Autumn is here, and my thoughts turn to changes I will see in the upcoming Sunday farmers markets.
Apple Pie. Hers, to me, is the perfect balance of crust to fruit, sugar to spice, fork to mouth.
Lemon-Blueberry Tart. It is very short, and remains tender and, in this instance, is laced with rosemary.
leaves from one 10-inch spring fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus additional
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
2 tablespoons ice water
1½ pounds McIntosh apples (5-6 medium)
¼ cup dried currants
grated zest of 1 large orange
¼ cup flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
In a spice grinder, pulverize the 2 tablespoons sugar with the rosemary until fine; it will clump a little. Place the flour (1 cup plus 1 tablespoon), rosemary-scented sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse 12 to 15 times, or until the butter is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water all at once through the feed tube. Keep hitting the pulse button (up to 30 times) to combine, but stop the machine just before the dough becomes a solid mass. Turn the crumbly dough onto a well-floured board and form into a disk. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Flour a rolling pin and roll the pastry into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it to a baking sheet or, as I did, into a pie plate.
For the filling, peel, core, and cut the apples into eighths. Cut each wedge into three chunks. Toss the chunks with the currents and orange zest. Cover the tart dough with the apple chunks leaving a 2-inch border.
Combine the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly on the apples. Gently fold the border over the apples to enclose the dough, pleating it to make a circle.
Bake the crostata for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the apples are tender. Allow to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.