Apple Tarts

Apple Tarts

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Credit: Sylvain Marrari, Executive Pastry Chef, Chefs Club by Food and Wine, New York
The National Culinary Review, February 2016


450 grams all-purpose flour
190 grams butter, well-softened
180 grams confectioners' sugar
150 grams egg yolks
1 T. vanilla paste
100 grams unsalted butter, soft
100 grams natural almond flour
760 grams granulated sugar, divided
2 eggs
5 Honeycrisp apples, diced
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
200 grams apple cider vinegar
500 grams water
90 grams glucose syrup
70 grams lemon juice, divided
Zest of 1 lemon
175 grams yogurt
200 grams creme fraiche
310 grams cream, heated
5 grams salt
2 Honeycrisp or other firm-fleshed, sweet/tart apple


1) For sweet dough: Put flour, well-softened butter and confectioners' sugar in bowl of electric mixer; mix with paddle until blended. Add egg yolks and vanilla paste; mix just to combine. Chill until firm.

2) For almond cream: Combine soft unsalted butter, almond flour and 100 grams granulated sugar in mixer or food processor; process to a smooth paste. Add eggs in thin stream; mix again to combine. Refrigerate.

3) For apple compote: Cook diced apples with 150 grams granulated sugar, vanilla beans and vinegar over medium to low heat for approximately 30 minutes, stirring frequently until tender. Cool. Blend in food processor or use immersion blender. Refrigerate.

4) For creme fraiche sorbet: Warm water; add glucose syrup, 270 grams granulated sugar, 50 grams lemon juice and lemon zest. Boil for 3 minutes. Cool. Blend yogurt and creme fraiche. Add cooked syrup to yogurt mixture, blending to combine. Chill until cold. Process in ice cream machine.

5) For caramel sauce: Warm heavy saucepan. Put remaining 240 grams granulated sugar in pan; melt without stirring until golden-brown. Add small amount hot cream; mix and bring to a boil, adding remaining cream. Add salt; stir to dissolve. Strain mixture through fine sieve or chinois. Refrigerate.

6) For apple pearl garnish: With small melon baller, scoop apples, including skin. Place pearls in bowl of water mixed with remaining 20 grams lemon juice. Chill.

7) To assemble: Divide dough into 2 oz. portions; roll into 3-inch tart shells. Chill for 20 minutes. Spread almond cream evenly in bottom of each unbaked shell. Bake in 320°F convection oven for approximately 8 minutes. Cool. With mandoline, slice apples; roll into rose-like shapes. Pour 1 scoop apple compote into each tart shell; place "rose" on top. Bake in 360°F convection oven for approximately 14 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle confectioners' sugar over tarts. Return to oven; bake for 6 minutes.

8) To plate: Warm caramel sauce. Brush circle on each plate; place warmed tart on top of caramel. Garnish with apple pearls; add scoop of sorbet.


14 servings


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