- In a bowl, scrape the butter into small pieces, then, whilst slowly adding the flour, press and mix the ingredients to make a crumble mixture.
- Once it’s crumbly, add the icing sugar and happy egg yolks and mix through to bind the mixture loosely. If the mixture will not bind together, add 1 tsp of cold water and continue to mix. Only add 1 tsp of water at a time and never more than 4 tsp of water in total.
- Place the pastry on a piece of clingfilm, wrap tightly, then roll into a sausage shape and place in the fridge for 60 minutes.
- On a floured surface, roll-out the pastry to a thickness of a £1 coin. Gently place the pastry in a floured tart tin and mould it into the corners with your fingers; don’t tidy the edges yet because the pastry will shrink when it is baked.
- Prick with a fork all over, to stop it from rising and place in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 8 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, check for any holes or cracks and patch them with your spare pastry. Allow the tart to cool for 5 minutes, glaze it with the beaten egg white to seal the base of the tart and place back in the oven for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the oven, and trim the edges with a sharp knife.
- To make the filling, peel, core and slice wedges from the apples, cook in a warm pan with 50g of caster sugar until lightly caramelised, put aside.
- Make the butterscotch sauce by placing 100g caster sugar in a saucepan and heating while gently stirring until it becomes caramel coloured. Remove from the heat and carefully add the butter, stirring until it becomes a thick paste. Then, slowly add 50ml cream, mixing until it is the consistency of double cream; if the mixture doesn’t combine well, heat gently.
- Make the custard by whisking together the happy eggs, happy egg yolks, 50g caster sugar, 150ml cream, milk and salt. Whisk until it is smooth and fully combined.
- Turn the oven down to 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1. Pour the custard into the tart base, place the apple slices on top of the custard and drizzle with about half of the butterscotch sauce.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check it’s cooked by lightly shaking the tin, the mixture should be firm but still a bit wobbly, like a jelly.
- To serve, use the remaining butterscotch to decorate the plate and drizzle over the slices of tart.
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A lovely sweet tart idea that can make use of the finest apples of the season
100g salted butter, kept cold in the fridge 200g plain flour 50g icing sugar 3 egg yolks (keep the egg whites for glazing the pastry) Cold water, as needed Filling: 2 green apples, Granny Smiths (if in season) 200g caster sugar 50g butter 150ml milk 200ml double cream 2 eggs 2 egg yolks Pinch of salt
Time: 30 minutes Serves: 8 Nutrition: n/a