I have a super fun yearly trip to my friend Nadine and her family, and this week I spent a lovely 4 days at their house again, the occasion being a cake competition. Even though I had a rough time with some neck muscles (argh!) I managed to place second with my “Pearamid” cake, with pears, aniseed, chai spices – well all sorts of good stuff basically. I will place the recipe on my blog sometime later this year! Right now, though, I want to share this utterly delicious blackberry and apple tart with y’all!
It so happened that a Dutch supermarket had launched a competition for the best apple cake/pie/tart (it’s the same word in Dutch for all of them: taart) baked by a duo. Of course, Nadine and I could not resist participating, we are some of the most competitive people/bakers in the Netherlands I think…
After a bit of brainstorming, Nadine mentioned blackberries were ripening in her area so naturally, we couldn’t resist using those in our tart! She went out in the early (well…early for me) hours of the morning to pick a good amount of them and we set off to create this delicious bake.
It is a bit of a play on a Bakewell Tart, but with different nuts and jam and of course apple on top. Okay, it’s not really a Bakewell… But it’s still delicious. The best thing about this (I think) is marinating the apples in blackberry juice with just a touch of cinnamon, I couldn’t stop eating those darn slices (we had some left).
But of course, the arrangement of the apples makes this tart a real showstopper! If you’re unsure on how to do this, check Youtube for some how-to clips (rose apple tart), it’s very easy but a bit time intensive (so worth it though!). Oh, and it’s me in the picture below! Do notice the lovely bracelet Nadine’s sister made me – it’s awesome!
Apple and Blackberry Tart Recipe
For one tart, 28cm in diameter
Dough (Mary Berry Recipe)
225 grams plain flour
pinch of salt
25 grams icing sugar
150 grams cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon ice cold water
150 grams sugar
150 grams softened unsalted butter
75 grams ground pecans
75 grams ground walnuts
2 tablespoons flour
200 grams (homemade) blackberry jam
4 Pink Lady Apples
400 ml blackberry juice
45 ml lemon juice
55 ml water
150 grams sugar
1 roasted cinnamon stick
- To make the dough, firstly combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Put it into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, then add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add the egg and pulse until combined. If the dough hasn’t started to come together yet, add the ice cold water and pulse until the dough has come together. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes. Butter the tart pan and set aside.
- To make the frangipane, beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add the egg a little at a time and beat until combined. Add the nuts and flour and stir until combined. Spoon into a piping bag, set aside.
- Prepare the apples by cutting them into thin slices (in the food processor if preferred). Pour the blackberry juice, lemon juice and water in a pan and add the sugar and the cinnamon stick. Heat until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the apple slices and leave them to marinate.
- Roll the dough out to a circle large enough for the tart tin and line the tin with it. Leave any overhanging pastry. Chill again for 30 minutes. In the meanwhile, preheat the oven to 175C/340F. Once chilled, line the tart with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the beans and parchment and prick holes in the base with a fork. Bake another 5 minutes. Fill the tart with the blackberry jam, then pipe the frangipane on top (use the back of a spoon to smoothen it out). Bake for another15 minutes, then arrange the apple slices on top of the tart to resemble a rose. Start with laying the slices flat on the outer ring, then simply work your way to the middle. Bake another 15 minutes. Leave the tart to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!