Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easiest Ever Rustic Apple Tart


I will probably be away until the first of next week, and this post will be brief (just like this recipe!)  A friend of mine is giving her daughter an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party this weekend, and she has asked me to bake for the occasion.  I love all things Alice, and I'm thrilled to be asked.  I just hope I can come up with something cute before Saturday.  I have lots of ideas, but not enough time for them all!

Being short on time made me think of this recipe.  It is really easy and so delicious.  And even though it is rustic, it is still a very beautiful dessert.

If you're pie-crust-phobic, or just really short on time then you can use a ready made refrigerated pie crust. The rolled kind that comes in a box works best for me.  I have included a scratch-made pie crust recipe on the Key Ingredient card for those who are purists and would like homemade.

The apples I have on hand are from last Fall.  My mother was given a basket and she chopped them and froze them for convenient use.  I'm so glad she passed some along to me!  Fresh apples are ideal of course, but these were very good! The filling could not be more simple.  You'll toss the apples in a little cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg - that's it!


The recipe calls for an 8" skillet, but I found two little 4" skillets at a local vintage market.   I just love them!  After lining your cast iron skillet with pie crust, pile the apples in.  Make sure to pile them high in the middle.  Dot the apples with butter pats, and brush the crust with melted butter.  Sprinkle sugar all over the crust and apples.  I prefer to use large crystal sugars like white Hawaiian Cane or Turbinado.  When the sugar melts under the heat, the most divine crunchy crust is created - so don't leave this step out!
 

How can something so simple be so delicious?



Crunchy sugary goodness...mm-mmm.

Easiest Ever Rustic Apple Tart

You can use a refrigerated pie crust in place of ...

See Easiest Ever Rustic Apple Tart on Key Ingredient.


And now, back to Alice.  Here's a sneak peek at an idea I have for a cookie design.  Hopefully I'll get to post some pictures of all the party fare next week. 


Until then, I'll be down the Rabbit Hole!

36 comments:

taylor said...

that looks so yummy! sometimes the simplest desserts really are the best. can't wait to see your alice creations!

a little bit of everything said...

The apple tart looks delicious. Add some vanilla ice and yum!

Lisa said...

These look great and just what I need in Autumn with the huge box of apples that I have sitting in my kitchen. Thanks Heather :)

Gala said...

I love those mini skillets!
Can't wait to see those cookies!

April said...

I love anything mini and love these little skillets!! Can't wait to see what you come up with for the party!

cookies and cups said...

can't wait to see that cookie!
This tart look so great!

Sue Sparks said...

These little apple tarts look delicious, and I LOVE the mini skillets! I look forward to seeing your "Alice" creations!!!

Cara said...

I love the use of the little skillets here - I have some and I hop on any excuse to use them, they truly make any meal more beautiful and fun!

squirrelbread said...

how dainty and delicious-looking! always liked the homey feel of rustic pies, as well as anything served in mini cast iron skillets. great photos, too. look forward to stopping by more often.

cheers,

*heather*

Maria said...

Love your photos! What a fantastic dessert!

Cristie said...

Everything about this is wonderful. Your skillets are perfect. I'm going to try one in an 8 inch skillet. Just darling!

Maggie said...

DIdn't they have tarts at the tea party? You could use some of these for some of the food for the party!

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Crepes of Wrath said...

These are so cute and seem easy enough for me to attempt!

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen said...

Wow! I love this idea so much. What a great summer dessert! And the mini cast iron skillets are beautiful.

whisk-kid said...

Oooh!! You're going to have so much fun baking for that party!

These look delicious - I love the sugar crystals on top. I'm also extremely jealous of those cute little cast iron pans!

lostpastremembered said...

Boy that was going to be my first question.. where did you get those skillets... they are adorable! great looking dessert~

Kathy said...

I definitely agree with what you said, How can something so simple be so delicious?! and I love apples and cinnamon flavor combined. Just by looking at the pictures, I can imagine how it smells like... hmmmm delicious!

Mara... said...

Those are so cute!! The pans are just adorable, they make an amazing dessert look even more fun!!! And I love that you can make the recipe simple, something you can just throw together. Yeah for that! Good luck with your Alice cookies, can't wait to see them.

Natalie... said...

Wow this looks delicious and I love the look of your Alice cookies, good luck looking forward to seeing them :D.

Citrus Quark said...

I can't wait to try this.

Jacki & Lisa said...

I have recently found your blog -- I am in awe, and now I am also hungry! :o) I will stop by often. I am going to make the rustic apple tart next weekend. Now I just have to find those cute cast iron pans!

Ingrid said...

Love love love those tarts and mini cast iron pans! I want!!

That little girl has no idea how lucky she is to have you baking for her! What ever you make will be top notch! Bet on it!!

Kathleen said...

Heather, these are both adorable and beautiful at the same time! I can't wait to see your Alice in Wonderland goodies!

Patty said...

I love cast iron skillets (as well as easy rustic fruity baking) what a lovely idea for a tart! Bonus: a little extra iron in the diet. :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Those little apple tarts are too cute!

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to try this but either I missed or it doesn't state. How Kim and what tempature am I suppose to bake this at??

Anonymous said...

Long not Kim, weird auto correct lol

SprinkleBakes said...

Haha! Don't you just love auto-correct!?

Bake at 400 degrees. :)

Anonymous said...

14 tablespoons of butter are you for real?????

SprinkleBakes said...

True. It makes two pie crusts. Plus I never kid around about butter.

xo

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased the mini lodge frying pans in Chat. Tenn at the Lodge store. They were in the second area with minimal blemishes which do not affect cooking. I paid $5.95 each. I love doing mac and cheese too.

Tanja said...

Looks so great! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This pie is delicious. I made it with a thin crust. I had enough dough for one 9' pie and one of 4' . My boyfriend loved it, he didn't want to share.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I don't know how to find your pie crust recipe - please help :) Also, this looks AMAZING! I can't wait to try it out :) Thanks!

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