One of the joys of fall cooking is the abundance of apples. Local apples abound in Missoula for the next month or two: Macintosh, Transparents, Ruby Reds, Sweet Sixteens, Pink Ladys, and Honey Crisp to name a few. Apples, of course, are well suited for sauce, cider, and pie. One of my favorite apple dishes is the tart recipe below. Simple and tasty, the tart makes a wonderful finish to any autumn dinner or the perfect breakfast treat.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Ingredients for crust:
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup butter
1 egg, beaten
Ingredients for apple filling:
2 lbs (4-5 larges) apples – any variety will do and a mix of varieties works well
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons sugar
½ cup raisins, dried cherries, or dried cranberries
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, chilled and diced
Mix the flour, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter. Once the flour and butter resembles fine crumbs, add the beaten egg. Mix only until the dough begins to stick together. If the dough is too dry, add drops of water until it holds together. Place in a sheet of wax paper, press together lightly, and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
While the tart crust dough is chilling, make the apple filling. Quarter and core the apples. You may leave the peel on the apples. Coarsely grate the apples then mix with the cinnamon, sugar, and dried fruit.