peel, core and cut your apples into quarters and then slice each quarter3 or 4 times
- Place the apple slices on the compote, arranging them around in a circle – or anyway you like!
- Sprinkle some vanilla sugar over the apples and add 3 or 4 small knobs of butter
- Bake in oven for 30 minutes
- Enjoy on its own or with some freshly whipped cream or ice-cream