We had one set of the Missionary Sisters serving in our area to supper the other night. (We have two sets of Sisters and one of Elders, and we try to feed each set once a month!) We do love to feed them and spend time with them. Its a very small thing to do and they very much appreciate it. I like to think that if I had a son or a daughter serving on a mission in another part of the world, people would be kind to them too.
Generally speaking if they are from North America, I try to give them a little taste of home away from home . . . so this time I made my Meatloaf Pie for them, along with roasted garlic mash and some vegetables and salad. I think they enjoyed. At least I hope that they did. They ate it all up at any rate!
For dessert I wanted to make something which would showcase the lovely apples we grow on our own apple tree. These are a dessert apple . . . and I am really bad because I can't remember what the name of them is, only that they were a variety of apple that was good for both eating and cooking.
I decided to make an apple crostata. A crostata is an Italian type of free form tart, usually composed of a filling placed on a round of pastry, the edge folded partially over the filling, and then baked. Crisply crusted and delicious, they can be either savory or sweet. Needless to say this one was sweet.
(I do make a delicious savoury one with spinach, peas and gruyere, which is really tasty too.)
I like the rustic look of these free form tarts. This one has a crisp sweet pastry base, and a buttery crumble topping. It went down a real treat, cut into wedges and served with a dollop of creme fraiche.
Ice cream, pouring cream, or custard would go very well also. In any case . . . there were no complaints. We had the leftovers today for our lunch and, although the base had softened a tiny bit from sitting, it was still delicious. Best on the day, but still good a day later. I don't know about you, but that spells winner to me!
*Spiced Apple Crostata*
For the filling:
Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7. Have ready a large baking sheet.
Allow to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Dust with some icing sugar prior to serving if desired.