How to cook Irish Apple Tart?

How to cook Irish Apple Tart?

Apples are an incredibly healthy and nutritious fruit, providing a range of health benefits. They contain fibre and antioxidants, that improve your health by lowering the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease & cancer. Additionally, apples can help in weight loss and improve gut & brain health. Apples and milk together are considered one of the best combinations for breakfast. However, apples can be eaten at any time of the day. Here's a recipe to prepare Irish Apple Tart at home.

Ingredients for making Irish Apple Tart:

  • Golden raisins or sultana: 200g
  • Irish single-malt whiskey: 100ml, plus an extra splash for apples
  • Demerara sugar: 250g
  • Cooking apple peeled and cored: 1 ½kg
  • Small knob of butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick, very slightly crushed
  • Pot whipping cream: 284ml
  • 1 egg beaten, with a splash of milk

For the pastry

  • Plain flour: 500g
  • Butter: 250g
  • Sugar: 100g
  • 2 eggs

For the savoury sugar

  • Muscovado sugar: 140g
  • Flaky sea salt: 10g
  • Zest 3 lemon


Step 1

Preheat your oven to 140C / fan 160C / gas 1 and spread the muscovado sugar, sea salt and lemon zest over a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes to create a savoury sugar mix. Allow the mixture to cool off, then blend it in a blender. Filter out any large pieces with a sieve and set them aside afterwards.

Step 2

Put the flour and butter in a food processor and process until it is the consistency of breadcrumbs. Mix the sugar & eggs together in a food processor. Then, wrap the pastry with cling film and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Step 3

Put the raisins and whisky into a pan, then add 1 tsp of sugar. Bring to a simmer, then let it sit aside.

Step 4

Slice the apples into large wedges, then melt butter in a heavy-based pan. Toss the apples into the butter, add half of the demerara sugar for sweetness, a cinnamon stick for flavour and a generous amount of whiskey. Cook the apples for 3-4 minutes until they have turned a golden colour. Afterwards, transfer them to a sieve to get rid of any extra liquid.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Grease and dust a 28cm baking ring with flour. Roll two-thirds of the pastry to a thickness of a coin and use it to line the ring. Chill for at least 20 minutes before baking.

Pierce the pastry with a fork and pre-bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Lightly brush with an egg wash and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Finish by repeating these steps once more, baking the pastry for an additional 5 minutes to ensure crispiness.

Let the mixture cool, then add the apple and raisins keeping any whiskey left. Cover the tart with a lid made of the remaining pastry and secure it by egg washing.

Poke the top of the pastry to let out steam, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Set oven temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and bake for 20 minutes till the top turns golden.

Step 6

Place the apple tart on a large board. Create lightly whipped cream, seasoning with raisin whiskey as desired. Put spiced sugar in a bowl on the side for people to sprinkle onto their slice of tart.

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