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The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking
This is a recipe for using up windfalls at harvest time, as long as the variety of apples you grow are well-flavoured, with a sweet/tart taste, and will keep their shape when baked.


Posted by Ebury Publishing Published See Ebury Publishing's 80 projects » © 2020 Linda Collister / Ebury Press · Reproduced with permission. · Taken from The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking by Linda Collister published by BBC Books
  • Step 1

    To make the pastry, sift the flour, salt and sugar into a mixing
    bowl. Add the pieces of butter and toss in the flour so they
    are lightly coated, then gently rub the butter into the flour until
    the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add the egg yolk and water
    and stir into the crumbs with a round-bladed knife to make a
    firm dough. If there are dry crumbs, work in more cold water
    a teaspoon at a time. Shape the dough into a flat disc, wrap
    in clingfilm and chill for 20 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured worktop to a large
    circle about 32cm across and use to line the flan tin. Leave the excess pastry hanging over
    the rim. Prick the base with a fork, then chill for 15 minutes.
    Meanwhile, heat your oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5.

  • Step 3

    Carefully neaten the pastry rim, trimming off the excess
    pastry. Line the case with greaseproof paper, fill with baking
    beans and bake blind in the heated oven for 12–15 minutes
    until the pastry is set and firm. Remove the paper and beans,
    then return to the oven and bake for a further 5 minutes until
    the pastry is crisp and lightly coloured.

  • Step 4

    Set the flan tin on a heatproof surface. Put the baking sheet
    into the oven to heat up, and reduce the oven temperature to
    180°C/350°F/gas 4.

  • Step 5

    While the pastry case cools, peel and quarter the apples.
    Cut out the cores, then cut the apples into very thin slices.
    Arrange the apple slices, slightly overlapping, in the cooled
    pastry case, starting from the edge and working round in neat
    concentric circles. Make sure the pastry case is completely
    filled to the top, with no gaps, and the top layer looks pretty.

  • Step 6

    Measure the cream in a jug. Add the egg, sugar and brandy
    (or vanilla) and mix well until smooth. Slowly pour this mixture
    evenly over the apples, letting it seep through the layers.

  • Step 7

    Set the flan tin on the heated baking sheet in the oven and
    bake for about 35 minutes until the custard is just set when
    you jiggle the tart and the apples are a golden colour. Set the
    tin on a wire rack and quickly brush the top of the tart with
    apricot jam or glaze to give a glossy sheen. Carefully unmould
    the tart and leave to cool. Eat warm or at room temperature.

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