The Best Apple Pie I Ever Ate

I am usually not a huge fan of apple pies, but we were talking about it with friends this week and my boyfriend made me understand that he wanted one… so I tried a new receipe, I wanted something a bit different. And I found this receipe in the Magnolia Bakery book I got from my last trip in New York:

Apple Tart with Hazelnut Brown Sugar Topping. DELICIOUS. A perfect desert for Autumn.

I now know which desert I am gonna make for Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and…

Here is the recipe for you!

Apple Tart with Hazelnut Brown Sugar Topping: (from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook by Allysa Torey & Jennifer Appel)

Ingredients for topping:
– ¾ cup all-purpose flour
– ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
– 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
– ½ cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts

For the filling:
– 3 cups thinly sliced tart apples
– ⅓ cup sugar
– 1 tablespoon flour
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the crust:
– 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– 1 large egg, at room temperature
– 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
– 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon baking powder

Instructions:
– Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
– Make the topping: In a medium-size bowl, mix together the flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the hazelnuts and, using your hands, toss until all the ingredients are well combined. Set aside.
– Make the filling: Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently until the fruit is evenly coated. Set aside.
– Make the crust: In a large bowl, on the low speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and egg yolk, and mix well. Add the flour and baking powder, and beat until just combined.
– Gather the dough into a ball and on a lightly floured surface, roll it out to fit a 10-inch tart pan. Fit the dough into the pan and trim the edge flush with the rim of the pan.
– Transfer the fruit filling into the crust and sprinkle the brown sugar topping evenly over the fruit. Place the tart on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 to 2 hours. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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