I woke up this morning and it was so cool in the house...fall is really in the air today! When the weather turns cool like this it makes me want to bake, and I couldn't wait to get in the kitchen, but I didn't have a lot of time so I threw together this rustic version of apple pie. It takes little effort to make and only one pound of apples and will serve 6-8 dinner guests easily. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you wish, or accompany it with a glass of very cold Sauternes or Muscat. Here it is:
Country Apple Tart
1 1/2 cups flour, chilled
1/2 cup butter cold
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pound apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
2 tablespoon butter diced
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Have all pastry ingredients very cold. (This is extremely important!)
- Place flour, salt and butter in food processor bowl. Pulse until texture of rice.
- Add the oil and water and pulse just until dough starts to come together.
- Turn out onto plastic wrap and quickly form into disk; wrap tightly and return to refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine apples, butter, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey in a large bowl; stir to combine. Set aside.
- On parchment paper, roll out chilled dough into a 12-inch circle. (Trim edges to neaten.)
- Spoon apple mixture onto center of disk and spread evenly to within 1 1/2 inches of edge.
- Fold edges toward center.
- Sprinkle all with 1 tablespoon sugar.
- Slide parchment paper with tart onto a sheet pan and place in hot oven for 40 minutes or until crust is golden and apples are tender and bubbling.