Baking

Cranberry Apple Pastry Tarts


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This Christmas-y tart is so easy and so good! It uses frozen puff pastry, high quality cranberry sauce, fresh apples and fresh cranberries.

It's a unique holiday dessert and the cranberries add a semi-tart twist to traditional apple pie.  I used store-bought puff pastry which is so buttery and good. Oh, and it's easy!! Making puff pastry from scratch is not child's play, but this tart is!

Cranberry and Apple Pastry Tart

Makes 2, Serves 8 in all

Ingredients

1 box of prepared puff pastry dough

4 tablespoons high-quality cranberry sauce

3 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

1/4 cup fresh cranberries

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces

1 egg lightly beaten

sugar, for sprinkling (coarse sugar preferred)

Method

Thaw out the puff pastry dough overnight. Preheat the oven to 425 F.  Roll out the dough to a large rectangle. Cut in half to form two equal squares. Prick all over with a fork. Transfer the dough to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Place the peeled and sliced apples in a bowl with fresh cranberries. Stir in the sugar and coat the apples and cranberries with the sugar.

Spread two tablespoons of high-quality cranberry sauce in the center of each square. Add the sugar-coated apples and cranberries to the center of each square. Dot the tops of the fruit with the butter.

Add one teaspoon of water to the egg and whisk until combined. Brush the egg wash over the exposed dough. Fold the dough over the fruit, leaving the center of the fruit exposed. Brush the egg wash over the dough. Generously sprinkle with sugar. Freeze for ten minutes.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake for another 25 minutes until browned and bubbly. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes. Slice and serve immediately with ice cream.

Apple Pie Video Recipe

I had such a great time making this pie and this video! My friends Angela and Sophia helped out and peeled apples for me. Making an apple pie is as easy as... pie! I hope this video de-mystifies how  to make this American classic. You can make your own crust, or you can buy ready-made crust. Either way, your pie will be delicious, and the only thing you'll need to enjoy it is your family and friends. (Vanilla ice cream wouldn't hurt either!)  Video filmed by the amazing Angeline Quintilla!

Apple Pie with Lattice Crust

Apple Pie with Lattice Crust

Apple Pie with Lattice Crust Recipe

Ingredients

CRUST

2 1/2 cups (350 g) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon (5g) salt
2 1/2 sticks (280 g) unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
6-8 tablespoons cold water

FILLING

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons heavy cream
demerara sugar (or white sugar), for sprinkling

Method

CRUST*

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse twice to mix. Add the butter. Pulse until no dry flour remains and dough just begins to collect in clumps, about 25 short pulses. Sprinkle in the water and continue to pulse until the dough starts to come together.

Remove the dough from the food processor and divide in half.  (The dough will be sticky, but it will firm up once it cools.) Shape each half into a four-inch disc. Wrap each half in plastic and refrigerate for at least two hours, or overnight.

*You This recipe makes enough dough for a double crust pie (top crust and bottom crust). However, if you want your lattice strips to be close together, you will need additional pie dough.

APPLE PIE

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll one disc of dough into a 12-inch round that's 1/8-inch thick. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside in the refrigerator.

In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, spices, lemon juice, and salt. Mix until combined. Pour into lined pie plate. Add the two tablespoons of unsalted butter on top.

Roll second disc of dough. If making a lattice crust, cut the dough into strips and layer it on top of the apple mixture. Seal the pie edges by crimping the crust with the tines of a fork. Place the pie in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Remove the pie from the refrigerator. Using a pastry brush, brush heavy cream over the crust. Sprinkle the crust with demerra sugar. Place the pie on a baking sheet, and bake until the crust is golden and the juices in the center of the pie are bubbling over, 45 to 60 minutes. Cool for 1 hour before serving and sharing with friends.

Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Apple Pie