Because these tarts are less bothersome to make than a pie — they take all of 30 minutes to make once you have the dough prepared — you can file them under easy-to-make. I bake them for weeknight dinners, brunches, picnics, even late-night snacks.–David Leite
Rustic Apple Tarts
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup ice water
- 2 tablespoons sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 2 Golden Delicious apples peeled, cored, cut in quarters and sliced paper-thin
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter quartered
- Vanilla ice cream optional
- In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt until blended. Add the butter cubes and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with pieces no bigger than small peas, about 13 to 15 one-second pulses.
- With the motor running, add the ice water all at once through the feed tube. Process for about 10 seconds, stopping before the dough becomes a solid mass. Turn the contents of the bowl onto a work surface, form into four equal-size discs, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F (220°C). On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disc into a 7-inch circle and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Spread one-quarter of the ginger mixture on each tart, then arrange one-quarter of the slices (about half an apple) in an overlapping circular pattern on top, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle the sugar evenly on top of the apples and fold over the borders. Most of the apples will remain uncovered. Press down the dough on the baking sheet, snugly securing the sides and seams to prevent drips. Dot the center of each tart with butter.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the crusts are golden and the apples have begun to brown slightly. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
These rustic apple tarts have a nice flavour. The ginger is a nice change from the usual cinnamon but it is quite pronounced but that suits me as I love ginger. My husband would prefer a touch less. The pastry is very buttery and flakey and was a cinch to throw together in the food processor. I was surprised how quickly it rolled out.
I had Honey Crisp apples on hand so I used those. The apples were very big so my tarts were not as perfect looking as in the picture but I placed a scoop of vanilla ice cream right in the center so you couldn’t tell. Next time I’ll make sure to use smaller apples.
I baked all four but put two in the freezer for later. I love having quick desserts to pull out from frozen. I pulled out the tarts and let them sit on the counter while I made dinner. The pastry is very thin so they don’t take long to thaw. After dinner I popped them into a 350°F oven for 5 minutes to warm up. They were as good as the first time I served them.
Originally published September 25, 2004