Apple Rose Tart (For 4-6 servings)
For the tart base dough
160 gm flour
80 gm unsalted butter or margarine
60g icing sugar
20 ml vanilla essence (Robson alcohol-free brand)
For the filling
80 gm margarine
60 gm icing sugar
80 gm ground almonds
30 g flour
5 ml vanilla essence (Robson - Alcohol free brand)
5 ml almond essence (Robson - Alcohol free brand)
5 large apples
1 lime or lemon
1 liter of water
3 tablespoons of honey (optional)
*You will need a non-stick 20cm diameter tart mold (with a removable base preferably) for baking your tart ...
Step 1 (preparing your tart base dough): In a bowl add and mix your flour, salt and icing sugar. Once combined, add your margarine/ butter.
Step 2: Knead until the dry ingredients and margarine/ butter are combined (uniform pale yellow color). Then add in your vanilla and knead until you obtain a soft and non-sticky dough.
Step 3 : Using your rolling pin, flatten your dough on a piece of aluminium foil to a thickness of about 5-6mm. Then turn it upside down on your lightly greased tart mold and position accordingly !
Step 4: Remove/ cut the excess dough on your mold perimeter and do not forget to prick the base of your dough using a fork.
Step 5 (preparing your filling): In a bowl add your ground almonds, icing sugar, flour, margarine, almond and vanilla essence and mix until you get a thick uniform paste. Then add in your egg and mix until you obtain a shiny almond paste as shown below (right).
Step 6: Spread your almond mixture evenly on your tart base .
Step 7: Time for rose making ... Wash your apples, cut them into thin slices as shown below (right) and allow your slices to soak in a bowl containing water and the juice of one lime/ lemon. Once you have cut all your apples, place your bowl in the microwave on high heat for 6 minutes .
Step 8: Remove your apple slices from the microwave. Allow to cool and place 4 slices on top of each other as shown below (right). Roll in one direction while holding it between your fingers to retain its shape.
Note 1: It is the high temperature that will cause your apple slices to become flexible without breaking.
Note 2: For larger roses, add more apple slices .
Step 9: Repeat step 8 and place each rose inside your tart filling until the whole base is covered ! Then bake in a pre-heated over at 180 degrees Celsius for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 10: Out of oven ! If you are using a tart mold having a removable base, remove the base and allow to cool on a wire rack, else wait for your tart to cool a bit before removing it from your mold.
Step 11: Once cool, you may lightly top your tart with some honey (optional) for some glaze effect ...
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