Disclosure: As a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network, I was asked to participate in the #iloveambrosia campaign. I was compensated for my time and gifted a dozen Ambrosia apples. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog! I would say that apples are a staple in our house. I always have a bowl of them on the counter, and we often eat them with peanut butter as a snack. I also love to dice them up very small and put them on my oatmeal with some cinnamon sugar. When we think of pie in our house, we think of apple pie, because that’s our favorite.
When I was asked if I wanted to develop a recipe using Ambrosia apples, I said yes, of course, because I love apples. But I was also intrigued. I’d never heard of Ambrosia apples before! And I consider myself somewhat of an apple expert! We often purchase Fuji apples, Honeycrisp, Gala, etc…but I had not heard of Ambrosia apples. As I read up on Ambrosia apples, I found out that this variety is only ten years old, and was created the old fashioned way – by a chance seedling in an orchard in Canada.
When I received my box of Ambrosia apples, I immediately noticed how beautiful they were. Ambrosia apples have bright pinkish red skin over a creamy background. Of course we sampled some right away, and we were blown away with how sweet and crisp they were! I had to remind Darryl that I needed to save some of these delicious apples for the recipe! The natural sweetness of these apples makes them ideal for desserts – you can reduce the amount of sugar you normally use and let the sweet taste of Ambrosia apples shine through. Each apple has about 100 calories and about 20% of the fiber that you need for the day, making it a tasty and healthy snack.
I decided to make an Ambrosia Apple Crumble Tart. We were in the mood for an apple dessert, and it was a toss-up between a pie and a crumble, so I thought, why not combine the two?
I was so pleased with the way that these apples held up in the pie. They held together very well and were not mushy. The flavor of this Ambrosia apple tart was delicious! We had guests over and everyone loved this dessert.
Ambrosia Apple Crumble Tart.
A tasty apple tart topped with a delicious sugary crumble!
Author: The Pretty Bee
Recipe type: Dessert
- For the crust:
- 1 cup spelt flour
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ Tablespoon sugar
- ⅓ cup cold vegan buttery spread
- 3-4 Tablespoons cold water
- For the filling:
- 4 Ambrosia apples, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger
- For the crumble topping:
- ½ cup spelt flour
- 1 cup whole oats
- ⅔ cup light brown sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 Tablespoons vegan buttery spread, cut into small chunks
- Make the crust: In a large bowl, combine the spelt flour, salt, and sugar. Add the buttery spread and mix using a pastry cutter.
- Add the cold water a little bit at a time and mix until the dough just comes together.
- Flatten the dough into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Place dough in the freezer for one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a surface with wax paper and sprinkle flour on top. Flour the rolling pin as well. Roll out the dough into a 16 inch circle if you are using a 12 inch tart pan. You can adjust the size of your dough to fit the pan you have.
- Put the dough into the tart pan and press it into the sides, removing any excess. Prick the bottom all over with a fork, then bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- While the tart bakes, combine the Ambrosia apples with the cinnamon, ginger, and sugar and set aside.
- In a large bowl, place the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon and mix together. Add the vegan buttery spread and mix using a pastry cutter until the mixture becomes a crumb topping.
- Remove the crust from the oven and fill with the apples and then place the crumble on top.
- Bake the tart at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
- Let cool before serving.
Ambrosia apples are non-GMO (as are all US grown apples). They can be found in most major supermarkets from November to March, so they are a delicious addition to holiday dessert recipes.
Have you ever tried Ambrosia apples?