Living in a busy city means days become weeks and weeks become months. No matter if you are single, married, with or without children, life races by far too quickly as we busy our lives with work and our to-do lists. So today`s article is all about making time to enjoy a cup of tea with friends and family at home. We had such fun styling a little tea time table. Jo Cole has photographed this set up to inspire you to think `pretty` when setting your table. Dana from Danaeats has given us a recipe to encourage you to get your baking gloves out. We hope you feel motivated and excited to dust off your china sets and sit down to enjoy a cup of tea the real way.
“Tea is a hug in a cup”
Tarte Aux Pommes (French Apple Tart)
A gorgeous golden puff pastry crust, apple slices arranged beautifully and topped with butter blocks and a generous dash of sugar.. baked until gorgeously caramelised and delicious. Make this tart to seriously impress your guests.
50g unsalted butter, melted
3 tbsp. unrefined cane sugar
3 small apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced into circles
1 pinch salt
For the tart
150g unsalted butter blocks
1 cup all-purpose flour, chilled
1/4 cup ice-cold water
1/4 tsp salt
In a mixing bowl, add the flour, butter and salt. Using a fork or two knives, cut the butter into the flour, stopping once the mixture looks crumbly but even (the butter chunks should be as large as a pea). Flip the mixture over onto a floured work surface, and form a well in the center.
Pour in the ice-cold water and gradually work it into the flour and butter mixture using a wooden spoon. Knead lightly until the dough comes together into a ball, do not overwork the dough. Shape the dough into a square; you will still be able to see chunks of butter in the mixture. Fold the dough from the top and bottom (like an envelope), and dust off any excess dust. Cover and refrigerate for an hour before using. If the dough is too hard once removed from the refrigerator, let it rest for 30 minutes before using.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush the paper in a circular pattern with 1/2 of the melted butter. Sprinkle with half of the sugar.
Roll the puff pastry on a surface and cut into a 10-inch circle using a cake pan or plate as a template. Transfer the circle to the baking tray, placing it atop the buttered area.
Arrange the apple slices in an overlapping pattern on top of the puff pastry. Brush with the remaining butter, and sprinkle with a touch of salt. Place in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes. It is ready when the apple slices feel soft when pierced with a knife.
Sprinkle with remaining sugar, and place under the broiler for 2 minutes, watching closely. Remove when the sugar is caramelised.
Note: Serve the tart with vanilla ice-cream and a hot cup of tea.