this week's tuesdays with dorie/baking with julia challenge is hosted by gaye of laws of the kitchen and the participants baked the french apple tart found on pages 379-381. to view the full recipe, visit gaye's blog or be kind and buy a copy of the book, baking with julia; it is worth every penny!
the recipe makes a 9" tart which was just too much for two people. first thing on the list was to make a quarter of the pie dough recipe. lurking in a bowl in the dining room was a group of apples left from thanksgiving; embarrassing isn't it. further inspections yielded a bag of fourelle pears (from the same holiday) living in the produce drawer in the fridge. needless to say, i had plenty of fruit to make the recipe!
to keep it simple, i used mini pie pans rather than tart pans. the quarter sized batch of pie dough made 4 pie shells. i prebaked them all and froze two for another day. my favorite baking trick is to use a coffee filter to line the pie shell and then use glass marbles for weights.
the prebaked pie shells were filled with the mashed, roasted apples.
the pears were peeled and sliced thin.
tuesdays with dorie page to see how the rest of the bakers made out.