Traditional French apple pie {Tarte aux pommes et miel}

Traditional French apple pie {Tarte aux pommes et miel}

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Recipe for crust (French Pâte Sablée):

  • All purpose flour: 250 gr (8.8 ounce or 2 cups)
  • Unsalted butter: 125 gr (4.4 ounce)
  • Icing sugar: 70 gr (2.5 ounce)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Milk (or cream): 5cl (1.65 oz)
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon

1. Cut your butter into small cubes;
2. Sift the flour onto your work surface and using your fingers mix the flour and butter;
3. Shape it into a mound with a well in the center. Into the well, plop the salt, sugar, egg yolk and milk, cream (you can even use water instead of milk!);
4. Using a spoon, stir the ingredients in the well until combined. Finally, using your hands, work the flour into the center of the well to combine it with the other ingredients. If necessary, add another tablespoon milk, cream, or water to create a smooth, soft dough. The dough must not be too firm. Do not overwork it, otherwise it’ll be tough. When it’s ready, the dough will be barely moistened and come together into a ball;
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into an 12 – 13 inch (30 – 33 cm) circle;
6. Make sure a parchment paper under the pastry to prevent it from sticking to the pan;
7. Prick bottom of pastry with the tines of a fork (this will prevent the pastry from puffing up as it bakes);

Recipe for the filling:

  • 5-6 apples
  • Unsalted butter : 70 gr (2.5 ounce)
  • Sugar : 70 gr (2.5 ounce)
  • Honey : 2 table spoons
  • Sliced almond : 100 gr (3.5 ounce) (optional)

You can use Pâte Sablée (recipe above), Pâte Brisée or even puff pastry for this tarte (pie), if you don’t have time to make the crust, you can use Trader Joe’s ready-made pie crust:

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1. Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) slices and arrange them in concentric circles over your crust;
2. Place the tart pan in the preheated oven (400 degrees F or 210 degrees C) and bake it for 20-25 minutes, until the apples seem soft but not mushy!;
3. Prepare the applesauce: melt butter, stir in honey and sugar ( you can use any spices you like, such as cinnamon or vanilla, I’ve added one drop of vanilla! but the traditional recipe does not need any spices in it), you can also add sliced almonds in this part which is also optional;
4. Remove the pan from your oven and while it’s still hot cover the apples with your applesauce and put it back in the oven for about 15 -20 minutes until it’s golden down, you can also place the tart under a preheated broiler for a few minutes, until the edges of the apples are golden brown and crisp. At this time watch the tart carefully. It gets brown very quickly!
5. Remove the tart from pan when slightly cooled down;
6. Serve the tart warm or in room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipping cream (crème Chantilly!);
7. Bon appetite!

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