I'm still finding ways to use the apples we picked at the orchard a few weeks back. Taste of Home has a Halloween cookbook out in the stores. I found this recipe for an apple tart that was easy and delicious. I hope you enjoy it.
Rustic Autumn Fruit Tart
1/2 Cup Butter, softened
4 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 1/2 Cups All-purpose Flour
2 Large Apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 Medium Pear, peeled and thinly sliced
4 1/2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Cup Orange Juice
1/3 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Apricot Jam, warmed
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually add flour, beating just until it forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate one hour.
In a large bowl, combine apples and pear. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and spices; stir in orange juice until smooth. Stir in brown sugar until well blended. Add to fruit and stir until well coated.
Roll out the chilled dough into 14" circle on floured surface. Transfer to parchment lined baking pan. Spoon filling into the center of pastry and fold edges up and over the filling leaving the center uncovered.
Bake at 375* for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Spread with warmed jam. Using parchment paper, slide tart onto wire rack and cool completely.