I was window shopping at one of my favourite pastry shops in Torino, Perino Vesco. In the window, I spied a tart with caramelised apples melting into a creamy vanilla custard cradled by crisp pastry. About the same time, a reader was asking me about fruit and custard tarts. By happy coincidence, when I got home I realised I somehow managed to accidentally order about 3 kilos of apples. I took this series of events to be a sign that I was to make apple-based desserts. First we made a lusciously creamy apple cake with Nutella that disappeared before it had a chance to cool. Sorry no photos of that one. I’ll have to try again. I then thought I would seize the opportunity to try making the apple custard tart I saw in Torino while praying the children were too full of apple cake to demolish the tart before I had a chance to shoot it.