apple pan tart (simple)

Soooo easy, so simple, so apple-y, so flakey (the crust) so moist… just scrumptious.  Served this tart the other evening and friends Jason and Trent were ecstatic.  Well, that may be too strong of a word, but for grown men, they were all smiles.  I’m so happy I finally made an apple tart worth posting.  My mom makes a beautifully simple tart but I can’t seem to master it.  I’ve tried various recipes and ideas and although good, not great.  Until this one.   Found this with who else, but Ina Garten…   enjoy this and make this – you will not disappoint.

apple tart (from Ina Garten Food Network):

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup ice water

4 granny smith apples
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced small
1/2 cup apricot jelly, or warm, strained apricot jam
2 tablespoons calvados, rum or water

For the crust – place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor and pulse to combine.

Add the cold diced butter and pulse 10-12 times until the butter chunks are about the size of peas.

Get your ice water ready – make sure it is really cold (I make a tall glass of ice water, then measure out the water after it has a chance to really get cold).

With the motor runnIMG_5151ing, add the water and pulse until the dough just starts to come together.  Stop.

Remove from machine and dump onto a floured surface and quickly form into a ball.  Make sure all the flour is incorporated.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, then flatten the ball to form a disc shape.  Let sit in fridge for at least one hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment.

Roll the dough so that it is slightly larger than a 10×14 rectangle — and transfer to your baking sheet.  To transfer, roll the dough around your pin quickly and unroll on the parchment.

Peel, cut, core and slice your apples.  Cut them in half, through the stem.  Core.  Then slice crosswise in 1/4 inch slices.

Place overlapping slices of apples diagonally across the tart.  And continue on both sides until the dough is covered.  Sprinkle with the full (seems like a lot) 1/2 cup sugar.  Dot the apples with the small bits of butter as shown.

Bake for about 45 m to an hour (mine took an hour) – and rotate the pan at least once during baking.  Heat your jam and spirit (or water) and strain through a small sieve.  Gently brush the glaze over the tart.  Take a large spatula and loosen the tart from the pan.  Some of the sugar may have caramelized and it will stick if not unstuck while warm.

This was delicious warm, room temp and the next few days too.  You can also serve cold if that is what you like

things i love – Lilac Chocolate All American Bar

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All  American Bars from Li-Lac Chocolates.

These are delicious.  Beyond good.  Greg and I have taste tested many or these bars often called “all american bars” or “s’mores” or “marshmallow bars” and well, these ones from Li-Lac Chocolate win.  There is something about the marshmallow,  it is light, fluffy and moist and not cloyingly sweet.  The chocolate is so delicate – thinly coated and therefore not overbearing.  It’s as if they dipped these in chocolate and shook vigorously to get rid of the excess chocolate  (and normally I like excess!)

As mentioned – Greg loves these very much.  So much that I kind of hide them from Andy and Sylvie so he gets to eat the bulk of them.  I can’t help it since he is so particular these days and it is nice to see him indulge.  Although only a half at a time for him.

These bars are pricey.  Very pricey so save for a special event or a special someone.  You can order on-line and they have a nice small shop in Grand Central as well as the West Village.

Again, I’m not making any money here – I’m just sharing some of the good stuff!


things i love!

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Stevers Candies chocolate marshmallows.  These are scrumptious!  Truly.  A family fave.

Eyes light up when I bring these gems out for company.  Friends eagerly ask “did you make these!?”  I reluctantly tell the truth and say no…I didn’t, but they are better than any candy I could ever make.

I often order gift boxes for the holidays and hostess gifts but I (we) often end up eating most of them since it is too difficult to give them away.

Located in Rochester NY – I found them with my grandma and mom (both from Rochester) and have been calling every year since.  Call because you can’t order on-line although they have a lovely and descriptive website.  And many more delicious treats.  And boy – the people in Rochester are really nice and so pleasant on the phone.  I’m serious.

Milk and dark – both delicious btw.

This is not an ad – nor do I get these for free…I’m just sharing some things I love so that you too can enjoy if you choose.


top 20 crowd pleasers to date

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This was supposed to be a top 10 list but I just cannot do it.  Can’t pick 10 and can’t be “favorites” since I have waaay too many!

So I narrowed it down to 50 crowd pleasers which was already terrifically hard to do.  Went back again and got it down to 30.  Then Rob started slashing and cutting here and there and everywhere.  He said I should really have a top 10 – but we compromised at 20.  Remember, crowd pleasers.  Can’t put jeweled winter soup or pomegranate grapefruit sorbet on the list even though I love them both – because I do know that these sweets are not for everyone.  But the following 20 are sure to be a hit with most family and friends.  I promise.  (Well, I hope!)

The list is un-ranked and in random order.  The orange cake which is last is just as much a crowd pleaser as the buttermilk chocolate cookies which are first.

Oh, and if you click on the highlighted dessert – you will be directed to the post.

buttermilk chocolate cookies
banana streusel cake
blue cornmeal biscotti
ginger cookies
crystal almond pound cake
mom’s candied bacon
blueberry cake with crumb topping
brownie pudding
oatmeal cinnamon pancakes
gingerbread pudding cake
heartland turtle bars
favorite fudgy brownies
rocky road cookie bark
chocolate covered peeps
dark chocolate sorbet
quick and easy banana bread
cranberry apple crisp
luscious lemon pound cake
brown butter cookies
orange cake

Sylvie just read this and said I must add the following: berry boy baitcaramelized bananassummer fruit crumble, chocolate chunk Rice Krispie treats, and danish pancakes.  So I get to sneak in an extra five.

Aunty Linda is here and says we must add the Nutella-swirl pound cake too.  And just now (after my post) my most faithful reader, baker, recipe tester  (Rachel) just commented that I cannot forget the Nutella fudge mini cupcakes or the blondies.  And now I’m done!

Please don’t ignore the other sweets though.  I recommend all of them.  I know I’m repeating myself.  I’m aware.

Oh, and please please don’t forget to read through the baking tips again (even if you think you know it all).  Especially instructions on measuring flour and softening butter.  I find that I learn something new almost every time I read a new cookbook.  Or I get reminded of something that I forgot when I re-read an old one.

Enjoy and happy baking and happy happy New Year!