Tea and Poetry Tea Party: Easiest Apple Tart

Ode to the Apple
Pablo Neruda

You are always
more refreshing than anything
or anybody,
always newly fallen
from Paradise:
and pure
rouged cheek
of dawn!

All Neruda poetry quoted here is from the book Neruda’s Garden: An Anthology of Odes.

1 15-ounce package refrigerated unbaked pie crust (2 crusts)
6 large apples
½ cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 ½ teaspoons apple pie spice
coarse sugar

Let piecrusts stand at room temperature according to package directions. Meanwhile, core and slice peeled apples. Combine apples with water and lemon juice and toss to coat.

Stir together the ½ cup sugar, flour and spice in a large mixing bowl, Drain apples well; add to sugar mixture and toss gently to coat. Set aside.

Unfold one piecrust. Place on a lightly floured surface. Unfold the second crust and place on top of the first. Roll the two crusts together from center to edge, forming a circle about 14 inches in diameter. Ease the pasty into a 9-inch pie plate, letting pastry extend over the edge.

Spoon apple filling into the pie. Fold the pastry up and over the filling, pleating the pastry to fit. Brush pastry with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Cover the edge of the pie with foil to prevent over browning.

Bake in a 375ยบ oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake about 30 minutes more or till crust is golden. Cool slightly on a wire rack. About 8 servings.