A warming apple tart with homemade ice-cream.


  • 6 brambly apples
  • 145 g plain flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 55 g sugar
  • 1 free range egg yolk
  • for the ice cream
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 500 ml cream
  • 4 free range egg yolks
  • 75 g caster sugar


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC / Gas 4.
  • To make the ice cream, split the vanilla pod in half and scoop the seeds into a pot along with the pod and the cream, bring everything to just under the boil.
  • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick.
  • Pour the hot cream over them, whisking all the time.
  • Sieve this mixture back into the pot and cook on a low heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, stirring constantly.
  • Leave to cook and churn in an ice cream machine until thick.
  • To make the pastry, mix the flour, sugar and butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the egg yolk to bind everything together and then wrap the pastry in Clingfilm.
  • Place in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • Roll the pastry on a floured surface and line each of the individual tartlet tins with the pastry, then put these back in the fridge for another 30 minutes to chill.
  • Then remove from the fridge and place some baking paper on the pastry and fill with rice grains or dried beans.
  • Bake ‘blind’ in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes until the pastry has a pale golden colour.
  • Remove the paper and the baking beans and leave the pastries to cool.
  • Peel and core the apples, and slice evenly.
  • Place them in a pot with a teaspoon of water and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  • Then remove the apple and leave to cool.
  • Fill each tartlet tin with the apple slices and sprinkle with sugar, bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve each tart with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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