I was able to give my dad his Father’s Day baked goods while I was in CT last week, since today I’m back up home in MA, and my dad is out and about visiting my grandma and other friends in the Mid-Atlantic.
But it’s ok, really. My dad is a very simple man. Before my baking obsession struck, the usual question of “what do you want for Father’s Day/your birthday/Christmas?” was met with virtually the same list of items year in and year out.
Socks, tennis balls, and/or a new grill cover. Simple, no? I swear I’ve gotten him like three grill covers and they all seem to fall apart or disappear.
Now that I can’t get myself to stop baking, I try to make him special items when these times roll around. They usually involve chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Nothing less for the man who I find myself resembling as I get older. The man I’d call when my car wouldn’t start, when I got my heart broken or when I needed a another pair of eyes to edit an essay. Thanks Dad, for all you’ve done, and all you do.
And to all the dads out there, I dedicate this tart. I know apples aren’t “in season” (hey, apples are always in season somewhere in the country), but I’ve wanted to make this tart for a while, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with buying cider during springtime.
The dough of this tart is sweeter than traditional pie dough, and I almost ended up snacking on bits of it while making the lattice. The cider is reduced and turned into a lovely layer of spiced custard, which pairs wonderfully with the sweet dough, creating a treat worthy of all Dads on their special day. Happy Father’s Day!
Adapted from Cherry Tea Cakes