Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tarta De Manzanas - Apple Pie

When I was a little girl growing up - we lived by the maxim "an apple a day...."! My brother and I would open up our lunch boxes every day and see a fresh new apple ready for little lunch or we'd get home and munch on an apple before dinner... There were always various apple type treats about as well. I was reminded of one on my recent trip to Argentina when my Aunty Llemy made a wonderful tea cake and we got to try it straight out of the oven! It was so delicious - it actually didn't last more than 4 hours sitting on the table, every one who wandered by would take a piece... or two! It's so light and easy to make, I'm sure it will become a household favourite!

Tarta de Manzana










Ingredients


  • 250g of self raising flour
  • 125g of butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 100g of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 3-4 large red apples sliced in half-moon shapes
  • black or brown sugar



Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees


In a bowl chop the butter into small chunks. Hand beat the eggs until well mixed and put in with the chunks of butter. Add the flour and mix wth your hands, breaking down the chunks of butter. Add the sugar and vanilla essence to the mix. Mix until it becomes a dough - if you need some more moisture to unite all the ingredients, slowly add water until you get a dough like consistency.


In a well lined long baking dish (can use a round mould) spread the dough, leaving a good 1-2 cm base spread across the baking dish. Cover the dough with the apple slices until completely covered. Sprinkle liberally with black sugar (my Aunt actually uses black sugar - which can be found in Asian stores here, but haven't found it easy to find in supermarket shelves so you can substitute brown sugar)... Chop a few chunks of butter and sprinkle over the apple halves.

Place in oven for 40 minutes until dough is brown.

Enjoy warm from the oven or with a nice scoop of ice cream!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!
Leticia




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