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A Harvest of Apples

Beautiful apples newly picked from a big wild orchard in Massachusetts over the weekend.

The air was crisp, the sun warm on our faces. We filled a bag of apples so big,

that it took two of us to carry it out of the orchard. I have been baking tarts and pies ever since.




Here is a favorite (and easy to make) French Tart recipe that everyone loves.


French Pastry Shop Tart


For the crust

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup of flour


For the cream filling

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg


For the top

3 apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup slivered almonds


How to make


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F


In a large bowl, make the crust by creaming the butter and the sugar.

Add the vanilla and mix in the flour a bit at a time until it makes a smooth dough.

Press the dough evenly into a tart pan (8 inch pan with a one inch rim).

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden.


While the tart shell is in the oven, make the filling by beating together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg until very smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, toss the thinly sliced apples with the cinnamon, sugar and slivered almonds, and set aside.


Remove the tart shell from the oven. Pour the cream filling inside the shell and arrange the slices of apple on top. Scatter the almonds over the apples. Bake until the apples are tender and golden - about 40 minutes.


Happy Autumn!




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Taken on October 21, 2011