While in France, I followed the advice of my friend Sarah: eat as much as you can while you’re there, because once you return to the States your cravings will return. I didn’t realize that my cravings would hit within two days of my return. That was fast.
Luckily, this family recipe for a French classic is always in my back pocket: tarte aux pommes. Or apple tart. It’s as easy as can be, and follows a principle of three. 3 apples (small), 3 eggs, 3 spoons of creme fraiche, and 3 spoons of sugar. As long as you remember that, you don’t even really need to follow a recipe.
The crust is a simple puff pastry, flakey and buttery, the ideal casing for the custardy filling. Taking a bite of this tart is like taking a taste of France.
I’ve been making this particular recipe for years. I started making it while living in France and would occasionally sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in to remind me of home. This past trip, Fabien’s sister, Olivia served it after a dinner of pesto pasta and it hit the spot.
I think you’ll find it’ll hit the spot for you too. Bon appétit!