Brown Butter Apple Tart

Ingredients

Crust
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 cup (2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg, beaten to blend
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Filling and assembly
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 firm, tart apples (such as Pink Lady or Braeburn), peeled, cored, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rings
Whipped cream
Special Equipment
11 x8x1-inch tart pan with removable bottom

Details

Preparation
Step 1

Crust

1.Coat tart pan with nonstick spray. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle, mix butter, sugar, and salt until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.

2.Add egg, cream, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add flour all at once and beat until dough almost comes together. Turn dough out onto a work surface. Knead until dough just comes together, 4-5 times. Divide dough in half; form each half into a smooth ball. Flatten into disks and wrap each disk tightly in plastic. Chill 1 disk overnight; freeze second disk for another use. Can be frozen for three months)

3.Roll out chilled dough disk between two sheets of plastic wrap, lifting and adjusting plastic as needed, until 1/8-inch thick and 2-inch wider than tart pan. Transfer dough in plastic wrap to a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes.

4.Remove top piece of plastic from dough. Invert dough into tart pan; press onto bottom and up sides. If dough is soft, chill until firm enough for remaining sheet of plastic to be removed. Trim edges of dough (patch up any holes or tears with extra dough). Chill until firm, about 1 hour.

5.Preheat oven to 350°. Line dough with parchment paper or heavy-duty foil, leaving a 1-inch-2-inch overhang. Fill paper with dried beans or pie weights. Bake tart shell just until dough has dried and does not look wet in any spots, about 20 minutes. (If center still looks wet, bake crust without weights until dried and opaque, a few minutes longer.)

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