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Apple "flag" Tart

Ingredients & Directions

2 c All-purpose flour
1/4 c Sugar
1 ts Salt
1 ts Cinnamon
1 1/2 Sticks cold unsalted butter;
-cut into bits (3/4
; cup)
1/4 c Cold water; up to 1/3
5 lg Golden Delicious; Fuji, or
; apples (about 2 1/2
; pounds)
1 1/2 c Fresh or frozen; (not
; cranberries
1 c Sugar

1/4 c Red-currant jelly
1/4 c Apple jelly

Make pastry dough:

In a bowl stir together flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. With a
pastry blender or fingertips blend in butter, blending until mixture
resembles coarse meal. Add cold water to mixture, 1 tablespoon at a
time, tossing to incorporate until mixture forms a dough. On a work
surface smear dough in several forward motions with heel of hand to
develop gluten in flour and make dough easier to work with. Scrape
dough together and pat into an 8- by 6-inch rectangle. Chill dough,
wrapped in plastic wrap, 30 minutes.

Reserve 1 apple for making stars. Peel, quarter, and core remaining 4
apples and cut lengthwise into scant-1/4-inch slices.

For stars, stand reserved apple on its stem end and starting from the
outside, cut scant-1/4-inch vertical slices, rotating apple to cut
more slices as you reach the core. With a 1 1/4-inch star-shaped
cutter, cut out as many whole stars as possible from slices and then
cut partial stars from scraps.

In a food processor pulse fresh or frozen cranberries with 3/4 cup
sugar until chopped fine.

Preheat oven to 400F.

On a lightly floured surface roll dough into 1 17-by 14-inch
rectangle and transfer to a large baking sheet. Hand-roll the edges 1
inch toward center to make a raised border and spread cranberry
mixture inside. Arrange apple slices lengthwise, overlapping them, in
close horizontal rows (apples will shrink slightly during baking) to
resemble stripes on an American flag, leaving a space in the
upper-left corner for stars. Arrange partial stars in corner and top
with whole stars. Brush pastry edge with water and sprinkle remaining
1/4 cup sugar over entire tart.

Bake tart 50 minutes, or until apples are tender and pastry is golden
brown. Cool tart on baking sheet on a rack.

Make glaze:

In a small saucepan melt jellies over moderate heat, stirring
frequently until smooth.

Brush hot glaze over warm tart. Serve tart warm or at room

1 servings

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