Vermont Apple and Maple Sugar Tart
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Serves: 6 - 8
 
I’ve pre-baked the puff pastry tart before filling it so I avoid the sometimes soggy, uncooked bottom you can get with raw puff pastry.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk (Strafford Organic VT)
  • ¼ cup VT maple sugar (Republic of Vermont)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon flour (King Arthur)
  • 3 egg yolks (New Village Farm)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened (Vermont Creamery)
  • 1 tablespoon VT maple syrup (Couching Lion Maple Sugar Farm)
  • 1 lb puff pastry sheet, thawed (Mirabelles Princess Puff Pastry)
  • 3 Macintosh apples (Shelburne Orchards)
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar (Republic of Vermont)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Start by making the maple pastry cream. Heat the milk in a heavy saucepan, be careful not to boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and flour, and then whisk in the egg yolks one at a time.
  2. Slowly pour a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Continue slowly pouring about half of the hot milk into to egg mixture while whisking. This tempers the egg so it won’t scramble. Off the heat, slowly pour the egg and milk mixture back into the pan of milk, whisking the whole time.
  3. Turn the heat back on to medium and continue whisking until the pastry cream begins to thicken. As soon as it thickens and large bubbles begin to rise to the surface, remove from heat and whisk in the butter and maple syrup. Strain the cream into a shallow bowl and cover with plastic wrap (the wrap should be pressed up against the surface of the pastry cream to keep a skin from forming). Chill until ready to use.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out the sheet of puff pastry into a large rectangle, about ¼” thick. Place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, score a 1 inch border all around the edge of the rectangle. (This edge will puff up in the oven and form a rim around the tart). Using a fork, prick the bottom of the tart, inside the scored edge (This keeps the center from rising too high).
  6. Bake the pastry for about 15 minutes until just golden.
  7. While the pastry is baking, peel, core and halve the apples. Place the apples flat side down and slice into very thin slices. In a bowl, toss the apples with the maple sugar.
  8. Spread the pastry cream evenly over the inside of the puff pastry, just up to the edge of the raised border. Arrange the apple slices on top in overlapping rows and paint the top of the apples with the melted butter and sprinkle them with maple sugar.
  9. Increase the heat to 375 degrees. Bake the tart for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until the apples are tender and have begun to brown.
  10. Remove the tart from the oven. While it's still warm, paint the apples with maple syrup.
  11. Serve with caramel sauce (Fat Toad Farm Traditional Goat’s Milk Caramel, Salted Bourbon)
  12. and maple ice cream (Stowe Ice Cream)
Recipe by Seasons in Vermont at https://seasonsinvermont.com/vermont-apple-and-maple-sugar-tart/