One of my fondest memories of living in Chicago for many years was taking our family to the apple orchard on a crisp Fall Saturday afternoon. Our kids would run around the orchard and gather up a bushel of apples, then we would stop at the bakery and load up on taffy apples, apple slices (I think that's a pastry unique to Chicago) and fresh apple cider. For the next couple of weeks we would splurge on freshly baked apple pies and tarts, hot cider and slices of cold, crisp apples sprinkled with cinnamon.
With apple picking season approaching we put together a recipe for a quick and easy apple tart. We hope you enjoy it and create some great memories of your own.
Apple Tart (serves 8)
You will need:
• 1 package of Iveta Gourmet Apple Spice Scone Mix
• 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1/3 cup milk
• 1 egg for egg wash (optional-creates golden brown crusts)
• 5 small fresh apples
• preheat oven to 350 degrees
• peel 5 small apples and slice into thin wedges (15-20 slices per apple).
• soften 6 tablespoons of butter.
• add 6 tablespoons of softened butter and 1/3 cup of milk to Apple Spice Scone Mix. (Mix well- make sure no large chunks of butter are in the dough).
• use a floured surface and cut dough into 8 equal parts.
• form 8 flattened circles.
• brush egg wash on both sides of dough circles. Place dough on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
• bake for 10-15 minutes.
• in a sauce pan, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, the cut apples wedges and a pinch of cinnamon; saute for about 10 minutes.
• remove circles from oven; flip the circles and arrange the sauteed apple wedges on top; brush once again with egg wash and bake for another 10 minutes or until they are golden brown.
• remove from oven and serve hot with vanilla bean ice cream...yum!