Thursday, August 16, 2012

Meet Leigh and her Apple Custard Tart!

While I'm away on vacation, I'm so excited to have a few lovely guest posters. Leigh is my first and I am so happy she agreed to post over here! She is so sweet and has the most adorable babies. She also knows her way around the kitchen... those kids and boyfriend of hers are very lucky! Obviously I love desserts so Leigh has prepared something pretty awesome for you all. 

First let me start off by saying I am so incredibly jealous of Alyssa for getting to vacation with Mickey & Minnie Mouse and all the princesses!  I have an almost 3 year old little girl who would be beside herself with glee to go see Cinderella's castle;  and I mean she would probably pass out because she forgot to breathe ecstatic.
Make sure to take a picture with the Princesses just for her, Alyssa!

I'm so excited that Alyssa is letting me guest post while she's away, and boy do I have a treat in store for y'all!  But before I do that, I bet you'd like to know who the heck I am.

My name's Leigh and I get comfy over at Adventures in the Fort.  In a nutshell, I write about our life.  I've got 2 extremely busy little babies, who aren't so little anymore, and a wonderful boyfriend.  We reside in the most exciting city in the great state of Texas, Fort Worth, and there is always some kind of new adventure going on for us to get in the middle of.  I love feeling pretty, drinking sweet tea, and making/eating desserts.

What I'm going to share with y'all today is hands down, the best dessert to make when you're really trying to impress people.  You know when I'm talking about;  high stakes family functions...dinner parties...guest posting on someone's blog...I could go on, but I digress.
With fall and party season quickly approaching, this is the perfect time to make this decadence.
First you've gotta have a crust.  I highly suggest this recipe for a Sweet Pastry Crust I posted a few days ago, but you could always just use a store bought one which would make things much simpler...but remember, you are trying to impress someone(s) so the extra effort is well worth it.
Once you've gotten your crust together, you've got to glaze it.  This will keep it from getting soggy when the custard is poured in.  I used fig preserves because I had them on hand, but apricot works out all right too.
See the difference?
This is the hard part.  Peeling and slicing apples, 3 Granny Smith to be exact.
Here's a funny story.

That's right.  I peeled and sliced waaaay too many apples.  
Wanna know when I realized it?  Right now.  As I'm typing this.
So save yourself some time and only use 3 apples instead of 5.
Go cook your apples

Now for the custard!
At this point I would also probably preheat my oven to 350 degrees and put a rack in the middle.
Make sure while you whisk constantly while adding the hot liquid to the paste or you will end up with scrambled eggs.  And that is not tasty in a tart.
This is the part that will really make your tart look impressive.

Sprinkle the stop with cinnamon sugar and pop that sucker in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the custard has set up and the top is a glorious brown color.
Let me tell you how fabulous your home will smell while this is cooking.
It is so enchanting I almost forgot to listen for my kids...
then I realized they were being too quiet...
then I found this...
Twenty seven minutes and a Resolve-d carpet later, voila!
You can now impress all your friends and family with a dessert fit for royalty.
For the full recipe, click here and visit Joy of Baking.

Oh my gosh. That looks amazing. 
I can't wait to try this recipe... or maybe I'll just have to pay Leigh a visit because I don't think I could make something that pretty!
Don't worry, Leigh, I'll get plenty of princess pictures for Pretty Girl :)
You'll have to follow my Instagram (@alyssalianne24) for pictures of princesses and much more!
Thanks again, Leigh!
Don't forget to pay lovely Leigh a visit @ Adventures in the Fort!


  1. Thanks for having me post! I can't wait to see pictures! When you get back, I've got a nice little award for you. :)

  2. nice guest post! too funny about the kids doing their own "baking" while you weren't looking...

  3. This looks delicious! It's making me hungry!!!

  4. Hahaha! My son would do the same's always nice when they're being quiet until you realize they are being quiet. Then the moment is ruined, and it's usually a disaster. :) Great recipe! I will have to try.


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