AndyTalk: The Anatomy of a Tart, Or, I'm Not a Lazy Cook, I Just Don't Want to Go to the Store
Making do with ingredients on hand is often the inspiration for what turn out to be my favorite recipes. In addition to apples, I have both granulated and confectioner's sugar, butter, brandy, and pretzels. That's really not enough for a pie, but it is more than enough to make an apple tart .
Specifically, I had the ingredients to make what I'm now calling an Apple Tart with a Sweet Pretzel Crust.
The crust for a tart needs to be as good as a cookie. Since the layer of fruit on most tarts is relatively thin, the crust is half of the dessert. The pretzels I cobbled together with butter and sugar made a killer crust. In Minnesota I think they'd call it a "keeper." It had the crumbly consistency of a good graham cracker crust, but it also had salt.
The apples are tossed in melted butter and then tossed again in 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar with a little ground nutmeg.
Press the dough into the tart pan, and then sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
I love it when an off-the-cuff recipe exceeds my expectations. When the recipe is an apple tart, the good feeling is accompanied by a kitchen smelling of sweet of success.
Andy Broder is the chef/owner of AndyFood, A Culinary Studio.