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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Jean Charles LeBeau Christens Our New Kitchen With His French Apple Tart

You mix - sugar - flour - European butter - into a batter. 

About 3 years ago we met Jean Charles when he was fresh off the plane from Paris. He came to FSU to study Sports Psychology and he needed a place to stay. He has been a good friend ever since. During that first year - he showed up on our doorstep at 8 PM with a birthday present for me - a French apple tart he made from scratch in the old brick house kitchen. We always teased him that we would like to learn how to do it.

Today - just 2 days after my birthday - he remembered. He came to visit us and see our new home. We had all the ingredients ready hoping for him to show up. Here is a step by step story on how it is done.

Then you shape it in a metal tart pan. 

Then you cut 3 large apples into very thin slices.

Lulu helped peel and slice the apples.

JC showed us how to arrange the apple slices.

You have to make sure the slices are evenly spaced to hold up the coming batter.

Lulu added a few slices in the center.

JC then spread the mix of sugar - egg - and whatever - evenly over the apple slices.

While it baked in the gas oven - we watch FSU basketball get beaten at Maryland.

Here is the finished product. Egg- butter - sugar - flour - apples - that's it.

Then I took over - and ate it. 

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