While thumbing through the book, this apple tart recipe caught my eye, so I bookmarked it with the handy built-in ribbon bookmark. Fancy!
It seemed simple enough - a tart crust, apples, apricot preserves and powdered sugar. And mostly it was simple. Except for the crust. Well, the crust seemed simple, until I tried to move it to the tart pan. It fell into at least a hundred pieces, all over the kitchen counter.
I gathered the crust fragments and re-rolled them. I veeerrrry gently lifted the crust onto the rolling pin using a lefse stick, but when I moved it over to the pan, the crust broke apart again. I would guess it was more like fifty pieces this time, so Pollyanna might call that progress. I, on the other hand, broke out the "magic words" and proceeded to just mash the broken pieces together in the pan (while still muttering some magic words). I didn't even try to make a lattice top - I just cut the top crust into 2" strips and placed them on the top in something slightly resembling a pattern. Slightly.
The recipe wasn't terribly clear on how to place the apples in the crust, so I stood them on edge as best I could. I had three large Granny Smith apples and was able to get almost all of the slices into the crust. I only had a ten ounce jar of preserves (the 100% fruit type), but that seemed to be a good amount for the tart.
I was afraid that it would be tough after being rolled a second time, but miraculously, the crust ended up being tender and tasty and the combination of apples and apricots is fantastic. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
Vincent Price's Crostata di Mele (Apple Tart) (Printable recipe)
from A Treasury of Great Recipes by Mary and Vincent Price (1965)Ingredients
- 1-1/4 cup flour
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 stick butter, sliced
- 2 egg yolks
- pinch of salt
- grated rind of one lemon
- 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 12 ounces apricot preserves
- powdered sugar for garnish