Glenfiddich 12YO X Apple Tart

Glenfiddich 12YO

Carefully matured in finest American oak and European oak sherry casks for at least 12 years, it is mellowed in oak marrying tuns to create its sweet and subtle oak flavors.

Taste: Characteristic sweet, fruity notes. Develops into butterscotch, cream, malt and subtle oak flavors.

Enjoyed: Neat at room temperature, Highball with Soda & Pear Slice.

Pairing: French Apple Tart, Smoked Steelhead Trout, Manchego Cheese.



  • For the Pastry Dough
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (cold, cut into bits)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Water (cold)
  • For the Pastry Cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring)
  • For the Apple Layer
  • 5 apples (preferably firm and tart)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • For the Glaze
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or water)

Make the Pastry Dough

Ingredients for tart ingredients

  1. Gather the ingredients
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add the butter and work it into the flour mixture with your fingers or a pastry cutter.
  4. Work in the egg yolk until the mixture looks like a fine meal.
  5. Then use a fork to stir in ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough can be gathered together and pressed into a ball.
  6. Shape and flatten the dough into a smooth disc shape, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Make the Pastry Cream

Ingredients for cream

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.
  3. Whisk in the flour and cornstarch until smooth; set aside.
  4. In a saucepan, heat the milk with vanilla bean almost to boiling.
  5. Remove the vanilla bean, then slowly and gradually whisk the milk into the egg mixture.
  6. Strain the mixture back into the saucepan. Bring heat to a boil, whisking or stirring constantly while the mixture thickens and reaches a boil. Continue cooking for another half minute while stirring, then remove from the heat.
  7. Lay a piece of plastic film on the surface of the pastry cream and allow it to cool completely before using or chilling.

Assemble and Bake the Tart

Ingredients for french apple tart

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C).
  3. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.
  4. Place the slices in a bowl and toss gently with the sugar and cinnamon.
  5. If the apples start to brown, you can toss in a tablespoon of lemon juice.
  6. Roll out the pastry and fit into a 9-inch tart pan, trimming the excess dough.
  7. Spread the pastry cream across the bottom of the pastry shell.
  8. Arrange the apple slices in a pattern over the pastry cream and dot the apples with tiny bits of butter.
  9. Wrap strips of aluminum foil around the edges of the tart pan to protect the crust from burning.
  10. Bake the tart in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes.
  11. Remove the foil, and continue baking for another 10 minutes, or until the apples and crust are nicely colored.
  12. Remove the tart to a rack to cool.
  13. While the tart is still warm, heat the apricot jam with the lemon juice until boiling.
  14. Strain the mixture.
  15. Then use a pastry brush to apply the apricot glaze over the apples.
  16. Refrigerate the tart when it has cooled completely.
  17. Serve chilled or at room temperature.