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Simple Apple Tart and a New Year’s Giveaway!

January 1, 2009

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One of my goals for 2009 is to try a new recipe at least once a week. And what better way to start the ball rolling than with a new cookbook? I just love Donna Hay‘s books—her recipes focus on fresh ingredients, bright flavours and vibrant colour—so I picked up a copy of ‘The New Cook‘ and made this apple tart for my dad on New Year’s Eve.

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As with most Donna Hay recipes, the tart comes together easily. The subtle warmth of apples meets a buttery pastry crust for a dessert that is simple, honest, and downright delicious! A dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream provides a cool contrast for melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

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Have you set goals for the new year, food-related or otherwise? Tell me in the comments section and I’ll randomly select one reader to receive a copy of ‘The New Cook‘ by Donna Hay. It’s full of fabulous recipes to make 2009 your tastiest year yet!

Simple Apple Tart
Recipe Courtesy of ‘The New Cook‘ by Donna Hay

3 green apples, peeled, cored and chopped (any crisp baking apple will do)
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons sugar
8 oz ready made puff pastry
4 green apples, extra
1 tablespoon butter, melted
sugar for sprinkling

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine chopped apples, water, lemon rind and sugar. Cook until apples are very soft. Mash mixture with a fork until almost smooth, then let cool. Meanwhile, slice four remaining apples very thinly and evenly. Thaw pastry and open it out to create a flat surface. Spread smashed apple mixture evenly on pastry, then layer sliced apples in a pleasing arrangement. Brush the entire surface with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees until pastry is puffed and golden, about 30 minutes. Yum!