It is so hard to believe Thanksgiving is all done and we are on our way to Christmas and New Year. I had the most amazing Thanksgiving ever- great friends and delicious food, it was perfect!! We spent the (long) weekend visiting pretty places, clicking millions of pictures to capture every moment, dwelling in our love for good food and wine, chatting away for hours at night and waking up to the excitement of more time together.
I fell in love with the city again, I had forgotten how rejuvenating it is to just walk around on a sunny day, taking in the fresh air, gorging on something or the other all the time. I feel so blessed for all the love and happiness in my life (and guilty for complaining about things that don’t matter!!) and I can’t wait to see all these wonderful people again!!
Ok, back to business. Thanksgiving night is all about the food and dessert. G, being the awesome cook that he is, took care of the food. We decided to be a little nontraditional this time, we roasted a whole chicken and duck, coupled with au gratin potatoes, roasted carrots and a delicious gravy, it was the most scrumptious Thanksgiving meal. After our day’s adventures, we were too hungry to take pictures, I have just this one that a friend took right before we grabbed our plates and started eating.
For dessert, we had an Apple Frangipane Tart for the day before Thanksgiving. I love this take on the traditional apple pie. The frangipane filling gives a nutty flavor to the tart which goes really well with the tartness of the apples and the smell of the cinnamon. Served with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or ice cream, it makes the perfect after dinner dessert. I also like to eat a slice for breakfast with my morning coffee (not everyday, only as a special treat of course!!)
After our super yummy Thanksgiving dinner, we had a Tiramisu for dessert ( like I said, we went a little non traditional this time :)). This creamy, decadent dessert is my all time favorite, the espresso flavor and the luscious mascarpone cream make it the perfect treat!!
Time for the recipe!!
Apple Frangipane Tart (makes one 9 inch tart)
One 9 inch sweet shortcrust pastry (I used this recipe)
For the Frangipane filling
- 1 stick butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 4 medium apples, sliced thin
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out tart shell and place inside a tart pan.
To make the filling
- Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Slowly mix in the egg and egg yolk. Add almond extract, then almond flour gradually while mixing, just until incorporated.
To assemble the tart
- Spread the frangipane into the tart shell.
- Arrange the thinly sliced apples over the tart, overlapping working from the outside in.
- Sprinkle the top with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Bake at 400F for 15 minutes, reduce to 350F and bake an additional 20 minutes, until apples are tender and tart is slightly browned.
Pretty simple right? And so tasty!! We even had some pastry and filling left over for a cute mini tart, which is what you see in the first picture.