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  • Apple Tart

    My friend Paola shared this recipe with me by during an all-day cooking session in Ostuni. A lighter version of American apple pie, it works well as a midafternoon snack or a dessert after a light lunch or dinner.

    • 2 cups (473 mL) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
    • ½ cup (118 mL) sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 mL) salt
    • 7 ounces (196 g) unsalted butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1 egg yolk
    • ¾ teaspoon (3.75 mL) pure vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) lemon zest
    • 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
    • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) lemon juice

    1. In a clean mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and butter. Mix until the ingredients are combined and the mixture is crumbly.

    2. In a separate clean mixing bowl, combine the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest, and lightly beat with a fork. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat with a mixer on low speed for about 2 minutes, or until a dough forms.

    3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Dust your hands with flour and knead the dough for about 1 minute, until it is smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour (or up to 4 days). If you chill the dough for longer than 1 hour, let it warm slightly before rolling it out.

    4. Grease a tart dish. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of ¼ inch (0.5 cm) and place it in the prepared dish. Trim the excess dough off the edges and roll it into a ball. Roll the ball of leftover dough out to a thickness of ¼ inch (0.5 cm) and cut it into strips.

    5. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

    6. Arrange the apples in the tart dish. Sprinkle the apples with the brown sugar and lemon juice, and cover with a lattice of the dough strips.

    7. Bake for at least 35 minutes, or until the tart is golden brown on top.

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