Sunday, September 10, 2006

Comfort me with apples

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”
Dr. Carl Sagan

I found the basis for this easy, yum and all round nice recipe in Cooking Light. I’ve had a difficult week both on the work as well as on the insomnia front, so I wasn’t going to make my own pastry, obviously. I changed it a little –the original asks you to microwave honey at full power, and that makes honey lose all its beneficial qualities.
Think of it like a very quick way to accompany your coffee with something sweet that is not going to end up on your thighs (well, not 100% of it at least), and as a way to use your apples.

Quick and Thin Apple Tart
6 servings
  • ½ package refrigerated pie dough
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 800 gr. Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 280 K, 425 F.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface, roll into a circle. Place on a tart dish. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar mixture over dough. Arrange apple slices in a circle moving towards the centre. Sprinkle apple slices with remaining sugar mixture. Bake at 280 K, 425° F for 30 minutes.
In a little cup, thin honey with one teaspoon of water. Brush honey over warm tart.

This pie was baked while listening to the Smashing Pumpkins' song "Appels and Oranjes".


Orchidea said...

I love apple pie... nice and easy recipe.

AK said...

Hi Stevi, Great quote and nice pie! I use the (presumably, Pillsbury?) crusts too and roll them out just a bit thinner, then discard the excess once it's in the pie dish. It makes a world of difference.

BTW I'm curious as to the source of honey information, enough to Google honey & microwave. I didn't find anything from a reliable source ... the one that seemed it might be reliable advocated never using a microwave for anything! I warm honey in the microwave all the time, in 10 second increments, to make it easier to pour or measure.

Stevi said...

welcome! it goes well with fresh coffee!

sorry, my mistake. i didn't mean microwaving per se destroys its beneficial qualities. Heating it to a high temperature does, whether you microwave it or boil it. I microwave my food all the time. We are busy people!
I read that it loses its healing properties if you heat it over 45 °C

Honeybee said...

Hi Stevi! I came upon your blog by chance (or luck I should say). I absoutely love it, congratulations! The pictures are beautiful and the recipes are mouthwatering - I can't wait to try the stuffed mushrooms, for instance! Funnily enough, my own blog is called beurre et pain, after a popular advertisement here in Switzerland. I'll be checking back, thanks for sharing all those great recipes!

Jo Ann said...

HI Stevi: I went home last night after work and made your apple tart right away. It was easy and oh so good. Thanks for the inspiration.

Blue Plate said...

what a lovely tart. i wanna make it when apples arrive at my local farmer's market.

Stevi said...

hi honeybee!
you left for london as i was returning. shame!

jo ann
thanks! really? wow!
i can't find a link to you.

blue plate
welcome! make it, now that you don't have much free time, it's the fastest apple pie ever.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Apples and cinnamon is surely the winning combination for comfort food, tried and tested.

Nice simple recipe, right up my street.

Jo Ann said...

Hi Stevi, Sorry I don't have a blog, but I love reading your clever blog and your recipes.

James said...

I tried the apple tart it was lovely i also tried it when family came over and was a huge hit. Thanks for the recipe.

Catherine said...

super easy - great idea!

nicole said...

What a beautiful, simple recipe! I love the quotes that you include with the recipes :-)

Anonymous said...

love apple pies.. ur tart looks absolutely fantastic