The old saying goes, “there is nothing more American than apple pie”,
but I am here to tell you that it was actually a delicious slice of Irish apple tart that won me over in the infamous apple pie department.
I was never a big fan of apple pie--preferred creamier or berrier versions, so when my mother-in-law offered me a slice on that fateful autumn afternoon,
I hesitated, then thought to myself hmmm, I wouldn’t want to seem contrary, would I?
And so it goes, that was the first day of my 6+ year love affair with the Irish apple tart.
Now, this isn’t just any ordinary tart.
It uses the age-old tradition of baking using an ordinary flat plate as opposed to the deep pie dish that we are accustomed to in the USA.
If you had told me before I moved here that it was possible to bake a pie on a plate, I would have had a good chuckle.
But here in Ireland, it’s pretty common practice….I’ve had it with a cup of tea in more than a few locations.
Find yourself an oven-proof plate and bake this pie. I promise it will make you very happy.
Irish Apple Tart on a Plate To make the pastry:
(Enough for two tart cases)
550g (3.5 cups plain flour)
120g (generous 2/3 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
320g (scant 1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter
pinch of salt
2 egg yolks
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
Put the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl,
cut the butter into pieces and work it into the flour with your fingertips.
Now make a well in the middle of the flour-and-butter mixture and add the egg, egg yolks and vanilla extract.
Stir with a fork to incorporate the flour evenly until you have to begin using your hand.
Using one hand only, bring the dry and wet ingreients together (this might take more time in the winter)
On a floured worksurface, knead the dough for a few minutes then roll into 1/4-1/2 inch thickness
For the apple filling
2 1/2 to 3 cups of thinly sliced apples
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tsp of cinnamon
a squeeze of one lemon
1 tbsp of grated fresh ginger
Mix everything together and let sit for 30 minutes
Heat oven to 180 c / 350 F
Place bottom pastry onto plate
Fill with apples
Place top of pastry case over apple filling
Bake for about one hour
Serve with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream