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    Deconstructed apple tart

    • Vegetarian
    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 30 minutes
    • Cooking time: 1 hour
    • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Serves: 8

    Ingredients

    320g puff pastry sheet
    25g unsalted butter
    50g caster sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    6 pink lady apples, peeled and cut into wedges
    1 tbsp icing sugar
    250ml vanilla custard
    500ml vanilla ice cream

    COULIS
    ¼ large lemon, zest and juice
    150g raspberries
    2 tsp icing sugar

    CRUMBLE
    40g plain flour
    40g demerara sugar
    40g unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
    40g ground almonds

    • 150g raspberries • 2 tsp icing sugar CRUMBLE • 40g plain flour • 40g demerara sugar • 40g unsalted butter, cubed and chil...

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Unroll the pastry, place on a baking sheet and prick all over with a fork. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until risen and golden; set aside.

    2. Turn the oven up to 190°C, gas mark 5. Rub together the crumble ingredients until you have a rough texture. Spread out on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, put the coulis ingredients in a pan and warm over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved. Cool a little, then blend and strain through a sieve; set aside.

    3. Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the sugar and cinnamon. Add the apples and fry for 8-10 minutes, until golden and just tender. Set aside and keep warm.

    4. Preheat the grill to high. Roughly cut the pastry into 16 squares, dust with icing sugar and grill for 1-2 minutes. Divide the apples between 8 plates, then spoon over some of the custard and coulis. Top with two squares of pastry and a scattering of the crumble. Add a spoonful of ice cream and dust with icing sugar, if liked. 

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, December 2017 issue. Download the Waitrose Food app for the full issue

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