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Christmas Apple Puff Tart Recipe

Apple Puff Tart Photo : Karen E Photography

Apple Puff Tart
Photo : Karen E Photography

Christmas Recipe Six
Red Wine Poached Apple Puff Tart

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

I’m ringing the changes and giving you two columns during December. They are about festive-season recipes so cannot be published on the last Saturday of the month as is usual. I shall showcase six recipes today and another six next Saturday - December 22, 2012. The format I have chosen is to highlight the 12 days before Christmas and start with what needs to be done first, working down to the last-minute items which have to be done on the day - the final preparations and putting everything together. African inspired, traditional recipes! I challenge one to get the traditional recipes correct before venturing off into the unknown. Nothing can be better than a chilled glazed gammon in this hot African sun.

    Christmas means fruit-preserved, crystallised, fresh, baked, grilled for hot Summer menus. Serve this rich buttery dessert with a homemade Amarula ice cream.

    Puff Tart

    Yields: 12 0r 6 Large Portions


    • 6 Apples, peeled, decored and cut in half or quarters depending on apple size
    • 2 Star Anise
    • 125ml Treacle Sugar
    • 2 Bay Leaves, fresh
    • 200ml Orange Juice
    • 1 Lemon, cut in quarters
    • 1 Orange, cut in quarters
    • 750ml Red Wine

    Extras :

    • 1 roll Puff Pasty, I do recommend making your own as nothing can compare to this
    • 2 Egg Yolks, lightly whisked
    • Honey


    1. Put all ingredients into a pot and simmer for about ten minutes.
    2. Leave the apples over night in the refrigerator to absorb and infuse.
    3. Remove these apples from red wine mixture and place on paper towelling so excess moisture is remove.
    4. Change paper when necessary and leave them on this paper for as long as possible-over night would be ideal.
    5. Cut a nice size round of puff pastry (9cm cutter), glaze with egg yolk, top with an apple piece and a drizzle of honey.
    6. Oven bake at 200°C until the puff pastry is fully cooked.
    7. Serve hot with below amarula ice cream.

    Amarula Ice Cream

    Yields: about 1.5 litres


    • 175ml Amarula liqueur
    • 1 litre cream
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 250g white sugar


    1. Heat the Amarula and cream in a pot.
    2. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar well. Add the warm cream to the egg mixture and mix well.
    3. Return mixture to the stove and cook in a double boiler to form custard. Strain and cool overnight.
    4. Churn in an ice cream machine. If an ice cream machine isn't available place chilled mixture into freezer.
    5. Whisk every 30 minutes until frozen to create a light, fluffy ice cream.

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Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713