Here is my go-to dessert recipe when time is short and the occasion calls for a fresh home-baked dessert. Classic Apple Cinnamon Tart (Classique Tarte Fine aux Pommes et Cannelle). It’s fast to make, and the result is scrumptious, light, and each mouthful is “totalement rempli” (totally filled!) with apples, apples, and more sweet soft apples. An apple tart might last us two days at most. And when the last bite has been eaten, I have been known to make another one to replace the one that dissapeared…
Allez, hop! Let’s make this thing.
You’ll need: apples (the sweeter the better, think Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, etc) unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, and pie dough. I know, I know, I should be making my own…one of these days I’ll get around to that. But today we’ll just have to content will the store-bought variety. My favorite brand is Marie – it’s buttery and melts in your mouth. I definitely prefer it to Herta, the competitor here in France.
Use a Glass Pie Plate like this Pyrex one if you’ll be serving your pie immediately after baking it, to ensure it stays warm through the meal and until dessert time. Glass pans keep heat much longer than metal ones.
Cut all of the apples into chunky sections, and place on top of the uncooked pie crust. You can arrange them in a stylish circular fashion, or you can just plop them all in. I did a combination of the two. Sprinkle sugar over the apples and then a few shakes of cinnamon and then distribute the vanilla sugar packet evenly over the apples. Then cut a bunch of unsalted butter pieces and place them over the apples, like so:
Bake at 205 C (400F) for 40 minutes, until the crust is nice and brown. Lower the heat after 30 minutes if you think the apples are burning.
Enjoy for dessert with a small spoon of natural vanilla ice cream (opt for natural full-fat vanilla ice cream with 5 or less ingredients like Breyer’s or Haagen Dazs) or even for a sweet week-end breakfast with your coffee or tea (without the ice cream of course!)
Once you make your apple cinnamon tart, your home will have a gorgeous cinnamon smell wafting through it. If your honey is out and you want to surprise him when he gets back, now you’ve got a little idea to put a smile on his face when he walks in the door 🙂