Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
A lovely fall treat.
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 cup almond meal
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1⁄8-1⁄4 cup ice water
- 5 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- To make Frangipane: Cream the sugar and butter.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Add the almond meal and flour and beat until it forms a smooth paste.
- Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate.
- To make the Pate Brisee: In a food processor, place the flour, salt, and sugar and process until combined.
- Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Pour 1/8 cup water in a slow, steady stream through the feed tube until the pastry just holds together when pinched. Add remaining water, if necessary.
- Do not process more than about 30 seconds.
- Turn the pastry out onto your work surface, gather it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about one hour.
- Once the pastry has chilled sufficiently, place on a lightly floured surface.
- Roll the pastry into a 13 inch circle.
- Lift and turn the dough when rolling so it does not stick to the counter. If it gets too soft and starts to fall apart when rolling, put dough back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up. Transfer the circle to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap, and return it to the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
- Remove the chilled pastry from the refrigerator and spread the frangipane evenly over the dough, leaving a 2 inch border.
- Cover and return to the refrigerator while you prepare the apples.
- To Assemble Tart: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Arrange the apple slices evenly over the frangipane layer, again leaving a 2 inch border.
- Fold the 2 inch border of pastry up and over the apples, seal any cracks, and brush the pastry crust with the melted butter.
- Pour any leftover butter over the apples.
- Sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of sugar over the crust and apples.
- Bake the tart for 50 to 60 minutes or until the apples are cooked and the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or softly whipped cream.