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Apple Crostata With Cheddar Cheese

Fuji or McIntosh apples work best for this tart; other varieties may be too juicy.

Courses: Dessert
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup 62g / 2.2ozAll-purpose flour
1 teaspoon 5mlSugar
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlSalt
1/2 cup 99g / 3.5ozChilled unsalted butter - (1 stick) - cut 1/2" pieces
1 cup 198g / 7ozEgg yolk (large)
1 tablespoon 15mlIce water - or more if needed
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlVanilla extract
1/4 cup 49g / 1.7ozSugar
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround ginger
1 1/2 lbs 681g / 24ozFuji apples - (abt 3 large) - peeled, quartered, cored, cut into 1/4"-thk slices
1 tablespoon 15mlUnsalted butter - cut small pieces
8 oz 227gSharp cheddar cheese - cut 8 wedges

Recipe Instructions

For Crust: Mix flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Cut in butter, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Whisk yolk, 1 tablespoon ice water, and vanilla extract in small bowl to blend. Add egg mixture to processor; blend until dough clumps together, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Form dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour.

Roll out dough on floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Trim dough overhang to 1 inch; fold dough overhang in and press onto sides of pan. Pierce crust all over with fork. Refrigerate crust for 1 hour.

For Filling: Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles in crust, overlapping and fitting tightly together. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Dot with butter.

Bake until apples are tender and beginning to brown and crust is golden, about 55 minutes. Cool tart in pan on rack at least 45 minutes. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)  Serve tart slightly warm or at room temperature with cheese.

"Bon Appetit, January 2002"


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