Ina Garten’s kitchen
I’d love to have this kitchen!
I find Ina’s style inspirational. Some time ago, I saw her bake on her TV show a French Apple Tart. Baking is not one of my strong points, so when I saw how easy and simple this recipe would be, I was all over it.
I didn’t have most of the ingredients that her recipe called for so – I winged it.
Recipe calls for 4 Granny Smith apples – well we have a golden delish tree, full – although not ripe so they are a little tart, so I used them.
I am so embarrassed to show this photo – the apples don’t look so pretty, but I can assure you they taste great. We do not spray anything on our fruit trees, hence the spots.
Recipe calls for Calvados – well our local ABC store didn’t have any. Being the sucker that I am when the clerk told me try this (Laird’s) instead, it is local – and since I love to support local, yep I fell for it. Note to self – use the rest of this stuff in your next batch of red sangria or Gluhwein, the other flavors will overpower.
Bake at 400 for about 45 minutes.
Recipe calls for apricot jelly, which I didn’t have either and substituted peach.
Now that I have confessed to all the things I fell short with this recipe – do I get points for serving it with my home-made vanilla ice cream and vanilla whip cream?
Oh and about the award – which has nothing to do with this recipe, but an honor bestowed upon me by my blogging buddy Anne, up there in Canada of Zen and Genki, please check out her blog, full of fun facts and great photos.
Anne nominated me for The Illuminated Blog Award, but I have to politely decline this honor, as I just have too much on my plate at this time – and it isn’t just Apple Tart. I sure do appreciate the thought though. So I guess, the title should really read without an award.
Credit to housebeautiful for the lovely photos of Ina’s House