Fennel Pollen Apple Roti Tart

Fennel Pollen Apple Roti Tart

Fennel Pollen Apple Roti Tart

Hey! How are you all doing? We have just a few short weeks before our big move back to India, so things are pretty crazy around here. We sold some of our furniture and gave away the rest of our stuff that we had accumulated over the years. Surprisingly I did not feel much of anything to see them go, except an unexpected sense of relief. The kid was quite confused when they hauled the sofa away but immediately reveled in all the new space he had to run around!
I am trying not to let go of most of my kitchen stuff though, and that is what I am packing first, forget clothes and shoes! My baking pans are covered in bubble-wrap and packed away in suitcases and I am itching to bust them out, and bake one last time before we leave.

Today we had to make a trip up to the city, so we also took a short drive up to take one more look at this:
Golden Gate Bridge, SF

(I didn't take my camera along so this picture is from an earlier trip up to the breathtaking Marin Headlands.) Initially, to me, The Golden Gate Bridge was just a pretty red bridge, but over the years I formed a deep attachment to it, and so has the three year old who's whole face lights up every time we see it. Driving up to the city it is always an awe inspiring sight to see the bridge shrouded by fog and surrounded by the green hills,  just as we emerge from a tunnel. A truly dramatic sight I can never get tired of, and always have to photograph and then of course share with you all here!  I am sure you don't mind :) Just look at that! We must be pretty crazy to leave right?

As you can guess, I am already missing California deeply but I just cannot wait to be all settled in my next kitchen on the other side of the world, and get cooking & baking again.
I can't wait to re-discover Bangalore, the bustling South Indian city we are moving to. It has changed so much from the green and quiet little town I once lived in long ago as a child, and over the years that we have been away, I am sure it has changed even more.

But before that, there are hundreds of things to wrap up here, and a loooonnggg 30 hour trip to make. Do say a prayer for us and send good wishes our way!

So what am I doing here? escaping my never ending to-do list for just a little while, with a delicious and beautiful apple tart dusted with fennel pollen. It looks like a flower in full bloom doesn't it? Like these gorgeous spring flowers- something else I just cannot stop photographing!



This is a guest post for my good friend Viji at her blog Spices and Aroma, which always inspires me to cook and eat healthier. You will find Viji cooking with a lot of whole grains, South Beach diet friendly recipes and also making some absolutely brilliant, not so sinful desserts.

Fennel Pollen Apple Roti Tart

When she requested a fruit tart for this guest post, I had something else in mind initially. Something involving cooking down berries and the rolling out of a buttery tart base like in this fantastic strained Greek Yogurt Tart here

Then one day when I was flipping channels on the TV, my three year old surprised me by loudly exclaiming "that's Pepin!" on seeing Jacques Pepin! A little later, he also confirmed that he was familiar with Julia Child.  We are a little addicted to PBS, him and me, and I am so not proud of the fact that he can name most of the characters of "Downtum Abbey".

Fennel Pollen Apple Roti Tart

Anyways, Pepin on that day was making a tortilla-tart with pears that looked so delicious and easy, that I could not resist making it, and decided to use up the last of the pink lady apples that were a steal at our farmer's market, perhaps because they were on their way out. Since it is quite healthy too without all the fat and sugar that goes into most tarts, I thought this is just the sort of recipe that Viji would like- not so sinful and bound to be a hit with her little toddler too.

I also decided to test some of the fennel pollen I received as a sample from the wonderful people from Pollen Ranch whom I met at the Fancy Food Show and got to learn a lot about this spice that I had not used before.

Fennel Pollen from Pollen Ranch at the Fancy Food Show

Most of us are familiar with fennel bulbs and of course fennel seeds, which are widely used in many cuisines, and very common in Indian cooking. Fennel is one of my favorite spices, both in savory and increasingly, sweet uses as well. In India bowls of fennel seeds are offered after meals to refresh your palate, aid digestion and serve as a natural mouth freshener. So that is my association with it, fresh, sweet, slightly anise-like.

But what is fennel pollen? As you would guess, it is the pollen collected from flowers on the fennel plant. I was expecting it to be like dust, but it is more granular than powdery, and tastes sweeter and less anise-like than fennel seeds, at-least to me. 

Fennel pollen from Pollen Ranch is hand picked from fields of fennel growing wild in the Sonoma area. I was intrigued to learn that fennel grows wild throughout much of California and the US West Coast. I hope to visit those fields one day and would love to watch how they harvest it.

