2 Dec 2009

Apple, pear, honey tart

Afternoon snack

I can not believe we're in December and December is a month that barely registers among the parties and  holidays Yes, time flies my friends. This week I had a lot of apples and pears in the refrigerator, asking aloud who would use it. I wanted to do something light, no creamy and leave out the classics and obvious crumbles.This cake is wonderful  choice for the holidays, very aromatic and light.

Or who knows, for a starving afternoon snack  For this recipe I used Calvados  Calvados is distilled from specially grown and selected apples, of which there are over 200 named varieties. It is not uncommon for a Calvados producer to use over 100 specific varieties of apple to produce their Calvados. The apples used are either sweet (such as the Rouge Duret variety), tart (such as the Rambault variety), or bitter (such as the Mettais, Saint Martin, Frequin, and Binet Rouge varieties), with the latter category of apple being inedible.

You can buy Calvados in liquor stores, but if you find it difficult to find can use brandy or cider. Hope you like.

Have a good week


 For the crust

  • 200g all purpose flour
  • 100 g butter , chilled and cute in dices
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 egg yolk batten
  • 3 tsp milk
  • Pinch of salt

 For the filling

  • 3 apples
  • 2 pears
  • 2 tbs lemon juice and lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup Calvados (see note above)
  • 50 ml honey
  •  1 Tsp confectionery´s  ground  spice(
  • mix of cinnamon, ginger and cloves)
  • 180 g bread crumbles

For the topping

  • 2 apples
  • 4 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 10g butter
  • 4 Tsbp oranje jam
  • 30g chopped pistachios (optional)
  • Whipped cream to garnish

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar , and salt. Drop butter pieces into bowl.
  2. Use your fingers, a fork, a pastry cutter, or two knives to work butter into flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal with stray pea-size pieces of butter in it.
  3. Pour  egg batten and milk over mixture and stir until it comes together (add another Tsp.milk if it remains too dry to pull into a dough).
  4. Turn mixture onto a well-floured work surface. Knead once or twice to create a ball of dough. Pat into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days. 
  5. Pre heat oven  (350°F)
For the filling
  1. Great apple and pears 
  2. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, calvados and honey
  3. Add bread crumbles and all spice . Mix well
Pour the dough into a pie dish or pan  Fill and top with sliced apples Sinkle sugar and butter
Bake for about 30 minutes
Remove from the oven and paint with jam (still warm)Srinkle with pistachios
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Bellini Valli said...

I would love to just pick up one of these tarts in my hands.

Peter G said...

These are so beautiful Sylvia! I love this recipe. Another bookmarked!

♥peachkins♥ said...

This looks so wonderful!

Helene said...

Yes time flies. December already. I'm thinking Holiday treats that I have to prepare. Love this month. Lovely honey tart that you made :)

lisa @ dandysugar said...

So beautiful, Sylvia. Great recipe- a perfect tart for the season over here.

Marly said...

Nem me fale na corrida do tempo! Essa tortinha ficou bem bonitinha e apetitosa! Nós temos Calvados aqui e já vou copiar a receita para executá-la em breve.

Inmaculada (Adi) said...

Fabuloso esta variación al clásico relleno de tartas de fruta con crema... me gusta la idea del pan rallado mezclado con la fruta, la miel y las especias.

Gracias por otra deliciosa receta.

Sophie said...

Hola Sylvia!
Un postre grande!! Me gustan mucho los manzanas, las peras & el calvados!

MMMMMMMMM,...un postre estupendo!

pityenlacocina said...

lovely cakes, cant wait to try them, with calvados of course, lovely shots, cheers from london

Anonymous said...

wonderful combination for your tart. wonderful photos, too.


Cynthia said...

Dearest Sylvia, I have visited in a while... been busy with work. I hope that you are well.

Ivy said...

Here's for another coincidence. Yesterday I made Apple Strundel from scratch :) Beautiful photos and the combination of ingredients sounds wonderful.

Manggy said...

I think I would love these indeed- apple desserts are some of my favorites :)