I am from Delaware.
No longer a state unknown by many in the good old U S of A, even though it was the first, now the state known across the globe for yet another crazy women running for a political position. I’m young and admittedly idealistic (meaning I’d like to assume anyone who wants to can become anything they want) but when did politics become such a joke. When your ad campaign starts with the like “I am not a witch,” you shouldn’t even be acknowledged for any political position where the undereducated over opinionated decisions you make effect the lives of good hardworking people. When did political races become less about who is more slimy and more like “who ever says the most ridiculous thing” get the media attention.
That being said, go out and rock the vote!
Now, back to the food.
Apple Cider and Maple Cream Tart
from Bon Appetit October 2010
- 1 1/4 cups AP flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/3 teas kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, diced
For the Filling:
- 1/2 gallon fresh apple cider or cold-pressed apple juice
- 1/2 cup maple sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 teas kosher salt
- 1/8 teas freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 drops imitations maple extract
Blend flour, powdered sugar and course salt in processor for 5 seconds. Add butter and blend until dough comes out together in moist clumps. Gather dough into a ball. Press dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Cover and chill for at least one hour and up to 2 days.
Preheat oven to 375F. Bake chilled crust uncovered 10 minutes. Using back of fork, press bottom of crust to flatten (be careful not to pierce the crust). Continue to bake until crust is deep golden brown, pressing again if bottom of crust puffs, 16 to 18 minutes longer. Cool completely.
Bring apple cider to a rolling boil in a large pot over medium heat. Boil until bubbling thickly an reduced to a generous 3/4 cup, stirring occasionally, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and cool. This can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.
Grind maple sugar to powder in spice mill, blender, or mini processor. Transfer powdered maple sugar to 4 cup measuring glass, add cream, eggs, 1/4 teas salt, nutmeg, extract and 3/4 cup cooled cider reduction and whisk until blended well.
Place tart pan with crust on baking sheet; set on rack in oven. Pour in filling. Bake tart until filling is puffed and cracked around edges and gently set in center, about 33 minutes. Transfer tart to rack and cool to room temperature, 1 to 2 hours.
Push up bottom, releasing tart. Cut tart into wedges and serve with Maple-Cranberry compote and whipped cream, if desired.
Hate to say it people but I searched high and low for maple extract only to find it sitting on the big box store we love to hate shelves. I am actually rather impressed with the baking isle there as I watch the amount of organic and other more natural options taking up more and more shelf space. Who doesn’t love getting a bargain while cooking better?
What we did different:
This tart was made in the kitchen of a friend. He added a little water to the dough to help it form into a ball. We didn’t have maple sugar so we substituted brown sugar instead. We ate it without a compote or whipped cream (just a little powdered sugar) and it was delicious.