The air has certainly gotten chillier in the last week or so, and combine that with daylight savings and I’m in full blown winter mode. Late fall into winter is my favorite time of the year to bake. The holiday decor, the warmth of the oven along with the smell of the baked goods makes the apartment feel so cozy. On Friday I had a day off from work and we had a high of 20 degrees — a perfect opportunity to try out a new recipe. Let me just say — If I never have another success with developing a baking recipe, I’ll be alright. I wanted to make one more apple recipe as apple season is slowly fading. This recipe is an apple and pear rustic tart — a simple buttery crust, a thin layer of Kite Hill almond cream cheese, and crunchy layer of walnuts, topped with cinnamon maple pears and apples. You. Need. This. I kid you not when I say this is my new favorite recipe. This rustic tart not only makes a great dessert, but would also be a delicious breakfast pastry, or a great dish to bring to a holiday brunch.
Apple & Pear Rustic Tart
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 tsp iodized salt
- 3-5 tbsp water
- 1 stick grass-fed organic butter (cut into small cubes)
- 2 large baking apples (I used gala)
- 2 red pears
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1cup crushed walnuts
- 1/4 cup cream cheese (I used Kite Hill Almond Milk Cream Cheese)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In large bowl, combine and mix the flour and salt.
- With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter to the flour mixture, combining until it resembles cornmeal.
- Add water 1 tbsp at a time and mix until dough forms. (5 tbsps for me)
- Hand knead a few times and then form the dough into a ball.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- While the dough chills, thinly slice the apples and pears.
- Toss the fruit with the maple syrup, lemon juice, and cinnamon.
- Once the dough is chilled, roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper into a large rectangle.
- Carefully transfer dough into a rectangle baking dish (glass works best), press down along edges.
- Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the dough and then sprinkle the walnuts over the whole surface.
- Arrange the apple and pear slices in rows across the dish.
- Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, until the edges of the crust are golden brown.
- Let cool, then slice and serve.