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Heavenly Apple Croustade


I have several bags of frozen apples from when I picked them last fall.  They are already presliced for cooking with but the problem is, I haven’t known what to do with them besides make apple pie.  Since I don’t want to fatten my family up by baking tons of apple pies they have just sat there…sadly unused.

This week I received some Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour that was just begging me to make some sort of cookies, cake, or tart.  I decided to finally use some of those apples and make a croustade.  I am also planning to cook some of the apples in butter and brown sugar to serve with dinner  {restaurants call them “fried apples” I think}. Here’s how I made the croustade, my family raved about it!  Definitely a hit and the crust tasted more like a cookie than pie crust! Yum!

:: Heavenly Apple Croustade

1  cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour*
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
10 Tbsp (1 1/4 sticks) of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 -inch pieces. (I use organic and use it straight out of the fridge)
3 Tbsp of ice water
1/3 cup cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
2 Tbsp honey
1 qt frozen apples (you could also use fresh apples – use what you’ve got!) sliced
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of apple jelly (or other kind such as pear)

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the food processor. Add the butter and pulse until mixture resembles course meal. With the machine running, gradually add the water until the mixture clumps together into a dough ball. (You may need to add a Tbsp more or less of ice water – it will literally roll itself into a ball in your food processor. Take it out of the food processor and form into a nice ball then wrap in plastic wrap and flatten into a disc shape. Chill the dough for 1 hour.

In a clean food processor, combine cream cheese, vanilla, almond extract, and honey. Blend until smooth.

Put the apples in a microwave safe dish along with the brown sugar. Microwave for about 5 minutes. Stir. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or until soft.

Position an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Roll it into about an 11 inch circle. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough, leaving about a 2 inch border. Arrange the apples on top of the cream cheese mixture, covering all of the cream cheese surface. Heat the jelly in the microwave for a few seconds so you can spoon the liquid over the tart easily. Fold the remaining edge of dough over the filling to form a border so the “yummyness” doesn’t ooze out. This isn’t the most beautiful dessert but don’t let its rustic presentation fool you – it is DELICIOUS!

Bake the tart until the crust is golden, about 30 to 40 minutes. Place the baking sheet on a rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Serve.

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