Is there anything more wholesome than a warm apple tart? This recipe has been passed down from my mother who is somewhat famous for her fabulous apple tart! We grew up working in our small family B&B and this was a daily staple for the guests. So after all of those years she is definitely classified as a professional apple tart maker! This is the perfect recipe for these cold days and the perfect lockdown pick me up. It is simple and easy for any novice baker to master! All you need is a plate, a bowl and a handful of simple every day ingredients. But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself!
After you’ve taken a bite, the whole world will look almost completely different. Things will start to change and by the time you’ve had a whole slice you’ll realise everything is going to be okay. – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, The Apple Tart of Hope
- Oven proof plate/shallow dish
- Large mixing bowl
- Rolling pin
- 175g/6oz Flour (Half plain and half self-raising)
- 85g/3oz Margarine (softened)
- 45g/1.5oz Caster Sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- 4 Large Cooking Apples
- 4 Tablespoons Sugar
- Sprinkle of Mixed Spice (optional)
- Sieve the flour into a large bowl. Rub in the margarine.
- Stir in the caster sugar.
- Add just enough water to pull together.
- Leave in fridge to sit for an hour.
- Sprinkle worktop and rolling pin with flour. Split the mixture in two – top and bottom of the tart.
- Roll out bottom half thinly so that it covers the size of the plate/dish. Line the plate with the bottom half and prod the bottom of the tart with a fork lightly.
- Peel the apples, de-core and slice thinly. Add to the tart.
- Cover the exposed apples with sugar and sprinkle with mixed spice. Don’t forget the sugar or your apple tart will be very bitter!
- Roll out the top of the tart and use it to cover the bottom.
- Pare away the excess pastry with a knife. Using your fingertip or a fork, press down the verge of the tart to seal and prevent leakages. Prod the top of the tart with a fork and cut 3 short slits on the top.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 40 minutes.
- Leave to cool on a wire tray and then serve warm with a scoop of your favourite icecream!
So are you ready to try it out? I would love to see the fruits of your labour so please be sure to share and spread the love. Have you already mastered the art of apple tart? Why not move on to perfecting my Nana’s beautiful brown bread recipe.
But most importantly…Enjoy!