Free-Form Apple Tart
Sam Mogannam's wife, Anne Walker, usually makes this dessert with Arkansas Black apples--an heirloom variety--from Mogannam's parents' orchard near Sacramento. The dense, tart apples are harvested late in the season, making them a good Thanksgiving choice. Granny Smiths are an easier-to-find alternative.
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