Chinon apple tarts

Chinon apple tarts

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr

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Makes 2
These little French tarts are wonderfully buttery and crisp, glazed with a red wine jelly - the perfect end to a special supper for two

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (with crème fraîche, using 3 tbsp jelly)

  • kcal1074
  • fat58g
  • saturates31g
  • carbs123g
  • sugars68g
  • fibre2g
  • protein12g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

    For the red wine jelly

    • 375ml red wine, such as Chinon
    • 200g jam sugar
      Sugar

      Sugar

      shuh-ga

      Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

    • 1 star anise
      Star anise

      Star anise

      star an-eese

      Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

    • 1 clove
      Cloves

      Clove

      klo-ve

      The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

    • 2½ cm piece cinnamon stick
    • pinch of allspice
    • ½ split vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

    For the tarts

    • 320g pack ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry
    • 4 tbsp light brown soft sugar
    • 2-3 eating apples (I used Pink Lady)
      Apples

      Apple

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      Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

    • 3 tbsp red wine jelly (see above recipe)

    For the cardamom crème fraîche

    • 100ml crème fraîche
    • 1 tbsp icing sugar
    • 3 cardamom pods, pods discarded and seeds ground

    Method

    1. To make the red wine jelly, put the red wine, jam sugar, star anise, clove, cinnamon stick, allspice, split vanilla pod and seeds in a medium saucepan. Stir together, then heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Turn up the heat and boil for 20 mins until reduced and syrupy. Strain into a small, sterilised jam jar and leave to cool completely. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.

    2. Take the pastry out of the fridge and leave at room temperature for 10 mins, then unroll. Heat the grill to high and heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cut out 2 x 13cm circles of pastry, using a plate as a guide, and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Sprinkle each circle with 1 tbsp sugar and grill for 5 mins to caramelise, watching carefully so that the sugar doesn’t burn. Remove from the grill. Can be done a few hours ahead, and left, covered, out of the fridge.

    3. Peel, quarter and core the apples, cut into 2mm-thin slices and arrange on top of the pastry. Sprinkle over the remaining sugar and pop in the oven for 20-25 mins until the pastry is cooked through and golden, and the apples are softened. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Warm 3 tbsp of the red wine jelly in a small pan over a low heat with 1 tsp water to make it a little more runny, then brush over the top of the tarts.

    4. Tip the crème fraîche into a bowl, sift over the icing sugar and cardamom, and mix together. Carefully lift the warm tarts onto serving plates and serve with the cardamom crème fraîche.

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