Apple season is upon us and like the previous few years before this, I have been dreaming of it’s arrival. Something about apples and all the delicious ways to prepare them is even more exciting when you have a foreign food blog.
Honestly, like potatoes, a lot of cultures have their take and way to consume apples and today’s recipe is but one. It’s a humble recipe that doesn’t require any unusual ingredients, so I hope you have these in your cupboard and are inspired to try this, because it’s a bit addictive.
We love pastry in our house though, so it may be for that reason that it disappeared pretty swiftly. You don’t need a huge bunch of apples to make this either, only six and it’s the kind of dessert most people outside Portugal have probably never tasted, so a good way to impress friends.
Portuguese Apple Tart – Tarte de Maçã
Recipe from Easy Portuguese Recipes
6 fresh apples, peeled, quartered and cored
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons water
1 large sheet puff pastry
1 egg yolk
Greaseproof your pie dish and preheat the oven to 180C/355F.
Slice two of the apples and place in a medium saucepan with half the lemon juice, half the sugar and all the water on high heat, until the sugar has dissolved and it has formed a syrup.
Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Remove your puff pastry from the freezer to thaw slightly.
Meanwhile, slice the remaining apples into thin slices and place in a bowl with the remaining lemon juice. Set aside.
Press your slightly thawed puff pastry sheet into your prepared pie dish and spread all the cooked apples and half the syrup over the base.
Take the thinly sliced apples and layer on top until all have been spread out.
Pour the remaining syrup over the top.
Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top evenly and brush over the egg yolk.
Place in the oven to bake until the crust and apples are golden.
Remove and allow to cool until warm.
Slice and serve as is or with a little ice cream if you’re feeling like it.