Tart Aux Pommes

Tart Aux Pommes

We’re breaking out the fine china for this photo!! It doesn’t get used much. A tart is a dish baked in a pastry crust that can be sweet or savory. It is usually topless and the possibilities are only limited by the creative spirit of the cook.

I first learned about Tarte aux Pommes while living in Europe as a teenager. Until then all I knew about was the traditional apple pie. At first I didn’t know what to make about this topless dessert. My doubts soon evaporated when I took the first bite. What I bit into was a piece of heaven. The smell, the sweetness, the soft texture. I wanted more. I wanted to know what other tarts I could taste. I had fallen in love.

Tarte aux Pommes is your everyday traditional apple tart sold in nearly every patisserie( pastry shop) in France. The ingredients are simple as its preparation technique.  I prefer this dessert over apple pie, but that is just my taste. For this particular recipe, we used a shortbread crust. My husband and I find that the caramelizing of the short bread crust adds a new dimension to the taste and texture of this old-time French favorite. The glazing of the tart with apricot jelly certainly adds visual appeal to the dessert. Although it might be tempting to reach for that vanilla ice cream, I would skip it.  The taste of this tart is amazing, just by itself. I do however recommend a nice cup of coffee or tea, and a couple of friends to share with.

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