Granny Smith Apple and Brown Butter Custard Tart


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Why I Love This Recipe

Browned butter is showcased here in this dessert by pastry chef Kate Neumann of MK, Chicago. This recipes was printed in the 2007 Food & Wine Annual Cookbook.


Ingredients You'll Need

Tart Shell:
Vegetable oil spray
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg yolk, mixed with 1 Tbsp. water

Filling:
10 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
5 large Granny Smith apples (6 to 8 oz. each), peeled, cored and cut into 6 wedges each
Salt and fresh ground pepper
2 large eggs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour


Directions

Make the tart shell. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 11-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom with vegetable oil spray.


In a food processor, pulse the flour with the sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and egg yolk mixture and process just until the pastry comes together. Turn the pastry out onto a work surface and knead 2 or 3 times. Press the pastry evenly into the tart pan and refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.


Line the tart shell with parchment paper and fill loosely with pie weights (or beans). Bake for about 35 minutes, until the edge is set. Remove the parchment and pie weights and bake for about 20 minutes longer, until the tart shell is lightly browned all over.


Meanwhile, make the filling. In a very large skillet, melt 2 Tbsp. of the butter. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, cook over high heat until just brown. Add the apples, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until caramelized, 12 minutes.


In a small saucepan, cook the remaining stick of butter over medium heat until the milk solids brown and the butter is fragrant, about 7 minutes. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar until thick and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the flour and 1/4 tsp. of salt, then beat in the browned butter, scraping the milk solids into the custard mixture.


Pour the custard into the shell and arrange the apples in a single layer of slightly overlapping circles. Bake the tart in the lower third of the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until the custard is puffed and richly browned. Transfer to a rack and cool before serving


Questions, Comments & Reviews


These are soooooo good... I made a double batch so I could have 8 4-inch tartlets to take to work... It appears I should have made a quadruple batch!! Everyone went absolutely insane over them... I think next time I will experiment with comice pears... I wonder how carmelized pineapple would be?


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