Monday, November 5, 2007

Recette Alsacienne

Tarte fine aux pommes
Thin apple pie
Prep'Time : 45 minutes
(+ 1 hour leave for pastry)
Cook Time : 20 minutes

French tarte aux pommes

Ingredients for 6 people :

Filling :
- 6 big sour apples
- the juice of half a lemon
- 2 Tbspoons sugar
- 3 pinches powder cinamon

Sugar crust pastry :
- 200 gr [7oz] plain flour
- 100 gr [31/2 oz] butter (unsalted)
- 100 gr [31/2 oz] sugar
- 1 big egg
- 1 pinch salt
- butter for dishes

What is more classic than an apple pie...?

Recipe :

If you chose to make your own pastry :
- In an electric mixer, put the flour, the sugar and the salt ; turn the electric mixer with blade on and add the butter cut in small cubes while mixing for another 15 seconds ; still mixing, add the eggs one by one and wait a few seconds until the paste forms a ball, then stop mixing.
Leave for at least 1 hour.

Prepare the filling :
1- In a small dish, prepare a mixture containing 5 spoons of water, 1 spoon of sugar, 1 spoon of lemon juice, 1 pinch of powder cinamon ; butter the 6 pie dishes ; pre-heat oven to 200°C / 400°F.
2- Peel 4 apples and cut them in small pieces ; put them in a saucepan, with the left lemon juice, the sugar and the cinamon. On a medium-low flame, cook the apples for 15 minutes ; add one or two spoons of water if they stick to the pan.
3- Line the 6 pie dishes with the pastry, simply spreading it directly in the dish with your fingers (using flour to help not sticking, push pastry from middle to sides of dish with your fingertips and thumbs ; the pastry is soft enough to make it easy).
4- Evenly put the stewed apples on the bottom of each pie dish.
5- Rince and core the 2 left apples ; cut them in long regular slices which you will lay regularly on top of each pie.
5- Bake the pies for 20 minutes and sprinkle them with the water mixture prepared step one after 10 minutes.
Place the pies in the lowest part of the oven so that the pastry cooks well.
6 - Serve the apple pies warm in their dish.

You can prefer to cook tartlets if you wish to serve them during a buffet or tea-time ; in this case you can use our set of tartlet tins which will give you 25 beautiful tartlets ; you don't need to butter them and you can bake them in 10 to 15 minutes instead of 20. It is better to take the tin off and lay them on a large plate to serve. You will delight all small and big kids !

You will delight everybody with it, and your homemade sugar crust pastry will surely surprise your guests
(and it is so easy !).

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