..you definitely don't want to come to Texas in April. Two days running now, we've had highs in the mid-90s. Blech. It's way too early for this. I know that everything is air-conditioned here, but to be honest, I still don't want to bake when it's 91º at 7pm. Especially after having to spend time outside watering the yard. Have I mentioned that I hate anything to do with yard work? I also hate getting letters from the home owners' association because the lawn is brown. Do they know that we're in a drought? Do they know that we should be under watering restrictions, assuming we aren't already & I just haven't heard about it? Grrr.
Okay, rant off. You can't tell it's sore subject, can you? =) So on to a much more pleasant topic, this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. Jeanette of The Whimsical Cupcake picked A Tourtely Apple Tart for us to make this week. As you've probably noticed, I didn't exactly make a tart. I meant to make this recipe over the weekend with Nancy and Tracey, but ran out of time and energy. By the time Monday night rolled around, so had the aforementioned 90-degree temperatures, and there was no way I was going to have my oven on for a couple hours. So, much as I like Dorie's tart crust, the tart part went out the window.
But by this morning, I did have the time and energy to at least tackle the filling. It's a lot like making applesauce. Chunks of apple, some brown sugar, a bit of nutmeg, and a couple tablespoons of liquid get cooked together until the apples are almost soft enough to break down when pressed with a spoon. For my liquid, I got to use something from my most recent King Arthur order, Boiled Cider. I also added a big pinch of salt. I admit, I took my apples almost to the point of applesauce, and mashed them up some. After the apples are cooked (and the liquid is allowed to reduce), you mix in some browned butter and vanilla, and some raisins (and nuts, if you're into that, which I'm not). Yes, my kitchen smelled amazing this morning.
The verdict? Well, I love the filling, so now I really need to make the whole tart. =) I'll probably do it this fall, if not before, when I can try it with some of my favorite apples (not that I dislike the Macs I used today). It took me a few minutes to realize that what the filling reminds me of is baked apples, the way we made them when I was a kid. After coring the apples, we'd fill them with a mixture of raisins, brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon, held together with some butter. This filling tastes kind of like that, though better because of the browned butter. Mmm. I'll probably make just the filling again soon, and pair it with some ice cream as my friend Kayte suggested.
If you'd like to try the tart for yourself, you can find the recipe on Jeanette's blog. And to see what everyone else thought of this recipe, check out this week's Links.