Apple and cinnamon tarte fines with cinnamon crème anglaise

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

  • 1 375gm pastry sheet (see note)
  • 3 small Granny Smith apples, unpeeled
  • 30 gm raw caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 20 gm butter
  • For dusting: pure icing sugar
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  • Cinnamon crème anglaise
  • 300 ml pouring cream
  • 100 ml milk
  • 3 cinnamon quills, coarsely broken
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 70 gm raw caster sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
01   For cinnamon crème anglaise, bring cream, milk and cinnamon quills just to the simmer over low heat. Meanwhile, whisk yolks, sugar and ground cinnamon in a bowl until pale (2-3 minutes), pour cream mixture over and whisk to combine. Return mixture to pan and stir over medium heat until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon thickly (4-5 minutes), strain through a coarse sieve and refrigerate until chilled. Makes about 500ml.
02   Preheat oven to 220C and place an oven tray in oven while it’s heating. Trim pastry to a 23cm x 26cm rectangle, place on a piece of baking paper and prick all over with a fork.
03   Thinly slice apples on a mandolin to 2mm thick and arrange over pastry, overlapping slices and leaving a 5mm border. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, scatter half over apples. Dot apples with half the butter, then transfer pastry and baking paper to heated oven tray and bake on top shelf of oven until pastry begins to brown (8-10 minutes). Scatter with remaining cinnamon sugar, dot with remaining butter and bake until apples are tender and browned on edges and pastry is dark golden and crisp (10-15 minutes). Cool slightly on tray (5 minutes), then transfer to a wire rack. Dust edges with icing sugar and serve warm with cinnamon crème anglaise.

Note We use Carême puff pastry, which comes in pre-rolled 375gm sheets. If unavailable, substitute another butter puff pastry.

Topics:

CINNAMON, DESSERT, DRINK SUGGESTION, PASTRY, WINTER, BAKING, FRENCH, APPLES

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES, LYNSEY FRYERS-HEDRICK , ALICE STOREY

Drinking Suggestion:

A MEDIUM SWEET CIDRE BOUCHÉ FROM NORMANDY. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Jul 2011

Jul 2011

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