Apple Crumble Tarts and Caravan Travel
During Easter and on some long weekends, my parents towed the caravan to Kiama. The south coast of New South Wales in Australia, is a cool and rainy place in March and April . In the confined space of the caravan my three sisters and I tended to get on each others nerves. There was a bit of pulling hair and a lot of pushing! I remember the dampness and the condensation on small caravan windows, and the sound of the waves hitting a deserted and soggy beach.
The car must have seemed the only respite for them, although 4 children in the back of a car hardly encourages peace. Pinching and elbowing were common. A very homely bakery at Warilla Mall often proved a relief for them……..our mouths were stuffed and hands occupied.
Even now , so many years after growing up, I can remember what each person in my family liked. My Mother always loved cream buns, my older sister a vanilla slice the middle sister a neenish tart and the youngest, a sausage roll, Dad always had things we considered to be disgusting like rum balls or marzipan. My weakness was Apple Tarts, and still is, I always feel like Apple Tarts. The specimens sold at Warrilla Mall were the sort that had pale anaemic pastry on the bottom and apples that were diced, but I was yet to try any thing more upmarket.
This excursion always concluded in K-Mart where we tried our hardest to talk one of our parents into buying us anything….. which never happened
Last week when I was at Brasserie Bread , and was inspired by their little apple crumble tarts, the up market version of my childhood visits to Warrilla Mall.
There was never a question that I would cook some of my own.
I was asked to make morning tea for a sales meeting , so this is what they got. My Apple Crumble Tarts, inspired by Brasserie Bread.
Fresh tangy apple and crunchy shortbread crumbs , Yum.
- 180 gram butter softened
- 40 gram icing sugar pure, sifted
- 2 whole egg yolks large
- 350 gram plain flour
- 50 gram almond meal
- 25 ml water approx 1 Tblsp
- 120 gram brown sugar
- 120 gram butter diced
- 160 gram flour
- 3 whole apples medium tart, peeled, diced
- 40 ml water 2 Tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon lemon Juice
- 40 gram caster sugar granulated, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or a vanilla bean
Brasserie Bread 1737 Botany Rd