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French Fridays with Dorie: Crispy Crackly Apple Almond Tart

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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44 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Crispy Crackly Apple Almond Tart

  1. Liz October 12, 2012 at 06:37 #

    So beautiful with the thin slice of red peel!!! What a great Thanksgiving dessert…glad the timing was perfect for your holiday, Mardi!

  2. Adriana October 12, 2012 at 06:54 #

    I love how the red pops up! Apples and butter are always a winner for me – I went the easy way out and chose the bonne idée, but will definitely try the real version once ‘real’ fall apples make their way to Puerto Rico. Happy Friday!

  3. Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry October 12, 2012 at 07:04 #

    Apples and almond..yumm! Definitely have to make this this fall! I have just found your blog, but I bookmarked it!

  4. Cher October 12, 2012 at 08:02 #

    I love the pop of color from the apple skins :-) Looks like a perfect holiday dessert.
    Have a great weekend, Mardi.

  5. Pamela October 12, 2012 at 09:41 #

    I am sure this still taste yummy! Have a good weekend!

  6. Ann Mah October 12, 2012 at 10:03 #

    I love the combination of almonds and apples — and the red skin on the fruit is a lovely dash of color. Happy Thanksgiving, Mardi!

  7. Denise October 12, 2012 at 10:44 #

    Happy belated Thanksgiving. I am sure it was wildly delicious at your home. I have to say I am a fan of desserts that aren’t perfect. They are more peasant or rustic like, which I prefer to look at, instead of the “Oh I am a gorgeous puffy tart, look at me”. I think your tart is beautiful and I am sure it was delicious!

  8. Rose October 12, 2012 at 13:39 #

    Happy Thanksgiving! I bet this would be a great turkey day dessert. Last year I made Dorie’s French Apple Cake for thanksgiving and it was a big hit. And I agree that this one tasted much better than it looked. We loved it!

  9. Sara October 12, 2012 at 13:55 #

    Oooh, I love the unpeeled apples too! I hestitated to do it with mine, and now I wish I had. It always seems a shame to me to let the peel go to waste. I think it’s a beautiful tart!

  10. Dessert By Candy October 12, 2012 at 15:20 #

    I love how you left the peel on the apples for that little sliver of colour! Your tart looks gorgeous despite what you thought. ;) I think I may try to glaze mine with lemon marmalade next time.

  11. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 12, 2012 at 15:49 #

    The apple skins make your tart even more stunning! I like that it can be heated in the microwave, though I think it was good at room tº. A perfect celebration dessert! Have a great weekend!

  12. Mary Hirsch October 12, 2012 at 19:08 #

    Happy Thanksgiving, a little late. I agree with you about this dessert. It doesn’t look particularly pretty or even that good to eat BUT when you bite into it, warm or room temperature, it is delicious. Mardi, I was silly to share this dessert with others because it was so good, as you suggested, for every meal as well as a perfect snack. By the way, I tried last night to find Knorr’s “What’s For Dinner Cookbook (it is in book form, isn’t it) but could not find it to order. I really like Knorr products but I guess I will have to settle for linking on to their website every so often. Liked your Post about them.

  13. Margaret October 13, 2012 at 01:35 #

    Apple and almond sandwich. GREAT idea!!

  14. Elaine October 13, 2012 at 13:05 #

    Happy belated Thanksgiving, Mardi! What a perfect dessert to serve for Thanksgiving. I think your tart is so beautiful especially with the little bits of marmalade. The red skins on the slices just pop and along with the bits of marmalade give this tart such a lovely color.

  15. Maria October 13, 2012 at 18:45 #

    Beautiful tart I like the colour of the apples and the “bits” :) It was a very nice recipe and the almond cream was a revelation!!!!

  16. Paula October 13, 2012 at 21:00 #

    Love your shout out to your Mom to make this for your Dad! If she’s like me and sees your photos here in this post she is going to be craving a slice for sure.

  17. Alicia October 14, 2012 at 12:32 #

    I’ve been fondly reminiscing about this tart all week. It was delicious! A wonderful Thanksgiving dinner dessert with a French flair. And very pretty too with the pink edges on the apple slices. I heartily concur that this was a yummy success.

  18. Betsy October 14, 2012 at 21:50 #

    This looks gorgeous, Mardi! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And, I’m thrilled to know this stays crispy when reheated in the microwave. I’ve been doing it in the oven and it’s so time consuming… (I have still have a few slices left!)

  19. Pam M October 15, 2012 at 00:16 #

    The Apple Tart looks yummy. Geoff is “off ” desserts at the moment. But I could always make a smaller one, ( not too much smaller) for me! I’ve made a similar one with butter puff pastry. That was puffy and crisp. I have never used filo pastry before, I think it’s time to start

  20. Colette @ JFF! October 16, 2012 at 18:30 #

    Ohhhhhhhh, that looks so good!

  21. Teresa October 17, 2012 at 12:39 #

    Leaving the peel on was a great touch – so pretty! I think this was a great choice for a holiday meal, too.

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