Yield: 1 x 8 inch tart
A classic French Tart is a beautiful thing. I first fell in love with tarts, like truly developed an affinity for them, when I was in my early 20s (before culinary school) watching food network TV all winter. Specifically French Food at Home with Laura Calder. Her cooking style had a pretty big impact on me. It was for me visually stunning, and at the time exactly the type of food I was really wanting to make in my own kitchen. There was a comfort to her food but also an elegance. I own all or most of her cookbooks and she goes into detail about tart bases in at least 2 of them. Different recipes for creamy tarts, fruit tarts, and galettes. Some you press in the tart pan in pieces, others you want to roll out with your rolling pin. Mix your dough by hand, or in a food processor. So, I guess all of this is what runs through my mind when I think about any kind of French Tart.
Even though how I eat has changed as far as what I consume, everything I love about making and eating tarts is possible. I just had a slice of this vegan apple tart, alongside a scoop of "So Delicious" (the name doesn't lie!) Cashew Caramel Ice cream. It doesn't taste vegan. It just tastes damn good.
The only thing I want to try to improve this tart, is some kind of wash to keep the bottom crust crisp. The edges keep their texture, but the bottom does soften a bit. Typically, you'd brush on some egg white to seal the crust, I thought about using aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas and is often used as an eggwhite substitute for things like making vegan meringues) but I have yet to try it. I couldn't find any information online (after looking briefly) to see if anyone else has tried doing this with success. Anyway, I solved my perfect texture dilemma by sprinkling on some toasted pecans to give me the crunchiness I was craving. I still really enjoyed this apple tart regardless, and I would make it again as is. Again, caramel ice cream was perfect (or I suppose vanilla ice cream with a caramel drizzle), and pecans are a nice touch no matter how the crust turns out. Add all the delicious things!!
Recipe French Apple Tart (Vegan)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cold vegan butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup ice water
1 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce.
2/3 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp corn starch
3 apples, cored and sliced a little less than 1/4 inch thick (I didn't peel mine) (if they are smaller 3, if really large 2 would be enough)
1 tbsp vegan butter
1/4 cup sugar
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