ALICE WATER'S APPLE TART

Up next is a quite simple apple tart or galette if you feel like going free form. It is a little time consuming but the results are beautiful and delicious. It really makes the apple a star and it is not too sweet. To make it more fall like, I sprinkled cinnamon all over the apples with the sugar. I also served it warm with vanilla ice cream and I drizzled the leftover apple glaze over the ice cream. It's like an intense apple honey. I also made this tart with pears (sans cinnamon) and Hello Amazing! If you're short for time, you can use pre-made pie dough, it saves time but you won't have the delicious light buttery and flaky dough as you would homemade. It really is a thing of beauty!

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Alice Water's Apple Tart
Dough: 

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, just softened, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 3 1/2 tablespoons chilled water

Filling: 
2 pounds apples (Golden Delicious or another tart, firm variety), peeled, cored (save peels and cores), and sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
5 tablespoons sugar

Glaze:
1/2 cup sugar

Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl; add 2 tablespoons of the butter. Blend in a mixer until dough resembles coarse cornmeal. Add remaining butter; mix until biggest pieces look like large peas.

Dribble in water, stir, then dribble in more, until dough just holds together. Toss with hands, letting it fall through fingers, until it’s ropeywith some dry patches. If dry patches predominate, add another tablespoon water. Keep tossing until you can roll dough into a ball. Flatten into a 4-inch-thick disk; refrigerate. After at least 30 minutes, remove; let soften so it’s malleable but still cold. Smooth cracks at edges. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 14-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. Dust excess flour from both sides with a dry pastry brush. Place dough in a lightly greased 9-inch round tart pan, or simply on a parchment-lined baking sheet if you wish to go free-form, orgalette-style with it. Heat oven to 400 degrees. (If you have a pizza stone, place it in the center of the rack.)

Overlap apples on dough in a ring 2 inches from edge if going galette-style, or up to the sides if using the tart pan. Continue inward until you reach the center. Fold any dough hanging over pan back onto itself; crimp edges at 1-inch intervals.

Brush melted butter over apples and onto dough edge. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over dough edge and the other 3 tablespoons over apples. (I only used about 3 tablespoons, 5 would have been nuts! So 1 tb over the crust, and the rest over the apples. It was also organic sugar so the crystals have a larger more raw appearance. I also added cinnamon at this stage for a yummy cinnamon/apple taste).

Bake in center of oven until apples are soft, with browned edges, and crust has caramelized to a dark golden brown (about 45 minutes), making sure to rotate tart every 15 minutes.

Make glaze: Put reserved peels and cores in a large saucepan, along with sugar. Pour in just enough water to cover; simmer for 25 minutes. Strain syrup through cheesecloth.

Remove tart from oven, and slide off parchment onto cooling rack. Let cool at least 15 minutes.

Brush glaze over apples in the tart, slice, and serve. The glaze gives the tart a beautiful glossy appearance.

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