Today, I am feeling more or less like a healthy human after being sick for several days. This sickness took me by surprise just about every day. It was nothing like the sicknesses that I heard about from my friends or my kids’ friends this season so far. There’s been lots of flu and respiratory colds and tummy viruses, but mine was a new beast. With this sickness, I lost my voice for the first time in my life. I sounded like a strange creature for several days in a row, with the exception of one day. That day, I sounded like nothing because when I spoke nothing came out. Otherwise, I wasn’t terribly sick. There was no fever nor were there any chills; just a little tiredness and some sinusy stuff. The boys kept wondering why I sounded so funny. I just shrugged and tried not to talk, which is really hard when one is a homeschool mom.
In any case, I am telling you all this because today is Tuesdays with Dorie day and, though I intended to make this week’s recipe, French Apple Tart, I did not get to it. I have, however, made it numerous times in the past. It is one of my favorite recipes in the book. In fact, I made it for dessert this past Thanksgiving and thought I took a picture of it, but alas, I could not find it. That’s why, today, I am just asking you to pretend you saw it here.
I can tell you what I had planned to do with this tart. I planned to use applesauce that I canned back in October from apples we picked ourselves. The pie dough would have been replaced by either the recipe that I have developed or the pate sucree from Dorie’s other book, Baking from My Home to Yours. The pate sucree is nice because it doesn’t have to be chilled before it is pressed into the pan, saving the rolling out step. I also would have opened a jar of apple jelly that I canned to use as the glaze. It would have been a lovely tart. In fact, I know it to be an impressively beautiful and utterly delicious tart. I make it at least once a year at holiday time and it never fails to get all gobbled up. Now, I am a little sad that I didn’t make it. It’s possible that I may still gather up the energy to get it done today. Or maybe not.
In the meantime, if you want to see some pretty tarts that mine might have resembled, you can visit the Tuesdays with Dorie group or you can try making it yourself. The recipe can be found here. Otherwise, you’ll just have to pretend you saw my tart today.
Incidentally, if you were at Thanksgiving dinner with me and you took a picture of the dessert table, can you send me the picture? Thanks! Then, maybe you won’t have to pretend you saw it here!
Edited to add: yay! I have a picture of my tart for you to see below, on the right. As you can see, it really is beautiful and now you can stop doubting that I ever made it in the first place.
Now, you don’t have to use your imagination! Seriously, it’s a great tart, and I will probably be making it for years to come.