20 October 2010

Apple Tart

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A few weeks ago my mom came home with these amazing apples that were given to her from a friend. They were exceptionally large at least for me as I'm used to eating fujis, granny smiths, which are on the small-medium side. When I asked what kind they were, my mom said that her friend referred to them as "Apple Crisps", but not the dessert of course. I'd never heard of them before, so I decided to google them, with zero luck. I searched through different types of apples on google images and finally found them under the name Honeycrisp, not Apple Crisp haha...very close though!!

No matter what it's called, I have to say they're my new favorite type of apples. They're extremely juicy and firm, which I prefer over the softer creamier apples. I love that it's very tart, but has that honey sweetness that just creates the perfect balance. I also noticed that it retains its color very well after being sliced and stored. Being that they're so large, I could only eat half of the apple at one time, so I rubbed some vinegar on the meat of the other half, stored in a ziploc bag in the fridge and the next day, they barely had turned brown!!

Unfortunately, honeycrisps are hard to come by. They're under the Plant Patent Act and can only be grown and cultivated by those licensed by the state of Minnesota where it was first grown.

One things for sure, they're amazing to bake with.

I hope that you try this recipe sometime!,

- 1 ¼ cup flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tbsp salt
- 1/3 C  butter chilled (a stick & 3 tbsp)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup ice cold water

Using a food processor pulse dry ingredients until well incorporated. Add chilled butter and pulse until mixture resembles damp course sand. Add vanilla extract and ice water.

Take out of processor and by using your hands or a spatula combine until dough forms. Wrap with plastic wrap and form into a disc. Refrigerate for at least 10 mins.

Take out, place between 2 floured parchment or wax paper, roll dough out to a circular shape and about 1/8 inch thickness (the thickness of 2 quarters), then refrigerate again for 10 minutes.

create filling

- 1 honeycrisp apple sliced into wedges (any kind of apple can be used!)
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp flour
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- tsp water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small saucepan, heat up all the ingredients to create a creamy sauce. Do not cook the apples because you will bake them in the oven.

Take the apple filling and arrange in the center of the crust you've just prepared. Fold over the edges creating a circular envelop for the filling.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick or just use parchment paper. Brush with a little bit of butter, then dust some sugar (1 1/2 tsp should suffice).  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until edges of crust start to brown.

Do not overbake or else crust will become too hard! Crust is meant to be a little pale with some browning on the edges :)




  1. Ah ha! You have discovered Honeycrisp! You will wait all year long to be able to get more, believe me.. LOL Wonderful recipe!

  2. thank you! haha and noooo that makes me sad, I want more of it :D

  3. My husband loves them. Better go buy more before they are gone ;)

  4. The apples look like potatoe,hehe... I'm interested with the recipe of the crust! I definitely will try to make it soon!

  5. haha Endy. They do look like potatoes! :D


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