Recently, Madame Thermomix from Why is there air was talking about her mum’s apple pie and how to her, it was simply the best in the world. In my case, my dad’s apple tarte was equally the best in the world for us and we were always anticipating his tarts with great excitement when we could smell the delicious sweet vanilla and apple fragrances coming out of the oven while it was cooking.
For 4 people
3 or 4 Granny Smith apples (or any apple you like but it should keep its shape after cooking)
1 puff pastry
4 tbsp sugar (white or brown, as you like)
Vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
A few drops of lemon juice
Apple jelly or apricot jam to glaze
- Butter and lightly flour a tart tin.
- Roll the puff pastry and place in the tin. Remove excess pastry and refrigerate for 10 minutes (this will stop the pastry from shrinking when cooking).
- Peel and core the apples and place them in a bowl of cold water with a splash of lemon juice to stop them from browning.
- Take out the pastry from the fridge and preheat the oven at 200C (fan assisted ovens) or 220C (for conventional ovens).
- Turn the sugar into icing sugar in the Thermomix for 20 sec/speed 10.
- Melt the butter gently on the stove and add the sugar and vanilla flavour.
- Use a mandoline or a knife to cut thin slices of apples. Place them neatly on the pastry.
- One the whole tart tin is filled with one layer of apples, brush them with the butter mixture then continues layering the apples slices. After each layer, brush with butter & sugar and so on.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Check that the apples are not caramelising too much, if they do, place a piece of foil on top.
- Glaze with apple jelly or apricot jam reheated in a pan for easy spreading.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!