Oh my. This dessert for French Fridays with Dorie was much anticipated. And it happened to coincide with Canadian Thanksgiving – could there be a better dessert for Thanksgiving for a non-pumpkin pie-loving baker than this – layers of filo pastry (with butter and sugar – mmmm!) topped with almond pastry cream and crunchy apples baked until it’s crispy underneath and the apples are just soft? I was very excited to make this Crispy Crackly Apple Almond Tart (p 458).
It felt a bit weird cooking it with the apples uncovered and when it came out of the oven, both Mr Neil and I were a little disappointed. It didn’t look amazing – in fact, it looked kinda dry 🙁 I coated it, per Dorie’s instructions, with some jam/ marmalade and it looked slightly better (and no, I didn’t strain the marmalade – hence the “bits”. I figured that we would be eating dessert when it was much darker anyway 😉 ) I was still a bit worried about it. The layers of filo (which had been so easy to work with – I was surprised) were kind of flat and thin. I had expected them to be puffy and lovely.
Despite not looking as lovely as I had hoped, this was, in fact, a stunning dessert. SO unusual to be crispy and crackly and soft all at the same time. It was perfect at room temperature then even more perfect the next day zapped in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off. It didn’t even go soggy! With the – err – larger slices, we folded them in half so it was a lovely apple-almond sandwich.
Neil and I both remarked that this is the type of thing you might get in a French pâtisserie (though you would get a better looking one for sure!) but it just screamed “France”. Mum – I KNOW you have the book. You HAVE to make this for Dad 😉
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