German Apple Tart (Apfel Tarte)

“A beautiful, easy, and delicious German tart that is not too sweet. Creme Fraiche adds a decadent and important note (no substitutions!). A recipe I often make for entertaining. Be careful to use a light hand while cutting the apple quarters so the knife does not cut all the way through the apple.”
READY IN:
2hrs 45mins
SERVES:
8-10
YIELD:
1 Tart
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Combine the ingredients for the dough until its smooth. Wrap in foil and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Peel, core, and cut the apples into quarters. With a sharp knife cut each quarter apple in its round side several times lengthwise. Don't cut the apple all the way through. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, lemon juice and Calvados or apple cider. Pour over the apples and let them marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Roll 2/3-3/4 of the dough out into a 9 inch round. Set into a 9 inch springform pan. Use the rest of the dough to create a small edge along the inner walls of the form. Using a fork punch tiny holes into the bottom of the unbaked crust. Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes. Place the apples in a sieve or colander. Make sure to catch the escaping juice in a small bowl. Combine this juice with the Creme Fraiche and stir until smooth and consistent.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the baked crust. Arrange the partially sliced apple quarters on the crust round side facing upwards. Pour the Creme Fraiche mixture over the apples. Bake at 350° F for 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with chopped almonds or nuts if desired. Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream,sweet Creme Fraiche, or plain.
  4. Variations: substitute fresh peaches or pears. Instead of calvados or apple cider use peach or pear schnapps.

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