From Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. "The classic French apple tart consists of a thick, well-flavored applesauce spread in a partially cooked pastry shell. Over it thinly sliced apples are placed in an overlapping design of circles. After baking, it is coated with apricot glaze."
Quarter, core, and peel the apples. Cut enough to make 3 cups into even 1/8-inch lengthwise slices and toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice and sugar. Reserve them for the top of the tart.
Cut the rest of the apples into rough slices. You should have about 8 cups. Place in a 10-inch heavy-bottomed saucepan (preferably enameled). Cook, covered, over low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Then beat in the apricot preserves, brandy (or vanilla extract), sugar, butter, and optional cinnamon and/or grated rind. Raise heat and boil, stirring, until applesauce is thick enough to hold in a mass in a spoon.
Spread the applesauce in the pastry shell. Cover with a neat, closely overlapping layer of sliced apples arranged in a spiral, concentric circles, or other decorative pattern.
Bake in the upper third of preheated 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until the sliced apples have browned lightly and are tender. Slide tart onto a rack or serving dish and spread a light coating of apricot glaze.
Apricot glaze: Stir the strained apricot preserves with 2 tablespoons of sugar over moderately high heat for 2 to 3 minutes until thick enough to coat the spoon with a light film, and the last drops are sticky as they fall from the spoon (225 to 228 degrees on a candy thermometer). Do not boil beyond this point or the glaze will become brittle when it cools. Apply the glaze while it is still warm.
Serve tart warm or cold. May be topped with heavy cream or creme fraiche.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (276g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 44 (26%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 4.9g||7 %|
|Saturated Fat 3g||15 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.2g|
|Cholesterol 12.8mg||4 %|
|Sodium 42.2mg||1 %|
|Potassium 25.3mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 32.4g||10 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.2g||1 %|
|Sugars, other 32.2g|
|Protein 0.3g||0 %|
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Calories per serving: 167
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