On a rainy day I bake to fill my heart with the warmth of the aromatic nutmeg. Its subtle sweetness and delicate aroma invade my senses as I sprinkle it into a bowl of freshly cut granny smith apples.
On a rainy day I bake to create a symphony of flavors that send my taste buds into a whirling craze.
I bake to send myself on a journey where patience and understanding is key. Because baking is an art form with a final act which culminates as you bite into the carefully crafted art piece and sends happiness to your heart!
On a rainy day I bake to share with friends.
Spiced Apple Crostata
This recipe is very easy to make when you have a surplus of apples. Use tangy granny smiths and balance their strong flavor with the sweet brown sugar.
To make the crust you will need 1 1/2 cups of AP flour, a pinch of salt, a stick of chilled butter, 5 TBS of chilled water. Mix the salt and flour and cut the butter into cubes. Rub the butter into the flour mix until the butter is pea sized. Finally add the chilled water only until the dough comes together. Flatten into 5 disks and refrigerate.
To make the filling simply peel and core 3 granny smith apples. Dice the apples and toss them in a bowl with spices (nutmeg, cinammon, 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Allow to sit for 30 minutes so the flavors can develop.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. on a floured surface roll out the disks until they are about 1/4 of an inch thick. Scoop apple filling into the center, leaving an inch sized border. fold the border into the center and bake until golden brown. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Enjoy!