Fridays are Funky Phonome days at Little Miss 4's preschool. For tomorrow all the children have been instructed to bring something beginning with 'A' that they can tell a story about. As food is such an important feature of our family life, Amelia chose to bring an 'A' treat. Having made it together, she will have plenty to tell her little buddies at sharing time.
4oz caster sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons jam - I used gooseberry, but apricot would be just as good
Preheat the oven to 175deg. C.
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and beat again. Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder.
Wrap the pastry and chill while you prepare the apples.
Peel, core and slice the apples.
The Man-of-the-House taught LM4 how to cut things up with a chef's knife.
Put the slices into a bowl of water and lemon juice so they don't brown during preparation time.
Take the pastry from the fridge and roll it onto a sheet of baking paper with plastic wrap on top of the pastry. This will stop it sticking to the bench and rolling pin.
Once rolled to the correct size, remove the plastic wrap and gently press the pastry and baking paper into the tin.
Once the pastry is rolled, dry the apples in a tea towel and combine with the extra caster sugar and cinnamon.
Arrange the apples into the pastry shell and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the pastry and apples are golden brown.
Check the pastry is cooked in the centre as you don't want a soggy bottom.
Let the tart cool a little. Sieve the jam and liberally spread it over the tart top to give it a lovely glossy finish.
The best parts of all - sampling the mixture and licking the spoon.
LM4 just loves taking tasty treats to share with her buddies.