Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Apple Cinnamon Tart

Apple cinnamon tart

I'm in Bliss ;) Its absolutely because I could bake something so yummy from scratch. :)

Tart and pies are few of my favorite desserts. The crispy crust with soft and sweet topping makes me melt for them. :)

A tart is a pastry dish, usually sweet, with an open top not covered with pastry. Sweetened fruit is arranged on pastry, often puff pastry, with or without custard, after which the tart is baked in an oven says wikipedia. Wow, tat definition is making me drool :)

I made two apple tarts and few tartlets. The little ones were so cute and all of us at home enjoyed them. :)

It was total fun to set the apples on top and I thoroughly enjoyed making them. Hope you all would too :)

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Ingredients:

For Tart base:

All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Butter - 75 gms
Powdered sugar - 2 tbl sp
Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch

For Topping:

Granny smith apples(green apples) / Red apples - 2
Sugar
Honey
Cinnamon powder

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Method:

To make the pastry base from scratch, we need to make the pastry dough.

Sift all purpose flour, powdered sugar and salt together and put them in a mixing bowl.

Cut the cold butter into chunks and add it to the bowl as well. Rub in the butter with your hands till it resembles fine crumbs. Now add just enough cold water to it and mix well till everything comes together into a fine dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.

Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface until it is 1/4 inch thick and slightly bigger than the size of your tart pan.


Grease your tart pan with removable base lightly. Line the base of the tart pan with the rolled pastry. Press the dough at the sides of the pan slowly and then run the rolling pin once on the pan to cut off the excess dough. Chill the lined pan for 15 mins or so to minimize shrinking before cooking.

At this stage you have two options to go about. Either set the toppings on the tart lined pan and bake directly or go for a baking blind method.

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Baking at ones method:

Choose fresh green apples(Granny Smith). I dint get them, hence used fresh red apples.

Cut the top and bottom of the apple and peel the skin using a peeler. Now slice them evenly and arrange them as you like on the tart. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon powder on top of the apples.

Preheat oven to 375°F or 190°C. And place the tart pans on the center rack and bake for 25-30 mins at 190°C.

Cool it on a wire rack for a while and glaze the tart with some honey or apricot glaze. :)


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Baking blind method:

This rather strange term really means just to bake the lined tart without topping.

Prick the pastry base with fork to make holes.

Now line it with grease proof paper. Half fill the tin with fried macaroni or baking beans to hold the pastry in shape.

I skipped the above step and just made enough holes so tat the pastry does not raise when baked.

Preheat oven to 375°F or 190°C.

Bake at 190°C for 10-15 mins until the base is dry and crisp with a light golden shade.

Now allow the pastry to cool down for ten mins and then slightly rub with butter and arranged the sliced apples on top. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon powder and bake for 25-30 mins at 190°C.

Cool it on a wire rack for a while and glaze the tart with some honey or apricot glaze. :)

Extremely yummy and simple apple cinnamon tart is ready to eat :)

This quantity would suffice a 9" pan. But I used two 3" pans and few tartlet moulds.

Happy making. :)

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I tried both the methods and the crust was pretty different in both.

The direct method gives a slightly softer base with crisp corners and the baking blind method gave me a uniform texture all over. I liked it both the ways ;)

You can check out for a video of this recipe by Chef Chris Thielman here.

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Written by: Nithya
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49 comments:

Jayashree said...

You posted this real fast, didn't you? I really like the little tarts. Where did you buy tart pans?

Guna's kitchen said...

OMG!!!!! perfect tart... luks delicious and fantastic clicks... very tempting clicks...
u have a good colection of recipes... if u find time to visit my blog...happy to follow ur blog

Mriganayani said...

Nithya - please visit us here...and make some of these for us!

Appreciate all of your patience making these from scratch. They look magical. Now, if only I could have your magic wand for day!

Vrinda said...

Beautiful tarts..perfect n pretty clicks as usual...

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... What a photography !!??.. Awesome job dear.. Wonderful !! :)

An Open Book said...

looks great..apple pies are my fav, tarts a close second

Divya Kudua said...

Looks yummy Nithya..I am not so much a fan of tarts but the combo of Apple and Cinnamon is sure tempting!!

