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From the Archives:: French Apple Tart


As you know, sometimes I take a deep dive into my archives and find the best recipes lingering there. This is one of them. It’s my classic french apple tart recipe, and I think you’ll love it. Nothing beats an apple dessert!

Classic French Apple Tart

For the crust, you will need:
– 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
– 3 tablespoons sugar
– 6 tablespoons chilled butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces
– 1/2 cup ice water
– pinch of salt

To prepare the crust:
In a mixer, combine flour, sugar, salt and butter. Mix on medium speed until the mixture resembles crumbs. Slowly add ice water until the mixture holds together. The dough should still feel soft, not tight. Wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the fridge until you are ready to use.

For the filling, you will need:
– 4-5 peeled and evenly sliced apples, 1/4 inch thickness works well
– 3 tablespoons sugar or less depending on the sweetness of the apple you use
– 2 tablespoons butter cut into 1/2 pieces

To prepare:
Roll the tart dough on a floured surface, into an irregular shaped disk.
Fold the dough over the rolling pin, in half, and place the dough into a tart pan, quickly unrolling the disk into the pan. pat the dough into the pan gently. You will have an overhang on the edges of the pan. Using your rolling pin, roll over the edges in one motion. This action will cut the edges clean, and you are ready to add your apple slices.

In a pinwheel pattern, start on the outside of the tart and start adding apples in a circular pattern until you end up in the middle of the pan. You should have a pretty pattern, sprinkle sugar on top of the apples, and dot with the butter all over the top of the apples.

Place tart in a 375-degree oven and bake for 1 hour, checking regularly.
Remove from the oven, let cool and remove from the tart pan.

xx Annette

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Blueberry Lemonade

Meet Igor Josifovic, the face and mind behind Happy Interior Blog. Based in Munich, Germany, he scouts everything that inspires his “happy home.” Interior Design, home decoration and inspiring travels are the source of his ongoing happiness. His aesthetic preferences are widespread – he loves anything from vibrant colors, ethnic inspirations to monochromatic coolness. All this is spiced up with a tad of his perky personality and there you go. A good inspirational cocktail is served on a daily basis for his readers!

Autumn is slowly kicking in in Germany. We still enjoy warm days but the nights are getting crisp. With the foliage setting in, I am reconsidering my home styling too. I love to play with warm colors that are placed in a serene grey setting. Currently I am thinking of a balmy combination of soothing grays and warm purple colors. This made me think of one of my favorite berries that is still so present on our local markets: the blueberry. Hence, my cocktail idea was born: Let’s keep a bit of the summer freshness and visually play with autumn colors with a yummy ‘Blueberry Lemonade’. Here is my version of this cocktail:

Blueberry Lemonade

  • 1.35 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz blueberry syrup
  • sparkling water to fill up
  • blueberry ice cubes
  • thyme twig

    Shake the vodka and lime juice and pour it into a long drink glass with added blueberry ice cubes. For the blueberry ice cubes simply put a blueberry into your ice cube tray, add water and let it freeze over night. Add a bit of blueberry syrup for color and sweetness and decorate with a fresh thyme twig for an aromatic twist to the cocktail. Hello autumn!

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