Rustic Apple Tart with a Hand-Pressed Crust


Growing up in a rural community, when food was scarce, neighbors helped out. One of the most common items that showed up on our dining room table due to the courtesy and kindness of friends and neighbors were apples. My father made a fabulous apple pie using them, and this rustic apple tart is made in homage to his pie.

Prep Time: 1 hour 25 minutes (1 hour inactive)
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8-10 servings

4 medium apples (2 gala, 2 granny smith if possible)
2 cups flour
1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. cold water
½ tsp. salt
1 ¼ tsp. baking powder

1) Mix apples, cinnamon, 2 tsp. of butter, 1 tbsp. of sugar thoroughly.
2) Use a fork, or enlist your little ones to use their fingers, to crumble flour, butter, baking powder and remaining sugar together until a sandy texture is reached.
3) Pour water into flour mixture, using a fork to rapidly work cold water into the dough.
4) Let dough rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
5) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
6) Press dough onto silicone baking mat by hand, working to cover the entire clear surface of the mat, but leaving the colored edges uncovered.
7) Pour apples over crust and spread evenly.
8) Bake for 30 minutes or until edges brown.

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