|BEAUTIFUL FRENCH APPLE TART|
We, especially Hubby, love fruit tarts at our house. Today's Contributing Baker, Leslie Mackie, instructs us in how to bake a beautiful FRENCH APPLE TART.
Because I have a large family and had several home for dinner, I chose to bake a 10" tart which created a larger middle space; too large for a rosette as lovely as in the provided photograph.
I bake pies and tarts often...sometimes 50 or 75 at a time. I enjoy baking pies for church dinners or for the trendy wedding receptions of friend's children and for a nephew who choose wedding pie over wedding cake...I do it just for fun. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, I'm sure we ate over 35 pies at home. I'm not professional, but I do know good pie.
With that in mind, I will critique today's pie.
The crust was lovely (and not as dark as my photo makes it appear), however, because of an applesauce like filling below the lovely apple rosette topping, and with several juicy apples on top, the juices from the apples caused the crust to absorb a little too much moisture to remove cleanly and without cracking from the tart pan. Even with two bakings, (first for the crust alone and second as a filled tart) this tart did not perfectly remove from the pan....it's OK, but not satisfactory to me. And I do not like soggy crust! Not even a little bit soggy! (Maybe my bread crumbs were not "fluffy" enough? Needed something a little more absorbent.)
Because we love apple pie, I was honestly excited to try a new apple pie-like recipe. We have our standard favorites, but I enjoy trying new pie recipes and ideas...some become new favorites.
With a very healthy bam of confectioner's sugar, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel, this was a wonderful dessert, but without that extra sweetness I did not care for this tart. A tart made with Granny Smith apples and fresh lemon juice is simply too tart. If I had used, instead, an apple such as a Golden Delicious, I would have enjoyed the simple apple flavor much better.
I'm not the only one with these thoughts. At least a third of this lovely pie went to the trash, and that never happens here. It was nice for a taste, and for something different. It was pretty to see, but not up to my standards.