Apple & homemade Lemon curd tarts recipe
Sugar paste (sugar pastry) recipe
140 g sifted plain flour
60 g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
110 g butter or margarine
1 medium egg
4 drops vanilla essence
Get a bowl, cream together the sugar, egg, and vanilla essence, next blend in your fat, finally slowly add a bit at a time your sifted flour and mix well. Now put in fridge covered in cling film to firm up.
Preheat your oven to 220c/392f
Take your paste out of fridge and Grease a deep for 6 tart trays, and place to one side, roll out your sugar paste on some flour, and fill each deep space in the tray with paste, next put to one side, and roll out six tart tops. Now we need to make fresh lemon curd.
Lemon curd recipe
1 large egg yolk
80 g caster sugar
80 g butter
The juice & zest of one small lemon
I love this recipe, we simply need to cream the egg yolk and sugar in a small plastic bowl with a wooden spoon, next add the butter and lemon juice as well as the zest.
Now we boil some water in a saucepan, when the water is boiling, we need to lower the heat to a very slow simmer. Next we need to float our bowl of ingredients in it, so be careful, now with a whisk; we whisk the mixture for at least 20 to 30 minutes until it finally thickens. Place in the fridge for a while.
200 g Brambly cooking apples
15 g caster sugar
10 g butter
1 tsp powdered cinnamon
First wash and peel and core your apples, now cut hem up into at least quarters, place in a saucepan, add the sugar and the butter and cinnamon, cover with water so apple is just covered.
Let this simmer until you can easily make a puree out of it using a wooden spoon, pour off any excess water, and mix to a puree.
Allow to cool, and then chill in a fridge until required.
Now take your tartlet tray , and place at least a tspn of fresh lemon curd in the bottom of each tart, then fill to the top with your freshly made apple filling, place a sugar paste top on each, prick a hole in each, sprinkle each with some caster sugar.
Now bake for around 10 to 15 minutes
Enjoy Chef Mike Darracott