Since I have started my basic cake course at ABC Cooking Studio, I must say that I am getting more confident with many of the basic skills. With their recipes, I am able to learn some techniques and understand rationale behind some steps in baking. Although the course fees are not cheap, it is still considered reasonable compared to many studios that have been popping up lately. In terms of the value, ABC certainly offers more, like small group size, full hands-on (not shared) and the ingredients used are really of good quality.
Hence, if you are wondering if it’s a good place to learn some cake making, bread-making and cooking skills, it is definitely a good place to start. So, if you need someone to bring you for a trial, I am more than happy to bring you along 🙂
My very last lesson I did my first ever Apple Tart and it was a hit with my girls. I usually define a good recipe with the reaction and reception from my girls who have the more picky palate around. Then because the tart was finished so fast, I made another one with some modifications of ingredients and steps.After posting pictures of the tart, I have got requests on how to make. it. Since i can’t post the original recipe, I will post the modified version and no worries, it doesn’t deviate far and in fact it’s much easier because I used my good ol’ pal food processor.
Makes 6-7 inch tart
60g butter (cut in small 1-inch cubes and make sure it’s still hard and cold when using it)
a pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
a little vanilla essence
80 g plain flour
30 g almond powder
Almond Creme Filling:
35g unsalted butter
30 g sugar
30g almond powder
1 small apple
about 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Pulse in a food processor the dry ingredients (flour, sugar and almond powder), followed by the vanilla essence and the egg yolk.
- Add the chilled butter in to the food processor and pulse till the mix is crumb-like.
- take out the mixture and on the working table combine the mixture and you will realise that your warm hands will soften the mix and quickly roll it in to a ball, then flatten it. Wrap in cling wrap and chill for one hour. ( can also freeze for 10 mins)
- Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees celsius
- In the meantime, prepare the almond creme filling by beating the sugar and butter until creamy. Followed by the egg. When well-combined, fold in the almond powder.
- Cut the apple in thin slices.
- Once dough is nice and firm, take it out and on the working surface, roll it into the desired size to fit into the pie pan.
- spread the almond creme and arrange the apples neatly on top of the creme.
- Sprinkle some sugar on top of the tart and put the tart into the pre-heated oven and bake for 45 minutes.
It is quite an easy tart to do and you can always replace apple with other fruits. Have fun making and let me know how your tart turns out.