Pies and Tarts


July 9, 2008
Summer seasons comes with myriad possibilities, some days are promising for outdoor Picnics and barbecues while on some days the weather man issues caution to avoid the scorching rays of the sun. Last weekend it was very warm in laixi,Qingdao and so we decided to stay indoors till the temperature slumped down a bit to a tolerable level in the evening. Staying indoors during the weekend is height of boredom for all of us but this was still a better option than to just meander in the mall and pile up nonessential things that we often end up doing. After a bit of commotion & un reconcilable arguments on what to do my hubby and my son opted to laze browsing their favorite animation channels and I was happily sucked into my warm kitchen baking this tart.
This is one of my favorite tart and it was heavenly to have it after a heavy lunch of Prawn biryani that is close to my chicken biryani recipe. I had made the crust dough couple of days before and just stewing the apple didn’t consume a long time. The green apples are sweet and peak during this season and the farmers market is inundated with these delectable tiny green ones.

For making the Crust
180 grams plain flour
90 grams butter
60 grams sugar
1 egg yolk
¼ teaspoon salt
cold water to knead.

Combine flour and butter and rub it till the texture resembles like bread crumbs. Add yolk, sugar, salt and water to knead into a soft pliable dough. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

For filling
2 medium green apples
2 medium red apples
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1teaspoon cinnamon powder
sugar ( optional)
Butter to brush
Apricot preserve to brush


Peel, core and dice the green apples. Cook them in a pan with ½ cup of water and 1tablespoon of lemon juice. Simmer on a low fire till the apples are soft. Add the cinnamon and keep it aside.

Peal, core and slice red apples and add rest of the lemon juice .Keep it aside.

Preparing the tart
Roll the dough and slide into the baking pan lined with a butter paper. Tuck the edges and remove the excess. Preheat the oven at 175 ‘c and bake it for 5 to 7 minutes.

Remove the half baked tart and fill it with cooked green apples and arrange the red sliced apples on the top in a circular fashion. Brush them with butter and Apricot preserve. Bake them for 30 minutes. Remove and brush more apricot preserve while the tart is still warm.

Enjoy and savor it with a dollop of ice-cream. It is truly divine.

Note- if the bottom of tart is still soggy after baking it. Remove the tart from the pan and then bake it further 5 to 7 minutes. The bottom of the pie will be crusty.

For making the tart dough without using egg check out my walnut pie recipe.

By the way I am off on my holidays to Sydney and so taking a short break for three weeks.I am excited and just counting days to get a glimpse of beautiful blues skies, the sand and the surf. I hope to pepper my site with some real Aussie tucker on my return.

Please take care and remember to slip slap & slop whenever going out in the sun.

Chocolate tart – believe me it is delicious!

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  • Reply Rachel July 9, 2008 at 11:25 am

    divinely treat!!!

  • Reply notyet100 July 9, 2008 at 11:25 am

    good pics..looks delicious….happy holidays…enjoy..will bewaiting for ur posts…:-)

  • Reply delhibelle July 9, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Biryani and apple pie!
    So decadent, so lovely, so lucky!

    Enjoy Sydney:)

  • Reply Asha July 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    One dessert I wouldn’t say no to, sweet and tart Apple pie! Looks yummy P!:)
    Enjoy your break, I will be gone tomorrow too!:))

  • Reply meeso July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I love the way the apples are laid out, it looks so pretty.

  • Reply Vanamala July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am


  • Reply Divya Vikram July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Looks almost like a pie except the eggs..Will try ur recipe sometime..

  • Reply Bhawana July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am

    this looks great Pearl. delicious

  • Reply Arundathi July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am

    wow – that looks amazing!

  • Reply ranji July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am

    wow!!a very well arranged and baked apple tart…i am yet to try these as well…looks yumm shibani 🙂

  • Reply Madhavi July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Tart looks great, lovely entry!!!

  • Reply Cham July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Beautiful tart 🙂 Love the apple pictures… just awesome

  • Reply Suma Rajesh July 10, 2008 at 5:07 am

    first time to ur blog and just luved it….urs apple tart looks yummy and delicious….great job

  • Reply Ramya's Mane Adige July 10, 2008 at 5:08 am

    oh wow!!! the tart looks amazing…. have a gr8 vacation!

  • Reply sowmya July 10, 2008 at 5:08 am

    that sounds delicious..never tried pies at home..should start now..
    have a great time in sydney..

  • Reply Pecos Blue July 11, 2008 at 12:30 am

    That looks great to me and I have it all at home. I think I will make it!

  • Reply Jeena July 11, 2008 at 12:30 am

    This looks so good. I love apple pies and this is a fabulous way of eat apples in a pastry. I love the pictures this tart looks so appetizing!

    I must check out your biryani recipe too it sounds great. 🙂

  • Reply Aparna July 11, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Looks perfect, Shibani.
    We love apple pie, so this can’t be far off.

  • Reply Kevin July 11, 2008 at 7:08 am

    That apple tart looks great! I like the apricot glaze on it.

  • Reply A&N July 11, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Looks wonderful! I loved the way you arranged the apples 🙂

  • Reply Sagari July 19, 2008 at 7:36 am

    apple tart look so beautifullll shibani

  • Reply Vaishali July 19, 2008 at 7:36 am

    The tart looks delicious, Pearlsofeast.

  • Reply TBC July 19, 2008 at 7:36 am

    You lucky girl! Vacation in Sydney… my sis used to live in Sydney…wish I had gotten a chance to visit while she was there.

    Enjoy your vacation! 😀

  • Reply Uma July 19, 2008 at 7:36 am

    oooooh! lovely tart! I can’t wait to try it. yummy! love the pic of apples with a candle in middle. beautiful.

  • Reply random thoughts August 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

    hi shibani1
    its really great to see a odiya blog in this world of food blogs..ur recipes are wonderful and the photos make me drool!!well, have been visiting ur blog everyfday to see a new post but …
    saswati also shut down..hope all’s right and its just a temporary blog break..
    get back soon.

  • Reply Priyanka August 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

    lovely presentation- just the pic makes it so very mouthwatering…..

  • Reply Aparna August 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Haven’t seen a post here in some time.
    Hope you’re all doinge. fin

  • Reply Swati Raman Garg August 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

    wow wow wow… they look perfect yaar… u r pro in such things arent u….

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    Got a small something for you at my blog..

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