For this recipe the choices of the apples is very important. For the compote (stewed apples) I found that the variety “Pink ladies “is excellent. For the apples covering this delicious tarte you have to, as much as possible, use some organic apples as we are keeping the skin to make sure that they is no shrinkage of the apples as they are cooking.
Let’s get cooking!
For 6-8 people
- Prep Time : 50 minutes
- Cook Time : 45 minutes
1/ In your pot at a low to medium heat throw your butter, apples (peeled and cut in chunks), sugar and the vanilla pod, do not worry about being able to cut it perfectly in half, do you best scrap it and put the all vanilla pod in. Stir the compote until it start to render water turn down the heat cover and let it stew for 5-10mn or until the apples are cooked and let it cool down for 5mn, take the vanilla pod out, then with a fork or in a blender (if you want the compote to be very smooth) mash the apples into a compote.
2/ Roll out the pastry in your pastry case prick it lightly with a fork then spread the compote but, the most important is to taste our compote, making sure that it is as sweet or bitter, depending on your taste, as you like it.
3/ Now make sure that you have a kind of a slicer, personally I use the one who is incorporated in my grater, the blade in the middle works magic for slicing apples thinly as we want for this tarte. So now let's cut all of our apple in quarter taking the pips out and slicing them. Place those slices on the tarte starting with the outer circle of your case and then gradually converging back to the centre, sprinkle with sugar and in the oven for 40-45mn or until the apples are golden and cooked. Sprinkle one last time with sugar once cooked and out of the oven, Voilá a beautiful French apple tarte.