Fennel Pollen Apple Roti Tart

In this easy tart, left over tortillas or rotis are spread with a tablespoon of butter or margarine and sprinkled with sugar, instead of using a regular tart shell. Slices of apples or pears are arranged on the top, dotted with a little more pieces of butter,  sprinkled with spoons of sugar and a pinch of fennel pollen, and then baked at 400 F for about 20 mins until the sugar and butter form a fennel scented caramel over the softened apples. The top of the apples are brushed after baking with preserves or honey that make them look shiny and glazed and adds just a touch more sweetness. The roti gets baked into a crisp and crunchy sweet base. Easy, delicious and pretty all in one go? Ingenious!

Head over to Viji's blog Spices and Aroma for the full recipe and a lot of inspiration to eat healthy!


  1. Wishing you all the best with your move. .. have a safe n comfortable flight.i know such big moves can be hard n exhuasting both emotionally n physically. .. I wish everything goes smoothly n just the way you want. Loads of wishes. ..
    This tart looks beautiful... such gorgeous colors. ..

    1. Thank you Reem! I was exhausted even thinking about it :)

  2. When I saw you comment on FB that you were packing, it never occurred to me that you might be moving back to India--across town is what I assumed. Wishing you the best in this new chapter in your life. So glad to have had the chance to meet you and your little one--looking forward to reading your posts as you share your new life in Bangalore. :)

    1. Yes Jean everything happened very suddenly. I am still coming to grips with it! I am looking forward to home too and can't wait to re-discover it :)

  3. lovely... who could have thought a roti can be a tart base... my first time here,, but what an experience... looks like u r moving to bangalore... welcome :) The bangalore food awaits u then!

    1. Thank you Swati :) I am so waiting for everything! especially mangoes :)

  4. Thats incredible roti as tart base,thats amazing..Happy moving Rose, tart looks absolutely stunning.

  5. looks awesome n delicious...

  6. Bravo Bravo!! LOVE THIS RECIPE and the pics make me want to lick the screen! Thank you for highlighting our Fennel Pollen so beautifully!

    1. Thank you :) I am dreaming up other ways to use it :)

  7. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  8. Awesome clicks.. I have fallen in love with this tart !! Lovely way u have arranged them :)

  9. I would never have thought of making tart with rotis. thanks for the recipe. That's a stunning picture of golden gate rose. You will be moving to Bangalore? We can think of catching up when I a, the re next. Have a safe journey my friend.

  10. Peculiar аrticle, exactly ωhat I wanted tо finԁ.

    Here iѕ my blog - augenoperation

  11. Hi Rose!
    I can't believe you are moving so far away-yes in fact to the other side of the world!!!!
    I will miss you and wish we could have more cooking time together ;-)

  12. Hi Again..forgot to mention your recipe using fennel pollen is quite lovely!

  13. Yes! Finally something about easy holiday cookie recipes.

    Feel free to surf to my web page; images

  14. I usually do not leave a great deal of comments, but after looking at through some of the comments
    here "Fennel Pollen Apple Roti Tart". I actually do have 2 questions for you
    if it's allright. Could it be simply me or does it appear like some of these comments come across like they are left by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are writing on additional online social sites, I would like to follow you. Could you list of the complete urls of all your social networking sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

    Also visit my webpage; exercises for vertical jump

  15. I can't believe you are leaving, sniff, sniff. I will just have to be content with our short but sweet time together. I'm going to miss the little guy, he just cracks me up. I have some pollen, I had no idea what to do with. Have a safe trip home and I'm sure we will meet again.

  16. Roti tart - sounds amazing. Very unique idea.
    As for your move, I wish you good luck but I don't think you'll need it. God (I think we follow different religions but same heartfelt meaning behind it all)...will guide your path and everything will work out well!

  17. Greetіngs! Very helpful аdvice in thiѕ particular article!

    ӏt is the littlе changes that make the mοst imрortаnt сhanges.
    Мany thankѕ for ѕharing!

    Feel fгee to viѕit my web page :: lloyd irvin

  18. Roti as a tart base? That's incredible Rose. Who would have thought of it! Lovely clicks as usual.

    Hope that the move will be a smooth one. And that it won't be too hard on you :)

  19. You speak so many truths, Rose. Now, I feel like selling the house and all my belongings! Also I had the very same sentiments about the Golden Gate Bridge & then saw the beauty in it. These are lovely photos and the pollen apple roti tart is marvelous. Believe it or not I have never used fennel or any other pollen!

