Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Holiday Brunch

While Katie will take you through the do's and dont's of having a holiday brunch, I will just offer a great tart recipe that is easy and perfect for brunch. This Apple Danish Tart is another recipe from the Pillsbury Fall Baking Booklet (where I found those awesome cranberry apple butter bars). I meant to post this last week but we ended up going out of town (maybe you can guess where from the few photos below). I will have an onslaught of holiday baking and cooking gifts, ideas and recipes coming in the next few weeks - I can't wait! Onto the recipe...

Apple Danish Tart (adapted from Pillsbury Fall Baking Booklet)
1 pie crust (I made my usual - Martha's tart pastry, but the recipe recommends store-bought roll-out dough which is fine too)
2 golden delicious apples and 1 macoun apple, diced (about 2 1/2 cups - granny smith would work well too)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons milk

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Pre-heat a sheet pan as well so the tart pan will have something to go on while baking. Prepare tart pan (removable bottom) with prepared dough (either store-bought or homemade).

2. In microwavable bowl, mix apples, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Microwave uncovered on high for 2 minutes and stir. Microwave 1-2 minutes longer, stirring once, until apples are slightly soft.

3. In another bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, the vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Spread this mixture over the bottom of the tart crust. Top evenly with apple mixture. The apples don't completely cover the mixture because the cream cheese bubbles up a bit through the apples while cooking.

4. Bake 32 to 37 minutes or until filling is set, apples are tender and crust is light golden brown. Cool on cooling rack and then refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

5. Before serving, mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon milk. Stir in additional milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle glaze over tart and serve. Perfect as a dinner dessert or for brunch! If you love danish, this definitely tastes like a danish or apple cheesecake tart.

Here are a few pics from our weekend. We had a great time - definitely did some relaxing and checked out all the awesome spots to eat & drink :). Now we're back to get ready for the holidays!

Check out this salsa spread!
If the 2nd pic didn't clue you in, I'll give it away...


Tammi said...

I am a new reader to your blog and I just love it! Anyhow, I am sure you have a fancy shmancy camera, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions, as I am on a hunt for a good digital camera, without paying a fortune..any tips? I just love how clear your pics are! You capture beautiful photos..Thanks!

Jade said...

Hi Tammi! I have some decent camera equipment (I'm a wedding photographer :), but you don't need fancy stuff to take great food shots. I would go with any of the small Canon elph/powershot cameras. They are great. If you want to spend a bit more - try for a Canon rebel which will give you more control over your pics and the ability to buy other lenses if you like.

In general, using natural light instead of flash will help your photos and getting close up to the dishes rather than shooting with a lot of distracting backgrounds...

Feel free to drop me a line with any other questions - I'm happy to help out -

Joelen said...

Looks great Jade! Gorgeous pics as usual :)

shopannies said...

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Anonymous said...

Awww! You are so sweet, Jade! :) OMGOSH! I LOVE apple!! This tart looks fabulous!! And mmm...salsa. It's like crack to me. haha. I think I may have to make this soon! yum!

Colleen said...

The tart looks delicious! And store-bought pie crust makes me happy lol.