Sunday, April 28, 2013

Easy Apple Tart

At the beginning of the week I was home sick (watching hours of FoodNetwork) and saw an episode of Barefoot Contessa featuring a free form tart.  Simply wrapping up a fruit filling in dough and popping it in the oven seemed so much easier than dealing with a the standard pie dish and topping!  Plus, going free form means one less baking dish that has to be dirtied and cleaned!!

In sticking with the "super easy and limited preparation time Sunday dinner" theme for this weekend, I decided to create a free form Apple Tart for Sunday's dessert.  To make the dessert prep even quicker and easier, I used pre-made pie crust (gasp!).  You can absolutely make your own pie crust for this recipe... I just decided being outside and enjoying some time in the sun was worth the swap for 'pre-made' crust.

With Sunday dinner shaping up nicely... my Balsamic Beef Brisket in the slow cooker and the Easy Apple Tart in the oven (the house smelled glorious), I could go outside and play!  Hey, every once in awhile a cook wants to spend a little less time in the kitchen. ;)

Easy Apple Tart
based on an apple pie recipe from The Fanny Farmer Baking Book

5 medium granny smith apples (or other firm apple, I used Fuji)
1 9" pre-made pie crust
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Core, peel, halve and thinly slice the apples then place in a large mixing bowl.

Add lemon juice, brown sugar, white sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cut in butter. Gently stir (or mix with hands) until apples are completely coated.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Gently unroll out pie crust into center of the parchment paper.  In the middle of the pie crust, begin piling up apples.

In a small bowl, mix oats and brown sugar; cut in butter. Stir together (this will create a crumble).

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the top of the apples.

Begin folding the sides of the pie crust up onto the pile of apples (about 1" up), while pinching/folding over the corners to close the circle.

Bake for in preheated oven for 45-50 min.

This Easy Apple Tart is a great dessert to make if you're in a hurry or if you need something prepared last minute.  Baking time is at least 45 minutes, but the prep time was less than 10 minutes!  I love things that are so simple, but so delicious.  You could fool anyone into thinking you spent way more time preparing this beautiful tart. :)

All in all, this was one of the easiest and most delicious family Sunday dinners we've had.  The Easy Apple Tart paired with the Balsamic Beef Brisket and Roasted Cauliflower was a winning combination.  Everyone left the table feeling satisfied and happy!

Now time to relax....


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