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Apple pie in an hour? As easy as it is delicious

  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.  This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H. This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour. The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.  This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H. This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour. The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.   This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H. This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour. The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.   This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H. This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour. The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.  This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H. This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour. The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.  This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.  This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.   This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.   This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows an autumn apple tart in Concord, N.H.  This easy apple tart uses a fuss-free crust that comes together in under an hour.  The filling is gently cooked on the stovetop, so the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

As satisfying as it is to eat freshly picked apples straight up and unadorned, the chill of fall makes it equally tempting to head back to the kitchen and bake them into a pie.

But that’s where most people get tripped up. They fear a fussy pie crust. They loath a long baking time or a persnickety filling. So here’s an easy apple tart that uses a fuss-free crust and comes together in under an hour. Even better – because the filling is only gently cooked on the stovetop, the apples retain more of their crisp, fresh, just-picked flavor.

EASY AUTUMN APPLE TART

14 tablespoons (13∕4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1∕2 cup granulated sugar

1∕2 teaspoon salt, divided

13∕4 cups all-purpose flour

4 apples, peeled, cored, sliced

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1∕4 cup packed brown sugar

1∕4 cup apple cider

1∕2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon water

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 11-inch
removable bottom tart pan with baking spray.

In a food processor, combine the butter, sugar and 1∕4 teaspoon of the salt. Pulse several times. Add the flour and pulse to combine, scraping down the sides of the work bowl as needed. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan. Press the dough evenly across the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Poke the bottom all over with a fork. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

While the crust bakes, make the filling. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the apples, vinegar, brown sugar, cider, cinnamon and remaining 1∕4 teaspoon salt. Cook, gently stirring to promote even cooking but without breaking the apples, until just tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

In a small glass, mix together the cornstarch and water. Add to the apples and cook, stirring gently, for 2 minutes, or until thickened.

When the crust and apples are cooked, spoon the apples into the crust, arranging them in concentric circles if desired. Pour any extra juices over the surface of the apples.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 12.

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