Individual Bramley Apple Tarts
Masterchef Semi-Finalist Sarah Dugdale says “I love afternoon tea and I make these apple tarts as they are just a perfect size.”
My mom grew green beans (any variety of French beans) every summer and I was made to pick them on a regular basis. Back then I hated it as I would have much rather been playing with my friends.
Now, I have my own allotment and always grow green beans. This recipe is a great way to use up the summer gluts and can be served as a side dish or as part of a mezze.
Ingredients for the sweet shortcrust pastry
- 150g plain flour
- 75g unsalted butter
- 50g icing sugar
- 1 egg yolk
Method for the sweet shortcrust pastry
- Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
- Mix in the icing sugar and a pinch of salt followed by the egg yolk. If the pastry feels too dry to form dough, add a tablespoon of water, shape into a ball, flatten into a disc and wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
Ingredients for the apricot glaze
- 1/2 cup of apricot jam
- 1.5 tbsp of Grand Marnier (or you can use water)
Method for the apricot glaze
- Combine jam and liqueur in a saucepan and over a low heat until mostly liquid. Using a stainless steel whisk whip for about five minutes, use as it is or strain through a sieve.
Ingredients for the filling
- 2 Bramley apples
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
Method for the filling
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°c
- Roll out the pastry and divide into 12 pieces
- Roll out each piece thinly
- Cut into circles and refrigerate for 20 minutes
- Line a bun tray with the pastry, and blind bake the bottoms for 5-8mins
- Slice the apples, simmer with water and the sugar until soft
- Spoon each base with the apple puree and put a top on each tart, bake in the oven for ten mins. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Brush each tart with the apricot glaze.
- They can be served warm or cold.
A glass of fizz!
Afternoon tea should always be accompanied by a glass of fizz, so try a glass of your favourite Prosecco, Champagne or Cava!
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