Twenty five years ago Disney released the animated classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, based on a French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. That film quickly became my most favorite Disney movie (sorry Little Mermaid, you had two years in the top spot). Even after all the amazing films Disney Animation has released, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST still remains my top favorite. I was beyond ecstatic when Disney announced a live action version… And if you know anything about my blog, you know that I’m often inspired in the kitchen by upcoming films I’m excited see. So of course, I’ve been experimenting with French cuisine lately! (Like a french apple tart? Oui!)
When I first started baking, one of the first French recipes I ever tried my hand at was a Tarte aux Pommes, or what us Americans refer to as a French Apple Tart. When I was combing through my recipes, I couldn’t think of a better one to share with you first, in what will hopefully be a series of French recipes featured here on the blog in honor of the upcoming film, arriving in theaters March of 2017.
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar
12 tablespoons of unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup of cold water
3 apples (I used Granny Smith)
1/2 cup of sugar (for apples)
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, diced (for apples)
1/2 cup of apricot jam
2 tablespoons of water (to mix with jam)
First let’s make the pastry shell. Mix together your flour, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Combine well! Then add in your 12 tablespoons of diced butter. I will note that combining the ingredients in a food processor does make it easier! However do not fret if you don’t have one. As I created this recipe tutorial for the blog, I actually did not use a processor. You’ll want to mix well enough so that the butter is mixed in, or in very small pieces.
Stir in the cold water (the colder the better!) and mix until the dough really starts to come together. Knead the dough over a floured surface. Then cover the dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
While the dough is refrigerating, let’s work on the apples. If you wish to peel the apples you may. However I’ve made the tarts without peeling and it tastes just as great. Cut the apples into thin slices. Don’t let the slices be any thick than 1/4 of an inch.
Assuming the dough is finished refrigerating, let’s go ahead and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take your dough and roll it out. You want it to at least be 10 inches by 14 inches.
Take your apple slices and place them on the dough, somewhat overlapping slices of apples. Keep layering until the pastry is covered with apple slices as seen below. Take the sugar and sprinkle the full 1/2 cup on top of the apples. Then dot the apples with the diced butter.
Bake the tart for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You’ll want the pasty and edges of the apples to be brown. Make sure you rotate the pan in the middle of baking! Keep in the mind that the juice from the apples may burn on the pan. Don’t worry, the tart is still fine!
Once the tart is done baking, heat up your apricot jam with the 2 tablespoons of water. Stir so that it mixes well. Then brush the mixture on top of the apples.
Beauty and the Beast Official US Teaser Trailer
Now I want to share with you the teaser that inspired this posting… but first, check out the brand new teaser poster! Seriously. How insanely gorgeous is it? I cannot wait to see this film come to life!!!
This film comes to theaters March, 17, 2017.