This is an apple tart for taking the chill off a cold autumnal evening. It comes from Normandy, where the salty wind off the sea can whip right through the warmest clothes. Normandy, France’s dairy land, where the fresh cream is as sublime as it comes. Normandy, where apple trees dot the countryside, and the apple tart is as French as, well, apple pie is American. In this tart, the apples are blanketed in a sauce of fresh cream, egg yolks and sugar. The result, as my student Louise would say, is simply divine.
Tarte aux pommes normande / Normandy apple tart
If you want to go all the way with this experience, you can serve yourself a little glass of calva with your slice of apple tart. Calva being calvados, the apple brandy that also hails from Normandy. Sitting by the fireside, enjoying the tart with the brandy warming you all over, you can almost hear the lapping of the Normandy waves.
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