apple crostata with walnuts and dulce de leche sauce
1 crostata crust (recipe follows)
6 green apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
"for the crostata crust... put the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. pulse a few times to combine. add the butter and process until the butter is the size of peas (between 10-15 pulses). with the motor running, add the ice water all at once through the feed tube. keep hitting the pulse button to combine, but stop the machine just before the dough comes together. turn the dough out onto a well-floured board, roll it into a ball, cut in half, and form into 2 flat disks. wrap the disks in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour. if you only need one dough, freeze the second disk." instructions from the barefoot contessa..
**a note about dulce de leche** if you have never tried this stuff you have no idea what you are missing..go out and buy a jar immediately..dulce de leche is a south american version of milk caramel sauce..but it is nothing like caramel sauces i have had before. most people i know have a hard time actually using it in recipes..they open the jar, take a spoonful..swoon..and keep eating it until the jar is empty.. (i have been known to do this on occasion!!) try some on the crostata..you could use another kind of caramel sauce..or skip it and eat as is..it is delicious plain..but adding the dulce de leche takes it to another level..try it..and please let me know what you think...
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