Tarte Normande is a traditional French dessert that originates from the Normandy region of France. It’s a sweet and savory apple tart that is typically made with a shortcrust pastry, apples, and a custard filling flavored with Calvados, a type of apple brandy. Here’s a recipe for you:
For the pastry:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
2-3 tbsp cold water
For the filling:
4-5 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Calvados (apple brandy)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
To make the pastry, combine the flour, butter, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add the egg yolk and 2-3 tablespoons of cold water, and pulse until the dough comes together.
Shape the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
Roll out the pastry dough and press it into a 9-inch tart pan.
To make the filling, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
Add the apples, sugar, and cinnamon, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the apples are soft.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, Calvados, and vanilla extract.
Pour the apple mixture into the pastry crust, and then pour the egg mixture over the apples.
Bake the tart for about 40-45 minutes, or until the custard is set and the crust is golden brown.
Let the tart cool before serving.
Note: You can adjust the amount of sugar and Calvados to your liking. You can also add a touch of butter on top of the apples before adding the custard for more richness.
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