During winter time there is hardly any fruit in season but what many people always have in the house is the classic apple.I think apples are the best fruit for cake making. They are so versatile and delicious and can be used in many types of cakes and also in savoury dishes too.Over the last weekend I had some friends around and I wanted a cake to go with our afternoon tea.This tart went down very well: simple and light. I added a handful of sliced almonds to the topping which gave it a crunchy bite + it added to the flavour too.You know that in order to make a good shortcrust pastry you need to work your ingredients very quickly to avoid overheating the pastry. And to do so it will help to mix up the ingredients with a fork first and to use your hands only in the end to combine them together and turn them into a ball.
For the topping:
- On your working top put the flour, the egg, the sugar, vanilla extract and salt and stir the ingredients in well
- Add the cold diced butter and with a fork mix it in well with the other ingredients.
- Then working with your hands combine the ingredients well together and make them into a ball. If it feels sticky on your hands put it in the fridge for 30 minutes wrapped in cling film. Then flatten the pastry with a rolling pin
- Lay the pastry on a round baking tray and pinch it all over with a fork
- Spread a tbsp of jam all over the bottom of the tart
- Peel and finally slice the apples, mix them up with a a tbsp of lemon and a tbsp of sugar and lay them nicely onto the pastry
- Now spread the flaked almonds all over the apples and cook the tart at 200C for 25-30 minutes until the pastry at the edge looks nice and golden.
- Make the gelatin and pour it over the apples. Let it rest until the gelatin has settled and cooled down before serving.