Apple of my Pie

25 Oct

Apple Cinnamon Frangipane Tart

It’s Autumn, and Autumn = Apple & Cinnamon. This could be the basis of so many bakes. Here is one of my favourites – lightly poached apples surrounded by marzipanny frangipane held together in sweet sweet pastry. Yum!

Making Apple Cinnamon Frangipane Tart

Apple, cinnamon & frangipane tart
Pastry ingredients
220g plain flour
100g butter
80g icing sugar
1 large egg

Pie ingredients
3 dessert apples
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 eggs
100g ground almonds
100g caster sugar
100g butter
1tbsp flour

Method
To make the pastry; soften the butter in the food processor, then add the icing sugar & whizz until combined and pale in colour. Then whizz in the egg, and finally the flour. This is a nice soft dough, and will benefit from a bit of chilling in the fridge before you use it!

Roll out and line a large pie tin with the pastry and chill again in the fridge, for a couple of hours. Don’t worry if the pastry falls apart as you work with it. It’s quite hardy and will stick back together well!

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4, and when hot line the pastry with greaseproof paper & fill with baking beans. Bake for 7 minutes. Then remove the beans & paper and bake again for another 7 minutes. Allow the case to cool slightly.

Peel and core the apples and cut each into 8 wedges. Place in a saucepan with the cinnamon sticks & 2 tbsp caster sugar and cover with water. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat to very low and simmer for 10 minutes. You want the fruit to be just tender, but not mushy in any way. Choose a robust apple for this!

To make the frangipane whizz the remaining eggs, butter, sugar, flour & almonds in the food processor for a couple of minutes until light & fluffy.

Pour the frangipane into the pie case, and arrange the apple slices on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden on top.

You could then glaze the apple slices with some melted apricot jam. I didn’t do this, but it would give the apples a lovely sheen. You are also left with your appley, cinnamoney, sweet water that the apples were poached in. I’ll think of something we can do with that…

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2 Responses to “Apple of my Pie”

  1. wildwomanswimming October 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    That’s just about all of my favourite things in one. Mmmmmmm….

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