TWD: A Tourtely Apple Tart

Mini Tourtley Apple Tart

by Holly on April 19, 2011

I think it is fairly well documented here that I am not a fan of baked apples. I think it is actually pretty funny that this tart appealed to me so much then. In fact, my friend Natalie and I were just discussing apple pies the other day and we are both firmly in the ‘wish it was thinner, less filling, more crust and flavor’ camp. It should come as no surprise then that I was thrilled when I finally found a minute to read through this week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie, chosen by Jeanette of The Whimsical Cupcake for the Tourtley Apple Tart… because that is exactly what it is.

A flavorful almond cookie dough serves as the tart crust, which is then filled with a soft, not-too-thick layer of well cooked, caramelized and lightly spiced apples (Jonagold in this case for me). Finally an apple ‘pie’ tart I can get behind. While I’m sure it would be delicious with some ice cream I just ate mine a little warm all by its lonesome and was very delightfully surprised to find that, sometimes, I do like baked apples. Go figure. Leave it to Dorie to teach me that lesson 😉

Going in I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to be a fan or not and decided to just make two little 4-inch tarts using a single recipe of the tart dough (just to economize on ingredients, even though I already know how much I love that sweet tart dough with nuts!) and a half recipe of the filling. I used the almonds in the crust and the filling, skipped the raisins (no surprise there!), and opted for a little sea salt, cinnamon, fresh nutmeg and an extra splash of vanilla in the apple filling. I also allowed my apples to cook down just a little more because I wanted the texture to be much softer than a regular pie filling and didn’t mind if the apples were pretty well mashed. I also didn’t read the directions as carefully as I should have because I never covered my pan of apples. I just stirred it around on low, which meant that my apples really caramelized quite a bit (which I loved!) but I also had to add almost twice the amount of water to get the right consistency.

The next time I’m called on to make an apple pie for anyone (especially if I’ll be having dessert too) this is the way to go!  Be sure to check the Tuesdays with Dorie blog for more versions of the tart – I know that several people were switching out fruits so I’m sure there are a lot of fun ideas out there today!

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Cakelaw April 19, 2011 at 1:19 am

So glad that you tried this and liked it. Your tart looks great!

Nicole April 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

I made minis too. I love baked apples, probably my favorite, but I used pears this time. They were so good! I think this recipe was a big winner.

Camille ~ Make It Work Mom April 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Holly, could you just box up about a dozen of those and ship them south to me? great! thanks! 🙂

Tamra Watson April 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Mmmmm, that looks incredible! Fowers Fruit Farmers sells local apples at the Indoor Farmers Market on State Street in Salt Lake City–I’m sure those apples, combined with this recipe would definitely be a party for my tastebuds :).

Jessica April 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I can see how this recipe could turn someone on to baked apples…although I love them anyway! Your little tart is adorable.

Spike April 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I’m not a huge fan of baked apples, especially when the weather is warming up too, so I skipped it. After reading your post, I think this one I’ll have to try in the fall!

Sherry April 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I could totally see it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! I’m glad you have found a way to enjoyed baked apples, too.

AmyRuth April 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Hi Holly,
I think your perfect sized tarts are in keeping with this time of year. I’m thinking cooking the apples a little longer is a good thing for this tart. Nice smooth top.

Jennifer H April 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

This is a very good looking tart. I am bookmarking to try it sometime.

Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) April 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I love baked apples and apple pie, but I’m sure I’d love this too. It looks amazing. Love the new look!

Margaret May 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

This was pretty tasty. I used pecans instead of almonds and it was quite tasty.

Pretty tart!!

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