Thursday, 9 June 2011

Simple Apple Tart for Two

Making pastry is one of my things!

So the other day I made up some shortcrust pastry for a couple of tarts, one sweet, one savoury and there was some left over.

one delicious slice of apple tart

It freezes brilliantly so I used it to line 2 small pyrex lids and pricked the bottoms with the fork. I then wrapped them securely in clingfilm and put them in the freezer for a rainy day. I cut out a few shapes with the tiny remaining piece of the pastry and wrapped that as well.

pricked all over
So what could be simpler than making up a quick little apple tart for supper a few nights later?
Take out one of the pastry shells so that it reaches room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
Simply take one or two apples, tart if you can get them but here in Istanbul, cooking apples seem to have disappeared off the agenda, and peel them. Actually sometimes leaving  the skin on is nice as I like the colour contrast. But this time I didn’t.

slice quite thinly
If the apples aren’t specially juicy, slice them thinly. Otherwise slice them normally and arrange round the dish. Sprinkle with  granulated sugar and cinnamon and top with small knobs of butter. Add a shape or two if you have some. I like a little heart here, a few flowers there ...
Put in your preheated oven on the middle shelf and cook till the crust turns an attractive light brown and the apples are done.

before and after! click on the pictures to enlarge.
Serve with cream or icecream while still warm!
Hey, look at this!
Mary from the wonderful blog One Perfect Bite has invited me and two other bloggers on an 'adventure' with her starting tomorrow! We are each going to cook a dish from one of the Fifty Women Game-Changers list, starting from the top, and post about it every Friday. This list is from the Gourmet Live May issue and is indeed more American in outlook.  It ranges from such luminaries as Elizabeth David and Delia to others that I have never heard of - but look forward to finding out about!  Tomorrow is Julia Child! We may not all manage it every week but we'll try! We'll post the links on our blogs so that you can follow along.
The other two bloggers are:
Watch this space!