There is something magical about this apple tart. It has the power to bring people together. It welcomes guests into my home with its nutty, sweet scent and deeply satisfies with silky layers of tender apple and golden, flaky crust. It’s rustic appearance and flaws are forgiven after one bite. And… It has a habit of disappearing…quickly, much like the holiday season itself. But for that reason, I desire even more to wallow in it.
I want to give thanks for every lovely ritual and morsel that crosses my lips and passes through my kitchen this season. Herb and butter rubbed and roasted turkey, the perfect roast potatoes, cornbread dressing, citrus studded cranberry sauce, creamed corn, sautéed collard greens, and this tart. I want them all. I especially want to give reverence to the dishes that show up only once a year. I want to revel in communion, the intimacy we participate in as we break bread around the table. I want people to enjoy this holiday of festive and guiltless overindulging, which is a celebration of living!
Last Thanksgiving after all the leftovers had been safely stashed in the fridge, I remember standing barefoot at the kitchen sink, one elbow deep in suds and the other hand quietly brushing away crumbs from my lips, which were the only remnants left from a piece of apple tart I had hidden under a bag of kale in the fridge. (This felt a sliver selfish. Just a sliver.) But I recall the distinct feeling of being expectant for a season, and now, standing in the hearth of the home, the kitchen, and feeling full in every sense of the word. That’s something to be grateful for.
So I hope your holiday plans are going well, your kitchen smells lovely and you are wallowing in the season! And I hope you plan on making this Brown Butter Apple Tart, which is one of the many dishes I brought to the Endless Table from Reynolds Kitchens. You can find this recipe over on Reynolds Kitchens along with countless recipes for Thanksgiving from lovely, inspiring friends!
Brown Butter Apple Tart
Note: I love serving this tart at the end of a heavy meal. Its light, flaky and deeply satisfying. Drizzle with Sea Salt Caramel if you desire!
For the crust:
1¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes, chilled
½ cup cold water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ cup ice cubes
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour and salt. Add the cold butter to the flour mixture. On low speed, combine all of the ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse sand. Make sure there are no pieces of butter larger than the size of a pea, and do not over blend.
In a small bowl combine cold water, vinegar and ice.
Tablespoon by tablespoon, add the ice water mixture to the flour and butter mixture, mixing in between additions. Add the water until the dough comes together into a ball. The dough should be smooth, not be sticky or crumbly. Shape into a disk. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to three days.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ vanilla bean pod, split lengthwise, seeds only
2 medium-sized apples, sliced 1/8-inch thick
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
Preheat oven to 425oF
In a small skillet over a low heat, add the butter and allow it to slowly melt and becomes lightly brown and nutty. Take off the heat and add vanilla seeds to the browned butter.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12×12-inch square. Place the crust on a rimmed baking sheet fitted with a piece of foil.
Arrange the apple slices onto the prepared crust in rows, fanning slightly as you go, making sure to leave a 1-inch border around the edges. Brush with the vanilla-infused brown butter. Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Fold up the edges of the tart over the sides of the apples, pressing down on at the edges. Brush the sides of the tart with the egg wash. Refrigerate the tart for 30 minutes.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Rotate, decreasing the oven temperature to 375oF and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown around the edges. Slice into 4 generous slices and serve.
13 replies on “FEELING FULL ON THANKSGIVING”
That looks so incredible!
Thanks so much!
So beautiful! Looks delicious!!
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This is the kind of pie I would find mysef going for seconds and thirds and whatever until it was all gone… and then dreading putting on my skinny jeans…
I can’t be left alone with this tart! It’s one of those desserts where there are no leftovers!
Gorgeous, just looking at this tart warms me up! I’m excited to try this, I thought it an especially interesting idea to use apple cider vinegar in the crust – I’ve never seen that before. What type of apples would you recommend for this recipe?
Thanks so much! I recommend Honey Crisp when they are available, but Golden Delicious and Fuji work great as well!
This pie is beautiful, it looks so delicate. I love that is so light and loaded with apples.
Thanks so much for the sweet words! I love this dessert after a heavy, holiday meal!
The images of the dish just looks so amazing.. Before learning this recipe, I only liked to have the apple as fruit. But this is so delicious and healthy!!! Thanks for this one….
Wow, this look so good! Lovely.
I have this is the oven. I used Kerrygold butter. I needed a third apple. I peeled them and added a sprinkling of cinnamon. I could not resist doing so. It smells heavenly.