Priya said...

Cute looking tart, looks pretty and yummy..

Priya said...

Cute looking tart, looks pretty and yummy..

srividhya Ravikumar said...

OMG... wonderful.... yummmmmmm

Priti said...

The one thing I adore is apple tart and it looks so beautiful isn't it? And U did a fab job Nithi..absolute fab..

♥Aps♥ said...

Each Picture is Classic... nd yeh even m gona try a tart soon :)

Anuradha said...

Oh wow! Amazing fantabulous pictures. I guess this is the best click of yours out of all. I just love it and feel like stealing those tarts from here. I envy you for making this I am angry on you for not keeping some for me :(

Kairali sisters said...

great looking apple tart and super shots Nithya...

DEESHA said...

they look absolutely gorgeous Nithya

Pavithra Srihari said...

dei chennai la irundhuttae ,, nee ithna supera tart panrenaa , i can only think how good u r at baking .. awesome da ...

Love those cinnamon, apple on cinnamon sticks pic a lot ..

Suhaina said...

Those lovely clicks are making me go crazy. looks so yummy.

Madhavi said...

I am not big fan of Apple tart but your pics make my mouth droolllll :))

kitchen queen said...

lovely cute and yummilicious tarts with step by step pictures.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely Tarts!

divya said...

looks fabulous and amazing ..drooling dish ..wht a tempting pic..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Nithya, that is simply gorgeous.

jeyashrisuresh said...

cute little tarts with drooling pictures. never tasted this

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Nithya

The perfectly shaped apple tarts look simply great. Loved the clicks. Must have tasted simply wonderful.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks sinful and the pictures are really great! Professional! These are the best pictures of all here :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luved the apple cinnamom pic very much...looks too gud

shanthi said...

Love the tarts and the pictures are too professional

Nithya said...

Thanks all :)

@Jayashree - Got the tart pans from Amma Naana opposite to Park Sheraton. :)

@Mriganayani - Sure buddy.. will atleast come to eat all wat you make. They are way too tempting :)

Kanchan said...

Too good to be true !!! Awesome clicks !! As usual Loved the presentation..

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Great pics Nithya.Yummy tart:)

Krishnaveni said...

beautiful tarts, lovely...

Priya said...

luv the tarts with combo of apple and cinnamon ....sounds delicious....The click is made to picture perfect...

PS said...

i appreciate your patience for making us this tart from scratch. your passion for photography is so magical and always brings out a perfect treat for eyes..

banu said...

Wow amazing photo shoot.I havent tasted tarts,but after seeing your post I must try this one...

simply.food said...

Beautiful clicks .Tarts look scrumpticious.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Nithya, please grab an award from my blog :)

AdukalaVishesham said...

love your tart.. looks perfect...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Perfect looking tart. Nice presentation....

Padhu said...

Tart looks awesome and I like the apple on the cinnamon cart picture

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow!!!!!!!
gorgeous clicks dear....
tart's look very cute and
:-)

RUBY said...

WONDERFUL BLOG...AMAZING PICS...U R A GENIUS Nithya....GREAT JOB!

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Kumudha said...

Great blog!

Thanks for sharing so many yummy vegan and vegetarian recipes.

欣邱儀 said...

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Lav said...

hey nithya first time here....photographs are amazing....a wonderful write up too :) following u

Lavanya

www.lavsblog.com

Leena said...

Perfect tarts,I love the lil ones,they are very cute..

sanjeeta kk said...

Lovely clicks and an equally tempting recipe.

Parita said...

Delicious tarts dear, lovely!

rpcooks said...

I just love the Apple ! I tried baking, but then decided to stick with buying it.. During my initial German days, Apfeltasche (apple puf) used to be my breakfast !!
A here is a quick recipe.. peel apples, cut, put into pressure cooker, add just little water, a little sugar and cinnamon powder. Cook well and smash the apples into a paste. Its called Apfelmus. Use it as a dip in just anything spicy, best with cutlets. Heaven !!
I have just about read all your posts. Fantastic is a small word! and the pics, class !! keep them coming !

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Nicely presented, apple tarts are delicious one with cinnamon smells very festive and christmassy!!!

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