Tarte Aux Pommes (Apple Tart)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons chilled unsalted margarine, cut into small pieces
6 tablespoons ice water
6 cups sliced peeled granny smith apple (about 2 pounds)
1/3 cup sugar or *vanilla sugar
1. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times. Add margarine; pulse 4 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor on, add ice water through food chute, processing just until combined (do not form a ball). Gently press mixture into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap; cover. Chill for 15 minutes. Slightly overlap 2 lengths of plastic wrap on a slightly damp surface. Unwrap chilled dough, still covered, into a 14-inch circle. Place dough in freezer 5 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed. Remove bottom sheets of plastic wrap. Place dough into a 10-inch tart pan, pressing dough against sides of pan and allowing it to extend over edge of pan. Remove top sheets of plastic wrap.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. Arrange half of the apple slices in the bottom of the tart pan, and sprinkle with half of the vegan sugar. Repeat the procedure with the remaining apple slices and vegan sugar. Fold the dough over the apple slices (dough will partially cover apple slices). Place pan on a baking sheet.
4. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or until apple is tender and crust is lightly browned (shield tart with foil if it becomes too brown). Cool on a wire rack.
*To make vanilla vegan sugar, simply place a split vanilla bean in a canister of vegan sugar.
Calories 249; Fat 8g