|Margarita's International Recipes|
Fruit tarts are an Alsatian specialty, and this apple hazelnut one is characteristic of the Alsatian style. The butter crust is delicious and tastes like a butter-cookie. The tart itself tastes very similar to American apple pie.
Apple Hazelnut Tart
For the crust
1 cup all-purpose flower 6 tbsp. butter 2 tbsp. confectioners sugar
For the filling
3 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup sugar 7 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/3 cup coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat ovet to 425°F. Combine flour, butter and sugar in a bowl or food processor. Beat until you get fine loose crumbs. Pat them into a pie pan. Freeze 10 minutes. Bake in the oven until browned, about 8 minutes. Let cool.
In a large skillet combine butter and 1/4 cup sugar. When it starts to melt add apples. Let saute, turning until the apples soften and start to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Put apples on the curst, top with nuts and sprinkle with the remaining sugar and the cinnamon. Bake in the oven until golden, about 15 minutes.
Adapted from An Alsatian Sausage-Tasting Party