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Wholesome Apple Tart to welcome the cooler weather!

Posted on March 31, 2013 by in baked goods

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Apple tart and cooler weather go hand in hand and this weekend we had to haul out the blankets and jerseys when cooler weather  arrived with the Easter bunny.

Apple Tart was the first thing that jumped to my mind when I saw the rain clouds gathering! Traditionally Easter in Cape Town brings about a change in the weather, not quite winter yet, but we are heading that way. With colder weather of course, comes the yearning and craving for comfort foods like stews, soups and of course warmer desserts like apple tart, Malva Pudding, rice pudding and bread and butter pudding with berries…… The addition of berries just my refusal to say goodbye to summer and her luscious fruits until next year.

Apple Tart

The thing with apple tart is this……. for me the  focus must be on apples, not the batter, not the sauce, but the fruit! Its not that I will refuse to eat all the other versions, after all you cannot look a gift horse in the mouth when it comes to desserts, but I wanted  a full-bodied apple tart! I made this apple tart once before on Kwêla and if I think about it now, I get shivers down my spine  for baking something on “live” camera that I did not rehearse before! I remember on a trip to Namibia many years ago,  I tasted a mini apple tart at the Cafe Anton in Swakopmund, oh my heavens, clearly the best apple tart I have ever tasted, because, the pastry was paper thin and focus entirely on the apples! That apple tart became my bench mark for apple tart. So, yesterday while taking a few days off in the beautiful Hermanus, the cold, rainy weather called me to the kitchen to make apple tart!

Apple Tart

This apple tart is unique in the sense that you use as many whole apples as you can fit into your tart dish.  So before you even start, take pie dish and pack it full of apples……one layer of course.

Wholesome Apple Tart

makes 1 big apple tart, enough for  8-10 people


8-10 Golden Delicious Apples – peeled and cored

100 g butter

250 ml brown or Muscavado sugar

4 cloves

2 sticks cinnamon

zest of 1 lemon

250 ml cream

pinch of salt

80  ml brandy

300 ml chopped pecan nuts

400 g puff pastry

1 egg

Apple Tart


Heat  a big heavy-based pot on the stove and melt the butter and sugar together. Add all the spices and lemon zest. Add the apples and allow to cook in the sauce, turning the apples to make sure the whole apple is coated in sauce. The apples must be cooked, but not soggy. Place the apples in your tart dish and fill the cavities  of the apples with the chopped nuts. Add the cream to the pot and allow sauce to reduce a little. Pour the sauce over the apples so that some of the sauce runs into the cavities and over. Allow to cool. Preheat oven to 180 C. Cover with the puff pastry, brush with egg wash and bake for 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Serve with cream, custard or ice cream…… Or all three, it is even better!

Apple Tart

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4 Responses to “Wholesome Apple Tart to welcome the cooler weather!”

  1. Zirkie 1 April 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Lovely apple tart! Beautiful plate!

  2. Flee 2 April 2013 at 9:08 am #

    WOW, this looks absolutely divine.. Been feeling a chill in the evenings up here in JHB, and getting super excited for Winter, hate the cold but lurve the food.

  3. Ambelene Freemantle 4 April 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    What I like about this recipe is that I think it will be great even without the pastry. I am gluten free so i am gonna love the apples

    • nerinatimm 5 April 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Yes, you are right, a drizzle of cream and it will be awesome!

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