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Easy Tarte aux Pommes



Add the flour, salt, sugar, and fats together in the work bowl of a food processor.*

Pulse until the mixture looks like wet sand, with pea-sized lumps here and there.

Slowly drizzle in water while running the machine until the dough forms a ball. If in doubt, add less water as opposed to more.

Turn out the dough onto the counter and press to form a disc. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

Coring Apples with Teaspoon MeasurePreheat your oven to 400ļ F. Juice your lemon and place the juice in a small bowl. Peel the apples, brushing them with lemon juice as you go to prevent discoloration.

Slice the apples in half and core them. I use a 1 tsp measure to core my apples, it works just like a melon baller would.

Donít forget to brush the insides with lemon juice, too.

Roll out your pate brisee on a sheet of parchment or wax paper. The dough should be 1/8″ thick and should be larger than your tart tin on all sides.

Invert the dough (using the parchment as support) over the center of the tart pan. If youíre making a pan-less galette, skip this step and move on to arranging the apples.

Gently work the dough into the pan and start arranging your apple slices in rings, starting at the outside and working in towards the center. It wonít really matter what it looks like once itís baked, so donít freak out about aesthetics. Just make sure to jam a bunch of apples in there, since theyíll cook down as it bakes.

The color is off, because at this point a huge thunderstorm had rolled in and messed up my lighting. The humidity and heat even wreaked the dough a little, but it still turned out just fine! If your dough gets too warm it may break apart (like mine did), but just mend it and soldier on. You wonít notice after itís baked.

Once the apples are all in there, coat the top with the sugar and spices. Fold over the edges of the dough towards the center (they wonít cover the top completelyĖI donít have a picture of this step because by this time the storm was so bad I couldnít photograph anything at all).

Brush the entire tarte with melted Earth Balance and sprinkle with more sugar. Pour any leftover earth balance over the apples.

Bake at 400ļ F for 45-55 minutes, or until the tarte is golden brown and the apples have color on them. Glaze with warmed jam. Let cool most of the way before slicing.

*A food processor isnít required, it just makes your job a lot easier. If mixing by hand, be sure to work the fat all they way into the dough before adding the water.