Apple Tarts

As I continue my experiments, this week is Apple Tarts 🙂

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tarts ready to eat ! 🙂

I am really excited with this post. Baking is one of the things I have always enjoyed, assisting mom by mixing ingredients and being the official taster, baking holds a very special place in my heart.

This post is also special because, I have finally started using my oven :). Now I know, its not a big deal to use an oven but mine was a typical problem. This new house we moved into, had this beautiful big oven but the owner’s seemed to have lost the user manual adding to that, someone had managed to scratch off all marking from the ovens surface, so there were no indications for the settings on it. Cutting the story short, it took some time before I could finally extend my experiments to the oven.

I made apple tarts and they turned out pretty good, I did use the internet to get hold of how to make them and these three site were very helpful recipe from bakeking site , recipes.sparkpeople.com and smittenkitchen.com.

Here’s what I did.

For the pastry:

  1. all-purpose flour…… 2 cups
  2. salt…………………….. 1 teaspoon
  3. sugar…………………… 1 teaspoon
  4. butter………………….. about 25 grams
  5. egg……………………… 1
  6. milk…………………….4-5 teaspoon
  • to the flour add salt and sugar
  • rub in the butter, it should be mixed well till pea-sized granules appear. the mix should be able to hold together when squeezed by had.
  • whisk the egg and milk together and then add this to the flour mix.
  • knead together the mix, making sure it all comes together in a smooth dough. It will be a bit tight but should hold together. (if you are doing by hand like i did, this will, need a lot of strength and effort.)
  • divide the dough once done and roll out into sheets about 4-6 centimeters thick. wrap with cling film and let it cool in the refrigerator.

For the filling:

  1. butter……… 1 table spoon
  2. apple………. 3-4 (peeled and cubed)
  3. blue berry… 1 cup (cut into half)
  4. cinnamon…. 1 teaspoon
  5. sugar……….. 2 table spoon
  6. lemon juice… 1/2 tea spoon
  • to a pan add the butter. once it melts add the sugar apple-blue berry pieces and cinnamon powder.
  • cover and let it cook for a while.
  • once the fruits have become tender add the lemon juice mix and keep aside to cool.

the filling before and after

Assembling the tarts:

  • Bring out the dough sheets, cut out squares for the tart shells.
  • Roll the dough squares making them thinner. Prick the sheets with a fork.
  • Place the filling to one side of the dough and fold in the other end.
  • Seal the edges by applying a little egg.
  • Also, brush the top with egg and sprinkle with a little cinnamon powder.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius.
  • Place the tarts on a baking tray and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes or till golden brown.

the tarts before and after baking

 

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