You see the apple tart? It is the rather delicious result of an amusing story. A couple nights ago, J and I went out for dinner with a few of his friends. Though we left the restaurant feeling stuffed, we reverted to J's house to have dessert, a really great apple pie baked by S's wife. When we got into the kitchen to split the gluttony, J's mom was just finishing up her dinner. We did our thing and went out, to the living room to chill. Little did we know that J's mom was also eyeing a piece of pie, which S's wife failed to offer her. I couldn't offer cuz it wasn't like it was my pie. Anyhow, J's dad mentioned it casually the following morning how his mom could only savour the cinnamon scent and not the pie.
Since S wife's tactlessness left J's mom "tartless", I decided to make one
to suck up. Based on this recipe, it was rather painless but here are some of my comments:
1) The tart crust recipe was not easy to roll out so clever me piled it onto the removable tart base, rolled out from there and then use my fingers to finish the job around the rim. (I had a handful left from the recipe.) Then I left it in the fridge while I prepared the filling and topping.
2) The topping also did not form meal-like crumbs. But it was my fault for letting the butter soften to room temperature so I ended up with a mixture that was really sticky, cookie-like-dough. Not a problem; I just sprinkled the entire bowl of dough all around the tart so the resulting tart looks like a double crusted pie except the top crust was a surprise cookie crust!
I decided to substitute part of the brown sugar with molassses so the dough turned out to be darker than I would have liked. Also, I halved the about of hazelnuts asked for because I do not have enough. But I strongly recommend the original amount to add the nice bit of crunch.
3) I used red apples, so I totally skipped the sugar in the filling. Turned out to be just nice; complementary to the sweet sugar topping.
I am quite happy with the results. Tart crust could still be thinner but it helps that it was like a nice buttery biscuit so you can also enjoy it on its own. Now only if J's mom likes it too.