Recipe: Brown Butter Apple Tart

Does anyone else try to cook/bake something because those Tasty videos make it look so easy? For some reason, I’ve been wanting to make a tart for a while and decided that this was the one when I was browsing one day. Luckily, we had most of the ingredients so we just had to get some green apples.

Note: I used a smaller tart pan (about 8 inches) instead of a larger one so I had some dough and filling left over.

Serves

About 8

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Dough

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold cubed butter
  • 1/4 cup iced water

Topping

  • 2 green apples

Putting It Together

Making the dough for the crust

  1. In a food processor, mix the flour, sugar and salt. Pulse a few times to mix.
  2. Add in the cold cubed butter and pulse it a few times until you get pebble size pieces.
  3. Add in the cold water while still processing until the dough sticks together when you put it between your fingers.
  4. When the dough is ready, pour it onto some plastic wrap and wrap it up in a disc.
  5. Leave it in the fridge until it’s ready to use.

Making the filling

  1. Brown the butter – to brown the butter, melt the butter on top of medium-low heat until it’s melted and a caramel color. Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick. It will be a little foamy. In the end, it should smell a little bit sweet and nutty.
  2. Put the brown butter aside and let it cool.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt.
  4. Add the brown butter into the egg mixture and mix.
  5. Add the flour and lemon zest and mix.

Apples

  1. Slice the apples into thin even slices. I cup my apple into 16 slices.

Assembly

  1. Spray your tart pan with a little bit of oil so that your tart won’t stick when you take it out.
  2. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Lay it on top of the tart pan and press in the dough to fill the pan. Cut off any excess dough.
  4. Lay the apples on top in a spiral. If your pan is small, you can add about 2 layers. If your pan is large, you can add about 3 layers.
  5. Pour the filling on top of the apples and fill the crust until it reaches 1/4 of an inch below the top. Otherwise, it will overflow (like mine did).

Baking

  1. Bake it in the oven for 50 minutes at 350ºF.

Verdict

I wasn’t going to get my hopes up since this was my first time making a tart ever, but it actually turned out pretty well! The crust was nice and buttery and had a nice crunch, but was still soft at the same time. The filling was lightly sweetened and soft and the apples we a little sweet and not super tart considering they’re green apples. The only thing I would change is that I would peel the skin off the apples as the skin was a little tough. Overall though, it turned out pretty well. It looked okay, though a couple of the apples sunk into the filling, but at least it tasted pretty good! I would probably make this again – maybe Thanksgiving?

Some Links

Brown butter apple tart Tasty video

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