Spring is for apple tarts

During the weekend, I made an apple tart for my mother's name day. I followed a simple recipe from Glykes Istories magazine with a couple of alterations. So here is my version.

Apple Tart

For the crust

  • 500 gr plain flour
  • 50 gr cocoa
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of cold water
  • 250 gr butter (from the fridge)

For the filling

  • 5 large apples
  • 50 gr butter (from the fridge), in small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon

For the glaze

  • 3 tablespoons of marmelade of your choice (I used quince puree)
  • 3 tablespoons of water

First you should prepare the crust.
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until the mixture forms a dough. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in transparent film and place it in the refrigerator for about an hour (the longer you leave the dough to rest, the better the final result should be). 

Prepare the glaze
In a small saucepan, mix the marmelade with the water. When it dissolves, drag it from the fire and let it rest. 

An hour later... 
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Peel and chop the apples.
Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out in a clean surface, until it fits your tart pan. Cut any excess pieces. Fill the tart with the apples. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and butter pieces. Bake the tart in the oven for about an hour. 

An hour later... 
Leave the tart to cold -outside the oven- for half and hour and then apply the jam with a brush over the entire surface of the tart. 

You can either serve it hot or cold. If hot with some ice-cream, if cold with a cup of warm milk.


Another Visual
Here is a beautiful video, apple tart themed, part of the mini series “The way I cook” by Mr. Porter.


One quote & a pair of shoes that changed my Sunday

Feat. Nike AirMax+ 2013

Mr. S (my boss) told me once "You don't find time to workout, you make time!". And then, few days later, I received those beautiful new trainers as a gift from Nike Running Greece.

Their pink fluo colour makes my mood brighter, while their comfortness and stability make running on the paved roads of Piraeus a lot easier. Plus, they have a tight fit so the shoe fits like a glove. Highly recommended for outdoor workout!

Next day, I woke up early, did some stretching and gone for my #makeitcount run.

Enjoy the view and imagine how peaceful is to run by the sea.