By now you probably all know that I prefer to bake anything that is not super time consuming. This weekend felt very fallish and cozy so I was in the mood to bake something that would make the whole apartment smell good. In the fall I gravitate towards apple desserts and love the smell of cooking apples and cinnamon. A rustic tart is a great go to around here. They can look beautiful and relatively messy at the same time. Tarts are great for events or just an easy dessert at home and pair wonderfully with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Rustic Apple Tart
4 Granny Smith Apples (peeled and cored)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
For the pastry:
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, small diced
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup ice water
To make the pastry combine the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds. Then add the butter and pulse for about ten times until the butter is in small bits. Make sure the lid is on and pour the water down the tube pulsing until the dough starts to form a ball. Pour the dough out onto a floured surface and knead into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.
Prepare the apples by peeling, coring and slicing into thin pieces about 1/4″ Thick. Toss in a bowl with cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside. Heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. When dough is ready roll out on floured surface into a rectangle about the size of a small baking sheet. Lay the apples on the dough overlapping the pieces as you go. This can be done in a linear fashion or diagonal based on what you want it to look like. Sprinkle the sugars over the apples and dot the tops with butter. Bake for 45 minutes or until dough begins to turn golden brown. Turn once for even baking. Note the apple juices will run so definitely use parchment paper unless you want your baking sheet to get destroyed! It makes for a much easier clean up.