Apple Tarts and Whole Wheat Sour Cream Crust

You could say I’m an appleholic (is that even a word? probably not.ehm) I add apples to pretty much everything I cook, bake or create( Have you tried necklace from apple seeds? I found them be extremaly fashionable in 90’s- my high school years). Back to eating apples. My morning yogurt has chunks of apples in it. I add apples to roasted vegetables, to salads, even to my creamy potato salad and risotto. They’ve become such a staple in my cooking, like olive oil. I can’t imagine not having them around when  I create.
Lately I’ve been playing with different pie crust recipes and I stumbled upon a sour cream crust recipe, so here is my tweaked version. I haven’t used it to make a pie, so I’m not sure how it behaves in a pie version. I’ve only made small tarts with it and they came out nice and flaky.

Sour Cream Whole Wheat Crust (single 9inch pie crust)

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 whole wheat pastry flour
1tbl brown sugar
1/4tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
1stick butter, chilled and cut in cubes
1/4 cup cold sour cream
1tsp chilled water

  • Using  a food processor, process  flours, salt, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda until combined
  •  Add chilled butter and pulse until coarse mixture forms, you want to see large, approximately  bean size butter pieces. Stop pulsing now.
  • Add sour cream  and 1tsp chilled water and pulse until mixture will start to come together. Don’t over mix. You want be able to see pieces of butter.
  • Gather dough together gently and form a disk. 
  • Wrap the disk with plastic wrap and chill for an hour.

Apple Tarts
4fresh apples, cored and cut into wedges
1/4 cup brown sugar or as desired
1tsp tsp cinnamon
1tbl lemon juice
pinch of ginger

  •  Preheat oven to 385F
  • Season apples with sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and ginger.
  • Roll chilled sour cream crust between 2 pieces of wax/parchment paper.
  • Using a pastry wheel cut out rectangles.
  • Layer apples on top of rectangles.
  • Fold the edges inward.
  • You can now rung your raviolli wheel  over the edges, or use your fingers to press the edges down.
  • Bake until edges are golden and apples are soft. 15-20 minutes

Before I go about my day, leaving  you  with a hint of cinnamon aroma and smell of freshly baked apple tarts I wanted to share with you some fun news.

Blue Star Applicances and Ranges

Few weeks ago I received an email from  BlueStar ,  they’ve announced their Top  100 Foodie Blogger of 2012,  including Haniela’s. I’ve never been on any kind of list like this before so I guess it is appropriate to get excited, right!  If you don’t know what BlueStar is, or what they make here is a little info about them.

BlueStar  has been  handcrafting cooking products in Reading, Pennsylvania, since 1880. They offer Best Stove Oven for home chefs who desire restaurant quality  results in their own home kitchens. Red Range is tailored to meet your specific needs and can be customized  with many different features to fit your inner chef.  Not only these ranges are made from high quality materials, they also come in 190 colors! Talk about color matching my my whole kitchen, what a dream!  Best Broiler, the perfect baking oven is large enough to fit a commercial size baking sheet and comes in 3 different convenient sizes.
This sums it for today. See you soon.

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