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French Apple Tart (Tarte de Pommes a la Normande)
November 25, 2006

This was a beautiful addition to my Thanksgiving dinner, and was perfect for those who didn't care for pumpkin pie! I have made this several times, each time trying to make adjustments to keep it from being so buttery. Final tweaks to the dough: 1 1/2 cup flour (instead of 1 1/3 cup), 1/4 tsp salt (instead of a pinch), 1/4 cup sugar (if you want it a little sweeter), 1 egg (instead of 1 egg yolk), and NO water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour in the plastic wrap. Tweaks to the frangipane: add 1/2 tsp. almond extract, and toast the almonds before grinding. Roll out the pastry dough, fit into the pan, then refrigerate 30 minutes. Add the frangipane, then the apples (use small apples - makes fitting them in the pan MUCH easier), then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Bake on the oven rack, not on a baking sheet. Perfection! Thanks for the recipe!