CLASSIC APPLE TART

1 recipe pâte brisée
3 to 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, quartered and sliced
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons apricot jam
1 tablespoon water


 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roll out the pâte brisée dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12 to 15-inch circle (or another form depending on the shape of your pan). Transfer to a 9 to 10-inch tart dish and press the dough on the bottom and sides.

Overlap the apple slices on the dough. Sprinkle the apples with sugar, and dot them with butter pieces. Bake until the apples are golden and the dough crusty, 45 to 55 minutes.

Remove the tart from the oven. Bring the apricot jam and water to a boil over medium heat in a small saucepan. Brush the apple slices with the diluted apricot jam. Serve at room temperature or warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Makes 1 large tart

 

GLUTEN-FREE FRUIT TART

The crust
1.5 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
2 tablespoons unrefined brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg white
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons ice cold water

The pastry cream
1 ¼ cups milk
2 large egg yolks
2.5 tablespoons agave or maple syrup
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

The fruit
16 ounces raspberries or other fresh fruit sliced

The glaze
2 tablespoons warm light honey

Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting (optional)

 


 

The crust

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 5 seconds. Add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Add the egg white. Mix the vanilla extract to the water and pour it in the food processor a little at a time, pulsing until the dough appears moist enough to stick together. Transfer the dough to a bowl and form it into a ball. Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 1 hour before use.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let the dough warm up at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before stretching it. Sprinkle the dough with a little bit of flour, place it between two sheets of parchment paper and roll it out into a 12-inch circle. Carefully transfer the dough to the tart pan(s).

If filling your tart immediately, bake it for 30 to 40 minutes.

If filling your tart at the end with pastry cream and fresh fruit (as in the picture above), pre-bake (blind bake) the crust. Lightly pierce the base of the molded dough with a fork in several areas. Place parchment paper or foil on it and weigh it down with dried beans, lentils or rice. Bake it for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the parchment and bean weights and bake it for another 5 minutes. Let it cool completely before filling it.

The filling

To make the pastry cream, heat the milk in a saucepan, but do not boil it. Place the yolks, cornstarch and agave or maple syrup in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk until smooth. Add the warm milk to the egg mixture and continue whisking until well combined. Place back in the pan over very low heat, and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens into custard. Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool.

Fill the cooled tart with the cooled pastry cream. Top it with fresh fruit. Brush the fruit with warm honey. Refrigerate the tart for 30 to 60 minutes before serving. Lightly dust it with confectioner’s sugar, if you wish.

Makes one 8-inch tart or 4 to 6 tartlets.

 

GLUTEN-FREE PIE CRUST

1.5 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
2 tablespoons unrefined brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg white
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons ice cold water


 

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 5 seconds. Add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Add the egg white. Mix the vanilla extract to the water and pour it in the food processor a little at a time, pulsing until the dough appears moist enough to stick together. Transfer the dough to a bowl and form it into a ball. Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 1 hour before use.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let the dough warm up at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before stretching it. Sprinkle the dough with a little bit of flour, place it between two sheets of parchment paper and roll it out into a 12-inch circle. Carefully transfer the dough to the tart pan(s).

If filling your tart immediately, bake it for 30 to 40 minutes.

If filling your tart at the end with pastry cream and fresh fruit , pre-bake (blind bake) the crust. Lightly pierce the base of the molded dough with a fork in several areas. Place parchment paper or foil on it and weigh it down with dried beans, lentils or rice. Bake it for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the parchment and bean weights and bake it for another 5 minutes. Let it cool completely before filling it.
Makes one 8-inch crust

 

PATE BRISEE RECIPE

2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
5 ounces butter, cut into pieces
½ cup chilled water
 


 
Combine the flour and salt in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 5 seconds. Add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Add the water a little at a time pulsing until the dough appears moist enough to stick together. Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour before use.

 
Makes one large tart or about 10 tartlets

BLACKBERRY ALMOND TORTE

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup honey or agave syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
3 eggs
1 ½ cups almond meal
1 tablespoon coconut flour or 2 tablespoons millet flour (or 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup blackberries
 


 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8-inch springform tart pan or individual tartlet pans.

In a large bowl, whisk the butter, honey or agave syrup, vanilla extract and almond extract until creamy. Whisk in the eggs. Combine the almond meal with coconut or millet flour and salt, and add to the wet mixture. Stir well to combine. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and scatter the blackberries on top, pressing them lightly in the batter. Bake until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
 
Serves 8

PECAN TORTE

2 cups shelled pecans
¼ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8-inch springform or non-stick tart pan.

In a food processor, grind the pecans to a coarse meal.

In a large bowl, combine the ground pecans with salt. Whisk in the honey, eggs and vanilla extract until well combined.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan . Bake until set and lightly browned, 25-30 minutes.

Serves 8

PEAR CHOCOLATE ALMOND TORTE

3 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup muscovado sugar
3 eggs, preferably at room temp.
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup almond meal
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 medium Bosc pears, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch slices

For the glaze
2 tablespoons warm honey


Butter an 8-inch non-stick tart pan. Place the baking rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large glass bowl in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes, at 30-second intervals.

Briskly whisk in the sugar, eggs and almond extract.

Combine the almond meal and baking powder, and whisk them into the mixture until you obtain a smooth batter.

Transfer the batter into the prepared pan. Fan out the pear slices on top.

Bake until set, for 20 minutes. Brush the pears with the warm honey glaze.

Let cool.

Serves 6

Pear chocolate amandine

WHOLE WHEAT PEAR GALETTE

For the crust
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons unrefined brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
5 ounces cold butter, cut into small pieces
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup chilled water
Egg wash

For the fruit
2 to 3 medium red pears, cored, quartered and sliced lengthwise
1 tablespoon unrefined brown sugar

For the glaze
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom


Combine the flour, salt and brown sugar in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 5 seconds. Add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Add the vanilla extract to the water and pour it in the food processor a little at a time pulsing until the dough appears moist enough to stick together. Transfer the dough to a bowl. Form the dough into a ball, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour before use.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Let the dough warm up at room temperature about 10 minutes before stretching it. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12 to 15-inch circle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle it with brown sugar. Carefully transfer the dough circle onto the parchment paper.

Overlap the pear slices on the dough, starting in the center and working your way out into a rose pattern. Stop about 2 inches from the edges. Fold the edges of the dough over the outer rim of the fruit, pleating and pinching as necessary.

Warm the ingredients for the glaze on the stove or in the microwave for 30 seconds until melted. Stir and brush the pear slices.

Brush the crust edges with egg wash. Sprinkle the whole tart (crust edges included) with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Bake until the pears are soft and the dough golden brown and crusty, 45 minutes.

Let cool slightly before enjoying.

Serves 6

whole wheat pear galette