Warm Apple Tart and Vanilla Ice - Cream

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


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC / Gas 4.
  2. 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.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick.
  4. Pour the hot cream over them, whisking all the time.
  5. Sieve this mixture back into the pot and cook on a low heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, stirring constantly.
  6. Leave to cook and churn in an ice cream machine until thick.
  7. To make the pastry, mix the flour, sugar and butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  8. Stir in the egg yolk to bind everything together and then wrap the pastry in Clingfilm.
  9. Place in the fridge for at least one hour.
  10. 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.
  11. Then remove from the fridge and place some baking paper on the pastry and fill with rice grains or dried beans.
  12. Bake ‘blind’ in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes until the pastry has a pale golden colour.
  13. Remove the paper and the baking beans and leave the pastries to cool.
  14. Peel and core the apples, and slice evenly.
  15. Place them in a pot with a teaspoon of water and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  16. Then remove the apple and leave to cool.
  17. Fill each tartlet tin with the apple slices and sprinkle with sugar, bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  18. Serve each tart with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


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