Last week for his birthday, I dropped the Mad Hausfrau flavor insanity and made for the very first time a plain apple tart for our surprise office birthday celebration.
I have had Angela's pie crust recipe from Spinach Tiger bookmarked to try for some time now. So glad I did. It was so perfect. I was intrigued by the instructions (freezing everything including food processor blade). Repeat, it was perfect. Even with only 1 teaspoon of added sugar, the result was simply delicious.
For the filling I went with a hybrid between Martha Stewart and Smitten Kitchen's recipes and instructions and improvised from there. I used Macintosh and Granny Smith apples and for spices, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg and just a hint of added lemon flavor.
Because I wanted to make this apple dish a birthday treat, I went with a tart instead of a pie so I could decorate the top with cutout letters.
Of the eight people who shared this tart, at least three declared it the best apple pie/tart they have ever had. That may be a bit over the top, but it made me rethink about going back to baking basics more often instead of standing every thing I bake upside down flavor-wise.