Thin-crusted apple tart
1½ hours, plus chilling time for the dough
6 to 8
Adapted from Michele Anna Jordan, A.P.P.L.E. (Apple Publicity Promotion Ladies Effort), published in "Sebastopol Gravenstein Apples: Sweet & Savory Recipes." Sometimes Jordan adds a pinch of chipotle powder and replaces the apple jelly with a hot pepper jelly made by Tierra Vegetables for a combination of sweetness and heat.
1 cup (4.25 ounces) flour
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into ¼-inch cubes and chilled
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
Juice of 1 lemon
3 to 4 apples, preferably Gravenstein
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons warm apple jelly
1. In a large bowl,
combine the flour with one-half teaspoon salt. Add the chilled butter cubes and use a pastry cutter or fork to work the butter into the flour, forming an even crumb. Work quickly so the butter stays cold. Drizzle over 3 tablespoons of ice water and mix quickly with a fork, careful not to overmix. The dough may not come together completely; this is fine. However, if the dough feels especially dry, drizzle over up to 1 additional tablespoon of ice water.
2. Place the dough
in the center of a large sheet of plastic wrap. Pull the edges of the plastic wrap around the dough, pressing the dough into a disk. Seal tightly and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
3. While the dough
is chilling, fill a medium bowl half full with water and add the lemon juice. Peel the apples and halve them lengthwise. Core the apples with a sharp knife or melon baller and trim the ends. Place the apples in the acidulated water as they are peeled and trimmed so they do not brown.
4. Cut the apples
lengthwise into very thin (one-sixteenth inch) slices, and return to the water.
5. Heat the oven
to 375 degrees. Sprinkle your work surface generously with flour. Roll out the dough into an 11-inch circle; the dough will be about one-eighth-inch thick. Carefully transfer to a nonstick, rimmed baking pan.
6. Turn up
the outer edge of the circle of dough to form a one-half-inch rim. Use the tines of a fork to press the rim into place and to prick the tart in several places.
7. Drain the apples,
shaking them vigorously to remove excess water. Set the apples out on a dish towel to dry. Arrange a circle of overlapping apple slices at the far edge of the dough. Add a second circle inside the first and a third inside the second. Finish with a small circle of apples in the center.
8. Using a pastry brush,
coat the apples and outer rim of the dough with the 3 tablespoons of melted butter. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and remaining one-eighth teaspoon of salt. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples.
9. Bake the tart
until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Set the tart on a serving plate and gently brush the top of it with the warm jelly. Cut the tart into wedges and serve immediately.
Each of 8 servings: