26 April 2016 / 23 Comments

Cotswolds inspired APPLE TART

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Few weeks back I posted a photo of these apple tarts on my Instagram. It made everyone hungry…(So I assume :)) Since then, few people messaged me for the recipe and I thought I should share it with the world. So here it is!

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I bake this tart often because in the Lubases house we love the combination of buttery pastry and melting in the mouth apple filling spiced with our favourite vanilla. It’s our comfort food whenever we want to spoil ourselves a little.

The recipe came to life after one of our visits to the Cotswolds, one of my favourite places on the planet. Its local food always inspire me to prepare something….homely…cosy…and comforting. This time it also had to be sweet 🙂

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RECIPE:

Pastry:

  • 300 g plain flour
  • 210 g butter, cold
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons of cold water
    Sift the flour into a medium bowl, add the rest of ingredients, rub them together with your fingers and then knead to create a smooth pastry. Add some cold water and if the mixture feels too crumbly add a little bit more. Divide the pastry into two parts, one slightly bigger than the other (or 4 parts if you make two smaller tarts, again 2 parts slightly bigger),flatten the pastry into discs(it will roll better),wrap with cling film and put in the fridge for 30min -1 hour.

Apple filling:

  • 1.2 kg of apples, firm and hard
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • sugar to taste – around 6 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or seeds of 1 vanilla pod (you can add more)

Squeeze the lemon juice and pour it into a larger container. Peel the apples,remove seeds, chop and mix with lemon juice. Add sugar and vanilla seeds and cook for around 15 minutes until soft. Let it cool down.

Also:

  • 1 egg beaten for brushing

Method

Take the pastry out the fridge. Roll out the bigger part first(it’s the bottom of your pie) and line one 25cm tin or two smaller tins. Prick the pastry with a fork and fill it with apple pieces.
Now roll out a smaller part, cut into stripes(thick or thin) and arrange them on the top.

Coat with beaten egg. You can also sprinkle it with coarse brown sugar.

Bake at 190 degrees C for about 45 – 50 minutes. Remove, let it cool.

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I think I must’ve said it million times before…the world takes my breath away. I watch it every day and I cannot feel any different but be grateful to be alive. I haven’t been everywhere (it’s on my list though!) but there are places out there that I LOVE to go back to. Places I want to discover deeper. Places that make my heart beat faster. The Cotswolds is undoubtedly one of them.

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It hasn’t been called chocolate box region of England without a reason. Every village is filled with its own unique flavour, it surprises, inspires and leaves you craving for more.

It has everything I love. Calmness, serenity, warmth, relaxed atmosphere and the views so picturesque that you want to scream.

It’s so friendly and welcoming that it instantly makes you feel at home.

Not to mention how incredibly tasty it is! With all the amazing local products even the simplest dish seems to be an unforgettable experience.
I fall in love more and more with this place every time I visit it…..

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A SHORT LIST OF my FAVOURITE PLACES in the COTSWOLDS:

BROADWAY
BOURTON ON THE WATER
CASTLE COMBE
KINGHAM
CIRENCESTER
DAYLESFORD FARM

To eat:
THE WILD RABBIT
THE POTTING SHED
THE PORCH HOUSE

MY suggestion:

Get up early and see the true beauty of those places before it gets too busy 😉

 

 

23 Comments

  1. Wow… This is the first time I read your blog and this post is just so beautiful ! I can almost feel the atmosphere you’re talking about, and I love the architecture. Your food styling is amazing, I love the use of old papers, twine, vintage table… everything is so perfect ! I added your feed to my favourites so I won’t miss any future post 😉

    1. Awww!!!Thank you so much for stopping by!Your beautiful words brought a massive smile on my face 😉

    1. Hi!Thank you!Hmmm unfortunately I don’t know what would work instead of the eggs here…Sorry I can’t help!

  2. What a beautiful and inspiring post! That tart looks so delicious! I absolutely love your views on life and the world. Beautiful xx

  3. Bea, my heart is filled with sunshiny warmth upon my first visit to your blog! I became so enamored with this post that I fluttered to a few others… and each was a treat. You are a gift! Have a beautiful day. 🙂

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

  4. I am so glad your lively apple tart caught my eye. It sounds wonderful.
    I so enjoyed my trip to Cotswold through your photos. I was able to get the feel of Cotswold and see why you love it.
    This was a lovely post. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Elaine!I’m sure you will enjoy it!It’s so delicious…Ohhh and the Cotswolds, such a magical place 🙂

  5. Cześć :):) Na wstępie gratuluję cudownej strony i pięknych zdjęć. Mam pytanie dotyczące przepisu. Czy ilość masła nie jest zbyt duża? Tak się zastanawiam, gdyż chciałabym upiec to ciasto. Czy jest kruche, czy bardziej twarde?

    1. Hej Dorota!Dziekuje Ci bardzo!Przepraszam,że tak późno odpisuje.Ciasto bedzie kruche a ilość masła jest poprawna, możesz także użyć mniej 🙂

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