  20. Thats a gorgeous tart Rose and definitely looks like a flower in bloom :-) And on a roti crust...how unique. Hoping over to viji's now.

  21. Remarkable! Its genuinely amazing post, I have got much clear idea about from this
    piece of writing.

    my web page: kanapy z funkcją spania

  22. Hi there very cool site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Amazing
    .. I'll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally? I am satisfied to search out numerous helpful info right here within the post, we'd like work out extra techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing.
    . . . . .

    Here is my web page; tusze

  23. Congratulations on your smooth move. And thanks for the beautiful recipe!

  24. Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you're working with? I'm going to start my own blog soon but I'm having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I'm looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

    my webpage - best diet plans

  25. Hello to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more
    from this web page, and your views are nice in favor of new viewers.

    Also visit my site :: Vertical leap exercises

  26. I am not capable of view this web site correctly on
    saffari I think there is a downside

    Feel free to surf to my weblog why am i not getting pregnant

  27. Need to have Affordable Amusement In These
    types of Bad Promote Conditions? Try Low-priced Audio Units

    my weblog :: Margret@top 10 projectors

  28. Generally I do not read article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very forced
    me to try and do so! Your writing taste has been amazed me.
    Thanks, very great article.

    Also visit my web page - Mulberry Bags

  29. It is perfect time to make a few plans for the future and it
    is time to be happy. I have learn this publish and if I may I wish
    to recommend you some attention-grabbing things
    or advice. Perhaps you can write next articles regarding this article.
    I want to read even more things approximately it!

    My site bridal eye makeup

  30. You are so awesome! I don't suppose I've truly read through anything like that before.
    So great to discover another person with some genuine thoughts on this topic.
    Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the web,
    someone with some originality!

    Here is my page :: master cleanse secrets []

  31. I think I am chancing upon your space here after many a month and am so glad I did.- it was the fennel pollen that intrigued me :-) Beautiful pictures and lovely recipe. All the best on your move back to India.

  32. Very nice information. Thank you for sharing...

  33. This comment has been removed by the author.

  34. Hi,

    Your blog has caught our attention thanks to the quality of your recipes. We would be delighted if you would join us on Recipes.in so that we could link to your blog.

    Recipes.in is a search engine that compiles the best Indian cooking sites and blogs from the Internet. We are one of the largest in the world with sites in 37 markets and several hundred blogs are already enrolled here and benefit from the traffic we are sending to their sites.

    To join Recipes.in, just go to recipes.in/add-your-food-blog



  35. I loved it ... super recipe ... if anybody like kerala taste visit_ http://www.ourkitchen.in/ or https://www.youtube.com/user/sindusreekumar

  36. Great Picture. it is really interesting, I hope everybody lick this Post.

  37. Superb, what a blog it is! This website gives useful data to us, keep it up.

    Feel free to surf to my web-site; จำนองบ้าน

  38. Hi Magpie... loved this post... awesome pics... awaiting your next post :)

  39. One can get directly into trouble with your loans with a frequent foundation The school
    years are sometimes the first options for many for being independent and also the first time suffering bills, conserving and
    debt As substaniated by recent elections in A holiday in greece and in Germany's biggest
    state, Euro voters are not satisfied with the austerity measures favored by Merkel as well as Hollande's predecessor, Nicholas Sarkozy You are able
    to repay your current fast cash personal loans in two
    approaches A demographic profile for modern day college students changed
    significantly within the last few few years May be amazed that the
    cash return credit card will provide you with what you need and desire a high cashback percentage, couple
    of limits for the amount of returns, and immediate cash
    deposits be produced if the buying each minute card
    It is now easier than it has got ever been to get
    approved for a mortgage loan on-line, specifically, autoloans At the moment due
    to situation of worldwide market, the top banking companies usually do not choose to enter risky ventures
    and thus they may be planning to change low salary for better investments Perhaps you've been hanging around
    all your existence to determine a new match on this magnitude and you will
    not find yet another prospect This is certainly something you should not
    decide in a single day, and spending some time to secure a preferential rate car loan will be definitely worth the time and
    effort you'd put into it Villa looks critical as she glances for the
    report on developing operations for that current thirty
    days of Oct 24 hours payday dollars advance loan inside the UK generally
    is a kind of cash advance to get you by means of your crisis requirements You ought to borrow certainly
    as little as required and you should under no circumstances take
    a pay day loan casually The standards that are necessary are not hard to achieve, which
    makes it simple for a person who has bad credit and also
    no credit score to get such type of funding Repaying a payday loan will vary from 8 to 15 times Look for related fees with using the history of credit, including
    just how rates may well change, bank account management rates and all
    some other extra fees that may be of this particular line of
    credit Once your system is back in working order, you could consider using a Windows
    7 7 registry scanning and cleaning to clear out every unnecessary computer registry entries
    that will have been forgotten Around MT4, you should have the
    opportunity to open various windows with your own individual configurations and indications, with assorted charts,
    these bar index charts, line stock chart, and candlesticks graphs
    The particular booking technique of international cargo services has already been explained during any
    Foreign air products services web-site Using the advent of technologies, time is notably saved and also channeled from
    manual calculations to permitting the computer meltdown the quantities However, if you come
    across a urgent economical expense that can't be avoided under any conditions then you can take pleasure in the facility associated with
    demanding an extension in the settlement term

