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Buttery Apple Frangipane Tart

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This delightful Apple Frangipane Tart combines buttery crisp pastry with a sweet almond cream and lightly sweetened apples. It is a free form tart which means it does not use a tart pan. The ends of the pastry are simply folded up and over the apples, acting as a shell to hold everything together. This dessert is lovely in the Fall when newly harvested apples are available at farmer's markets. Serve warm from the oven or at room temperature, with or without a dollop of sweet whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Cooking Recipe

Servings: 6-8 people
Cook Time: 1 hour
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour & 30 minutes

Frangipane (Almond Cream):
1/2 cup (50 grams) chopped blanched or natural almonds (can use almond meal)
1 tbsp (12 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
3 tbsp (40 grams) unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

Pie Crust:
1 & 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp (2 grams) salt
1 tbsp (14 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 cup (113 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
1/8 to 1/4 cup (30 - 60 ml) ice water

6 cups (1.5 liters) apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) slices
2-3 tbsp (30-45 grams) granulated white sugar

1. In your food processor, place the almonds, sugar, and flour. Process until finely ground. Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until you have a smooth paste. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Pie Crust:
1. In a food processor, place the flour, salt, and sugar and process until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal (about 15 seconds).

2. Pour 1/8 cup (30 ml) water in a slow, steady stream through the feed tube until the pastry just holds together when pinched. Add remaining water, if necessary.

3. Turn the pastry out onto your work surface, gather it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about one hour or until firm. Once the pastry has chilled sufficiently, remove from refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry into a 12 inch (30 cm) circle. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the apples.

4. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and place the rack in the center of the oven.

Assemble Tart:
1. Remove the chilled pastry from the refrigerator and spread the frangipane evenly over the crust, leaving a 2 inch (5 cm) border. Arrange the apple slices evenly over the frangipane layer (concentrically or free form), again leaving a 2 inch (5 cm) border.

2. Fold the border of pastry up and over the apples (sealing any cracks) and brush the pastry crust with a little cream. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of sugar (depending on tartness of the apples) over the crust and apples.

3. Bake the tart for 50 to 60 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown. (The apples should be soft, but not mushy, when pierced with a knife.)

4. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or softly whipped cream. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Buttery Apple Frangipane Tart
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