11/3/10

Easy French Tart

I love seasonal recipes. Perhaps it’s because I grew up on a tropical isle where it was always summer.
 
Now that I live on the “mainland, ” I look forward to opening my recipe binder every time the seasons change to revisit the tastes I love (Yes. I have a full 3” binder filled with recipes organized by topic. Don’t judge me.). In the Summer I make Blueberry Coffee Cake, Blackberry Limeaid, Rhubarb Custard Pie and jam galore. In the Fall, I have a few, more hearty, dishes that I love: Pumpkin Bars, Seafood Stew and apple everything.
 
 
 
One of my favorite apple recipes is a French Apple Tart recipe I acquired (and have since modified) from Cooking Light. It’s easy, quick – and will wow your dinner guests /significant other/roomie. And believe me, you’ll want to make sure someone’s around so you’re not tempted to devour the whole thing once it’s done.
 
Here’s what you’ll need:
 
1 sheet (1/2 package) Pillsbury pie dough
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2  pounds Golden Delicious apples
2  to 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
Here’s what to do:
Preheat oven to 425°. Peel, core and thinly slice apples.
Place the sheet of dough on a circular pan (pizza or cake pans work great). Combine the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sugar mixture over the dough. Arrange the apple slices in a spokelike pattern on top of the dough, working from the outside edge of the dough to the center. Sprinkle the apple slices with the remaining sugar mixture. 
 
 
Bake at 425° for 30 minutes.
 
Just before taking the tart out of the oven, combine the honey and vanilla in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 40 seconds and then brush the melted honey mixture over the tart. Serve warm. Oh la la!

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