    Here is my blog post; bad credit loans uk

  40. When you're tired, you want to relax after a stressful working hours, you need to have time to take care of the kids active.
    Please visit our website and play exciting flash games.
    Thanks you for sharing!
    Friv 4

  41. Play the Best Free Games! We've picked out the racing games, cooking games, candy crush, games shooting, fashion games, ...
    Thanks for sharing !
    Kizi 200
    Friv 1

  42. Hello Everybody,
    My name is Mrs Sharon Sim. I live in Singapore and i am a happy woman today? and i told my self that any lender that rescue my family from our poor situation, i will refer any person that is looking for loan to him, he gave me happiness to me and my family, i was in need of a loan of S$250,000.00 to start my life all over as i am a single mother with 3 kids I met this honest and GOD fearing man loan lender that help me with a loan of S$250,000.00 SG. Dollar, he is a GOD fearing man, if you are in need of loan and you will pay back the loan please contact him tell him that is Mrs Sharon, that refer you to him. contact Dr Purva Pius,via email:(urgentloan22@gmail.com) Thank you.


    1. Name Of Applicant in Full:……..
    2. Telephone Numbers:……….
    3. Address and Location:…….
    4. Amount in request………..
    5. Repayment Period:………..
    6. Purpose Of Loan………….
    7. country…………………
    8. phone…………………..
    9. occupation………………
    11.Monthly Income…………..

    Email Kindly Contact: urgentloan22@gmail.com

  43. Great Post! Really enjoyed reading it, thank you for taking the time to share this. You should also try to go Fishing in Dubai with Go fishing Dubai , they are organising fishing trips in dubai

  44. We're looking for kidney donors in India or across Asia for the sum of $500,000.00 USD,CONTACT US NOW ON VIA EMAIL FOR MORE DETAILS.
    Email: healthc976@gmail.com
    Health Care Center
    Call or whatsapp +91 9945317569

  45. We'll provide you with a genuine, click-ready AdSense account, Pin Verified Google Adsense Accounts, Micro Niche WebSites, Money Back Guarantee. Start Generating Money Instant With our Pin verified Adsense Accounts.

    Buy Adsense Account on Infiax.com

    Check Our Website for More Infomations.

  46. Value services is an Australian based organization that provides upgraded services of internet NBN in Australia NBN application, New Connection, and New Development Application We are the Australian leading organization that has trained designers for NBN Pit and Pipe and Cable.


  47. Nicely well-written article. It was an awesome article to read. Complete rich content and fully informative
    For sofa repair service contact thesofastore they gives
    Sofa Refurbishing Bangalore


  48. Digital marketing trainer in Faridabad We provide best training in digital marketing, social media, google adwords, seo and many other modules in digital marketing Digital marketing trainer in Faridabad We provide best training in digital marketing, social nedia, google adwords, seo and many other modules in digital marketing

  49. be one of the most embarrassing messes one may face. That flaky thing on your hair may definitely make an impression of you as someone unhygienic or dirty. Home Remedies For Treating Dandruff = === Dandruff could be one of the most embarrassing messes one may face. That flaky thing on your hair may definitely make an impression of you as someone unhygienic or dirty. be one of the most embarrassing messes one may face. That flaky thing on your hair may definitely make an impression of you as someone unhygienic or dirty. daily update on nurtureify.com


Your comments make me smile and encourage me to keep blogging! Thanks for visiting and taking time to leave me a message :)