Accidental Apple Pie!


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Many of you have noticed my absence over the past few weeks, this is due to the fact that, I, like most others at this time of the year, have been very busy (and still am!)
Not in the least to say that I am preparing an extended trip to the UK, so quite a lot of organising to be done!
That said, I was sad to say ‘au revoir’ today to some of my favourite and best students, a group of lovely ladies who have made going to work a pleasure.

We decided to finish half an hour early (and stay half an hour late) and each bring a dish to share a light lunch together – I opted to make a quiche, but being short on time I did what I almost never do, and bought ready made pastry…….I hear you gasp in horror………
My ignorance in buying ready made pastry shone through and I bought ‘Paté  brisée’ which is, I discovered on opening the packet, a sweet variety used for fruit tarts and definitely not quiche! A mistake that I did not discover until after the shops had closed.

Armed with only one apple, I hastily set about making ‘something out of nothing’ which is quite often the case with my cooking.
But ‘All’s well that ends well ‘ and the result was quite delicious (though the pastry not up to my usual standard – see Frangipan Tarte aux Poires et Chocolat’ for how to make the perfect pastry………for how to make the perfect pastry….

Filling only

1 large sweet apple (you can use more, but 1 is all that I had)

1 Tablespoon of jam (I used ‘abricots rouges’ but regular apricot is fine)

2 Table spoons of castor sugar

1 Tablespoon of vanilla sugar

2 medium free range eggs

1/2 pt / 250mls milk

A good sprinkle of nutmeg


Line a tart dish with the pastry and ‘blind bake’ for 7 minutes

Core and finely slice the apple, sprinkle with lemon juice to stop discolouration and set aside

Beat the eggs and sugar together then add the milk

Remove the pastry from the oven and spread the jam evenly over the base

Arrange the apple slices on top of the jam and sprinkle with the vanilla sugar, return to the oven and bake for a further 3 minutes

Remove from the oven and pour over the ‘custard’ mixture and sprinkle the nutmeg over the top

Bake for a further 25 minutes, or until the custard is just set

I think that this tart is best eaten when it has been allowed to cool little  or even cold.


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As we will not be here over the Christmas period, it was not worth decorating a real tree, so we have just got a little fibre optic one on a small table by the window – but it is quite pretty.
Also as this may be my last post for a while, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. See you in 2016




23 thoughts on “Accidental Apple Pie!

  1. Osyth says:

    What a fortunate mistake! You might never have thought to make this scrummy accident if you hadn’t been so pressed for time. I am smitten and definitely going to try this when I am still for a moment. It is, as you say, such a busy time of year and those of us with family afar have to have positively military precision in the organising of visits. Or at least I like to think I do 😉 Have a wonderful Christmas and a fabby dabby New Year knees-up and I look forward to ‘seeing’ you when you come up for air. It is such a pleasure to have found you. I remain, a devoted fan xx

  2. lindaravello says:

    Ha ha thank you I seriously just knocked it together while the cabbage was steaming!
    As I am planning on staying on in my flat for at least 6 weeks, it is even more crazy than usual, with extra clothes and some household items, so I do not have to buy too much over there, though I feel that IKEA is going to feature heavily……. plus I may not have the net immediately so I could go off radar for a while.
    But the good news is that you are planning a trip to Liverpool before the 13th February then I will cook you a starter main and dessert of choice from on here……now there’s tempting…….
    P.S. The Kiss of the ‘slideshow’ strikes again – you have created a monster

  3. patcim says:

    your accidental apple pie was very good, seriously!
    we were also sad to tell you “au revoir” but we’ll be very happy to see you again on february 16th.
    I wish you a merry christmas and a sweet new year 2016!
    Best regards
    Pat Patty Patinette Trish Trishia ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺🎄🎄🎄🎁

  4. lindaravello says:

    Hi there – I am just home, we are leaving very early Sunday morning, but have A LOT to sort out – we are getting married in the UK in April and must give notice while we are over as you must be resident for 10 days before the notice is issued. So there is loads of paperwork as Marc is French and I myself have not been resident for over 6 years!.
    I am going to try and get all my documents in order, then have a bath and wash my hair (as I did not this morning as I have a stinking cold, so just tied my hair up t not go out wit it damp, then it is cup of tea and read your last posts – I think I am two behind, but tell me if there is more. I have Rachel’s Sunday morning paper to read also.
    I think we are both asters out of making do with what we have at hand…..
    Speak to you later xxx

    • lindaravello says:

      Ha ha glad you like it, I am at my daughters now and have not switched on my computer for 8 days!
      I actually made this yesterday with Brie and cranberry – it was awesome – even though I do say it myself xxx

    • lindaravello says:

      Thank you SO much – it has been manic trying to sort out my flat – the things that you do not realise that you do not have until you come to use them……….I still have no phone or internet (Christmas holidays and no-one is working until the 4th of January) Hence you have not heard from me – but I have some reverse culture shock stories lined up for when I am up and running again…….
      I wish you peace, joy and good health for 2016
      Speak soon
      LIndy xxx

    • lindaravello says:

      Ah Lynz, me too, I miss you, I have no internet (or phone) at my flat, so am taking this opportunity while I am at Tasia’s to reply to you (but as it is New Years Eve I do not have the time to read all your latest posts (let me know which you consider the most essential for me)
      All is going well, but it has been quite tiring and a little stressful as you can imagine. Wedding plans are progressing nicely and I have found a lovely white gold and diamond wedding ring.
      I will be writing a post on the reverse culture shock that I am experiencing when I get the net and am a little more settled after the Christmas holidays.
      Much love to you my lovely friend across the ocean and I wish you all that is good for 2016
      Speak sooon
      Lindy xxx

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