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Sea-buckthorn and Apple Tart


  • Crust:

  • 100 g butter

  • 150 g plain/all-purpose flour

  • 1 Tbsp sugar

  • 2 Tbsp cold water

  • Filling:

  • 4-5 smaller apples, cored and sliced

  • a handful of sea-buckthorn berries

  • 7 Tbsp soft brown sugar

  • 1 Tbsp potato starch

  • 1 Tbsp dried sea-buckthorn berry powder

  • extra butter, for topping


  1. Start by making the crust.

  2. Mix flour and sugar in a bowl, add cold cubed butter and rub between your fingers until you've got fine crumbs.

  3. Add the water (start with 1 Tbsp, as that may just be enough) to bring the pastry together.

  4. Form into a flat disc and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to cool.

  5. Roll out the pastry on a slightly floured surface (or between two sheets of clingfilm) until 3-4 mm thick. Press into a 24 cm pie dish. Blind bake for 10 minutes in a 200 C oven.

  6. Remove the tart crust from the oven, cover with apples and sprinkle with sea-buckthorn berries (no need to defrost them).

  7. Mix sugar, potato starch and berry powder in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the apples. Dot with some butter.

  8. Bake in a 200 C oven for another 15-20 minutes, until the apples are softened and the sugar mixture has melted into a delicious toffee.

  9. Cool a little, then transfer to a cake stand.

  10. Dust with icing sugar before serving.


* Dried sea-buckthorn powder is exactly what it says on the packet - dried berries (incl seeds and skins), ground into a fine powder. They're full of vitamins and minerals. You can sprinkle these into your breakfast yogurt, add into fruit and berry smoothies, stir into hot cereal etc. Note: This last ingredient is unlikely to be available in the UK, but you could try asking for it in health food stores.
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