Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chef Chuck's Apple Torta with Pastry Cream

Torta di Mele con Crema Pasticciera


A different approach to the usual apple pie. This apple torta has a unique pastry crust, sweet pastry cream and tart granny smith apples tossed in brown sugar, honey and cinnamon. Just in time for the Fall season, a warm and comforting apple dessert.

Apple Torta with Pastry Cream

Pastry

3 tablespoons whole milk
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons butter
pinch of salt
1/2 cup flour
3 eggs


In a small pot heat milk, water, butter and salt till it boils. Remove from heat stir in flour place back on low heat for 10 seconds. Place in a mixer bowl and cool for 7 minutes, beat in one egg at a time and mix on high for 1 minute till it all comes together. Butter a 9 inch round pan and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.


Cream
1 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 egg yolks
pinch of salt
3 tablespoon flour

3 ounces sugar


Heat 3/4 cup of milk and vanilla till almost boiling. Whisk egg yolks for one minute, add salt, flour, sugar and a 1/4 cup milk. Add to warm milk mixture, cook for about 2 minutes, stirring till cream thickens. Remove from heat, pour in a bowl and cool. When cake is cool spread cream over pastry and refrigerate.


Apples
3 granny smith apples
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Cut apples into thin slices, in a bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and toss apples. Add vanilla, honey, and lemon juice and mix to coat all apples. In a large frying pan heat butter add apples and cook with lid on for 5 minutes. Cool and place on top of cream, refrigerate.

10 comments:

  1. Mmmm that apple torta looks delish!! :) it smells like apple season!

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  2. Hello Chocolate Freckles! I love that name:)
    Your right the fall season is here, let's take advantage of it!!
    Thank you~

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  3. What a delightful idea to toss the apples in brown sugar. I've always known to just do it in regular granulated sugar but I bet the brown gives it the perfect caramelization. Wonderful idea and the sweet pastry cream must have been out of this world.
    Always a pleasure to come visit your blog.

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  4. Hello Bridgett, My friend! So true more caramelization ~ Yes, the cream on top of that, may I say Heaven!!
    Thank you ;)

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  5. I love making apple pies and cakes all autumn and winter long and this is another great recipe! Beautiful! Love the pastry cream in this.

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  6. Hi Jamie, I agree "Autumn Apples" taste so well!!
    Thank you for your comment:)

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  7. It is always such a pleasure to visit your blog, and I greatly appreciate seeing you post on the beauty of Italian baking which is relatively unknown by others....I will most definitely prepare this treat!

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  8. Hello bella (roz) You are so kind, and thank you for enjoying my recipes!
    Enjoy:)

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  9. A perfect Autumn dessert! I love this Chuck--looks scrumptious!

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  10. Hello Yankeesoaper! So glad you like:)
    Thank you and take care.

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