This seems way too fancy for me to even think about making. I don't think I've ever made a tart. Though I'm pretty sure I bought a tart pan at one time. Will have to rummage through my cabinets and see if that is true or was just a dream I had. (I may or may not admit that I have baking dreams)
I do want to make this, as it looks wonderful in the cookbook. And I'd like to prove to myself that I can do it. But the Debbie Doubter in me says don't even try. She could have a valid point. (even though it wasn't a point at all and just a negative comment) I mean I could just go to my favourite bakeshop (Three Tarts) and buy a lovely tart. They don't have a website, but the Urban Spoon does have a review on them....so if you're ever in Ottawa, give this place a try. It is my bakeshop of choice when I need a birthday cake or just some lovely desserts for a dinner party. They make wonderful cakes, cookies, squares, loafs and tarts. And all this talk of them makes me want to run there now!
So it would appear it wasn't a dream after all.....I do have a tart pan. Go me! Straight to the kitchen I go. Time to peel a load of apples and slice them all up. I'm also hoping I have a mandoline to slice up these apples. Though perhaps I have an attachment for my food processor that I could make slices with. I really can't imagine that I would be able to make slices with a knife....well I could, but there won't be any that were identical!
I'm doing it. I am actually going to make this tart. (might still be at the 'talking myself into it' phase)
Am I feeling any trepidation at the thoughts of making the tart? Hells yeah. Might be why I have the Michael Jackson song Thriller in my head? And not just the song, but the video of all the zombies creeping up on his girlfriend in the video. Is the tart crust going to be creeping up on me??
The dough for the crust went together very easily. I decided to make it by hand, as I think I over process dough in my food processor and stand mixer. I tried very hard to keep as hands off as I could and not to knead it a lot. I think I managed okay.
The last pie crust I made was so tough. How tough was it?? Umm....pretty tough.....
So I'm really hoping this one is better. Just have to let it chill in the fridge for a few hours now.
Okay, the dough is now in the tart pan and looking as good as it is going to get. Whew, that was hard work. Can't imagine why I don't enjoy pie/tart baking.
Into the oven it goes....with some rice to weigh it down. I baked it for the full 25 minutes.
D'oh!!!!! I didn't read the part of the instructions that say to chill the tart crust before baking it off. <insert heavy sigh here> Is there going to be a point in my life where I actually read the instructions fully?? Ever??? I don't think so either. <insert another heavy sigh>
Not sure how the crust is supposed to look right now. Is this like half baking a crust, since I have to then fill it and bake again? Not sure why I didn't take a picture of the baked crust. (since I seem to be a little picture crazy today...meow) Yes, I took a lot of pictures.
Oh, oh. Did I over bake the crust if pieces of the edge are falling off when I touch it? Kind of like shaking hands with one of the zombies in the Thriller video....something is definitely going to fall off. (touch at own risk)
Let's just move on to the apple part. I don't think I can damage an apple.
The filling is super easy to make. (unless you include the part were I try to figure out how to cut an apple half into 12 even pieces) Math is hard. Word problems were never my strong suit. True story, just ask my 7th grade teacher. I want to say his name was Mr. Graham....hmm...but not sure. I did not enjoy his teachings (especially math) but once I got to High School I saw the favour he did by teaching me english so well. (I excelled at that......I know, what the heck happened??!!) But I digress....I think I've got a tart to make.
and ready to go in the oven.... 'cause apparently the oven is less scary to the apples than my spatula. Wait until they meet the potato masher!
|After baking and some mashing|
|Apple filling goes in|
I didn't think I could do it, but I managed to slice all the apples up into somewhat equal slices without the use of any instruments other than my own hands and a knife. Ta-da!
Apple slices added to tart......
Well, I'm pretty darn pleased with this tart...the first tart I've ever made. So glad that I tried it and didn't let Debbie the Doubter influence me!
I still need a lot of practice with my crust making, but overall I liked this apple tart. The flavour was great and the tart went together pretty easily.
I'd even make this tart again!