Fall is here! Fall is here! This is by far my most favorite season. The season of blazers, warm scarves, and just the right amount of chill in the air. The season of Fall foliage (I’m from the northeast… it’s what we do), and the satisfying crunch of leaves underfoot. The season of apples! From warm apple cider, to apple tarts, to just eating them plain. This time of year it’s all about apple variety. Honeycrisps are my absolute favorite, but I also try to snatch up some Mcintoshs, Pink Ladies, and Fujis.
Even an all year staple like the tart green Granny Smith is somehow sweeter and crisper this time of year. The Granny Smith is my favorite when it comes to baking. I know I know… that’s a cop out… but it’s true. You just can’t beat it. And the apple knows what it’s doing. It retains its shape, the tartness somehow always compliments the sweetness of whatever I’m baking it with, and I haven’t found a better companion for caramel sauce yet.
Now as many of you know, I’m a lover of chocolate. But what you may not know is that I’m also a huge fan of pies and tarts. Especially when they involve apples, peaches or pears. Pairing a warm apple tart with some vanilla bean ice cream… oh goodness… love it. Hah, of course if you’ve read about my continued disasters with tart shells (until I found this recipe that is), you know that doughs are not my specialty. But, that’s why this recipe is so fantastic.
Now I’m a huge fan of ‘make from scratch’, but I’m also a fan of short cuts if you just don’t have the time. As some who works full time (like 10-hours-a-day-not-including-commute type of full time), has an incredibly active 17 month old, and is still crazy enough to try and maintain a food blog, time is scarce. And precious. So, though I absolutely love the idea of making my own puff pastry, I’ve honestly never made it. I tend to just buy the frozen packs, and favor the full butter brands if available. It’s as good as homemade honestly, so why not? A premade dough, some apples, a bit of sugar and cinnamon, and you’ve got a tart ready to go in a few minutes. Perfect for an instant dessert when a craving strikes, or when friends decide to drop in, or (in my case) impress my parents or in laws with my fancy baking skills hah.
Now for my exciting announcement! I’ve been asked to become a food blogging contributor to a great lifestyle blog called WinnieDetwaLand. Twice a month, you’ll find me posting the same awesomeness you find here on Baking Part Time, on Winnie’s site. For the full recipe from this post visit Rustic French Apple Tart, and to check out some of Winnie’s other awesome posts, just visit her blog. Happy baking!