Friday, November 23, 2012

Brown Butter Apple Tart

Known by pastry chefs as beurre noisette (hazelnut butter), is what makes this Brown Butter Apple Tart so delicious.  This custardy fall dessert works best with firm, tart apples.  Be sure to begin the dough one day ahead.  The crust recipe makes enough for two, freeze the second one airtight for up to three months, or use it for a pumpkin or pecan pie.

1 refrigerated pie crust, defrosted
11" tart pan


4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3 firm, tart apples (Pink Lady or Braeburn) peeled, cored and cut into 1/4" slices.

Place pie crust in tart pan.  Prick bottom and sides and bake as directed.
Let cool.
Adjust oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
Whisk eggs and sugar in a medium bowl just to blend.  

Brown Butter 101

Let butter cool for 10 minutes.
Don't try to do anything else while you brown butter.  It can burn in an instant!

Slowly whisk brown butter into egg mixture; add vanilla, flour and salt.
Line tart shell with apples.
Don't be a perfectionist!  The tart looks prettiest when the apples are scattered.
Pour filling over apples.

Bake until apples are deep golden brown and filling is puffed and set in center.
Let cool on a wire rack about 2 hours.  Serve warm or at room temperature.
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  1. Oh boy that looks good! Hope you had a great T-Day Patti:@)

  2. This is a beautiful tart and I'm definitely drawn in by the brown butter. I have no doubt it smells amazing while baking. Thank you for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo--god to have you!

  3. I am really trying to work up the courage to try making a tart like that. Looks gorgeous!

    I would love for you to share with my readers at Mealtime Monday!


  4. Found you via Flour Me with Love's mix it up mondays and I have to say your recipe is a winner! I can't wait to give it a try! :)

  5. Hi, I'm stopping by from See Ya In The Gumbo. Your apple tart looks so gorgeous and delicious! I love eating apple tart and apple pie! And a slice of this of would be lovely with a warm cup of tea!

  6. Patti, I'll never be able to lose weight with recipes like this incredible apple tart! But what the heck . . . I'd dig in anyway!

  7. Beautiful looking tart!
    I like to make my own dough, but the filling sounds great
    I can almost smell the aroma of this tart.... :)

  8. You're being featured at Mealtime Monday tonight! I can't wait to see what you link up this week!


  9. This tart is so amazing I can smell the apples and taste the crispness of the top layer. I would love if you would share this on foodie friday today. It's really spectacular.

  10. Looks delicious! Visiting from Foodie Friday :) I'm hosting a link-up this weekend, too, if you'd care to join: I hope to see you there, have a great weekend!!

  11. oh my this looks yummy :) My hubby would love this so much, thanks for sharing

  12. this sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie friends friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

  13. Looks like the perfect dessert for me. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  14. Congrats, your recipe is being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button, and thank you again for sharing your recipe with us.

  15. Another delicious looking treat! Thank you again for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday!

  16. Gorgeous Patti-- thanks for posting on the Holiday party!


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