Easy Apple Tart



Need a tissue? I saw you drooling. It’s totally acceptable, as I did the same thing.

We had house guests and house guests =’s a perfect reason to make dessert. I wanted something other than a heavy cake, but didn’t want to make anything complex. I had a butt load of apples that were never going to get eaten..so apple tart it was. I didn’t follow a recipe, but I did make sure to write everything down, just incase it turned out good..and thank God I did, because it was Yummm-A-Licious! I did use the perfect go-to tart shell recipe from Epicurious that is No-Fail and always turns out perfect. I didnt have any ice cream to scoop on top, but I needed something “creamy”. So I made some cream anglaise( sounds fancy, but its not) to pour over the top. Ummmm,YUM!!!
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons ice water
Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Beat together yolk and water with a fork and stir into flour mixture until combined well.
Gently knead mixture in bowl with floured hands just until a dough forms. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 4 or 5 times more. Form dough into a ball, then flatten into a 5-inch disk. Chill, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, at least 1 hour.

5 Golden Delicious Apples
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
5 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 cup walnuts, toasted
3/4 cup butter, cut up
Preheat oven to 375
In a large bowl mix together the cinnamon, sugar, preserves and walnuts.
Peel, core, cut in half and thinly slice the apples.
Toss the apples and layer them in circles around the tart shell.
Place the cut up butter on top of the apples.
Bake for about 50 minutes. If the nuts are getting to browned, you can place a piece of tinfoil lightly over the top
Food and Wine
2 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean, split in half
1/2 cup sugar
4 large egg yolks, room temperature
Set a large fine strainer over a medium bowl and set the bowl in a larger bowl with ice water(you are making an ice water bath to stop the cooking process)
In a large sauce pan, combine the milk, vanilla pod and cook over moderately low heat just until small bubbles appear around the rim, about 5 minutes.
In another medium bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until combined. Slowly, and I mean slowly(or you eggs will cook), whisk in half of the hot milk. Pour the mixture into the sauce pan and cook over moderate, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 4-5 minutes. DO NOT OVER COOK OR YOUR SAUCE WILL CURDLE!
Immediately strain the sauce into the bowl in the ice bath to stop it from cooking. Scrape the vanilla seed from the pod into the sauce. Serve warm or chill until ready to use.


  1. 1

    Looks beautiful! Love the cream anglaise on top too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2

    Yes, I am drooling. YUM! Looks fantastic!

  3. 3

    The only thing wrong with this dessert is that it's not under my nose…one slab please!

  4. 4

    And it looks pretty too! Don't you just love a good excuse to make a dessert? I like the addition of apricot preserves and the nuts are the "cherry" on top! Yummm…

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    cookies and cups says:

    That looks great! I am going to try your tart shell…just to see if it's really no-fail, because if there is a chance it will fail, I am the go-to person to test the theory.
    Me + crusts of any sort = no bueno
    I'll let you know!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 6

    Oh my! This looks so beautiful. I am all about a delicious tart.

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    โ™ฅpeachkinsโ™ฅ says:

    you were right, I am drooling..

  8. 8

    Absolutely beautiful Leslie! Yum!

  9. 9

    Yeah, I was drooling, couldn't help it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 10

    Those are some lucky houseguests! It looks amazing!

  11. 11

    easy and gorgeous. can I be the party popper and tell you you spelled pastry wrong in the recipe title?
    it's the editor in me; i did this in past life and am trained. sorry. i can't let others walk around with snot on their nose or their zippers wide open either. lol

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    TheFitnessFreak says:

    Y-U-M! I was just saying to my mom the other day that I need to get a tart pan. I went to a King Arthur Flour baking demo and they were making little tarts with cream and fresh berries. I so wish they had samples. Hey, I won 2- $10 gift cards so I was pacified….. a little : )

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    Sinful Southern Sweets says:

    I like, I like! And yes, pass the tissue please ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 14

    I like easy, I like apples, and I like tarts! Perfect!

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    It's a good thing I made apple pie this weekend, or I'd be in serious trouble.

  16. 16

    leslie, this is beautiful! you've taken a basic but delicious apple dessert and scaled it up about 16 notches. i love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 17

    i too happen to have an abundance of apples right now, thanks so much!

  18. 18

    Nice apple tart! Looks gorgeous! Happy Monday to you!

  19. 19

    You are so right – houseguests are the perfect excuse to make desserts. The apple tart is mouth watering!

  20. 20

    Looks like something my kiddos would love and I do have some apples that need a home.

  21. 21

    That is chock full of apples, Leslie! Great recipe (although anything topped with creme anglaise can't go wrong!) and the crust sounds perfect.
    The apricot jam idea is brilliant!

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    Leslie M. says:

    hahhaahahha just in case it turned out good!!! hahahh I fell off my chair Les!! yea, YOU and JUST it came out good! Everything you make is a hit! YUM~
    The other Les
    Leslie Loves Veggies

  23. 23

    I cannot express how delishes this looks to me….
    I love anything apple…This is above and beyond

  24. 24

    If I can't have a chocolate chip cookies ๐Ÿ˜‰ then I'd love some of that Butt Load of Apples Tart! You arranged the apples so nicely!

  25. 25

    Oh wow that looks insanely good, i love how you've layered the apples up too, yum!

  26. 26

    What a great dessert- such lucky house guests!
    I am drooling BTW-I need to make this!

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    Bridgett says:

    My hubby would love this and I would love it with the creme anglaise on top. Perfection!

  28. 28

    ooh! How pretty! What lucky guests.

  29. 29

    I have always believed that when Eve gave Adam the apple it was for him to go bake a pie/tart with it. Instead he ate it, got into trouble with God & blamed Eve. Silly boys.
    Great looking tart.

  30. 30

    Yeah, that would be drool. That tart is stunning!

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    Memรณria says:

    I'm bookmarking this recipe!! This tarts looks amazing!

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    noble pig says:

    Sinfully delish!

  33. 33

    I SO wish I had a big piece right now! Apple desserts are my favorite and the cream anglaise on yours set it over the top!

  34. 34

    Thanks L!!!
    I think they are a lil adorable, but I am a little partial.

    Your kids are extremely adorable too. But look at their parents. :))

    Anyway, Everyone keeps telling me to get a Mac, but we just bought this Dell last year…:(((

  35. 35

    I am drooling and not ashamed to admit it either….YUMM-O and fantastic !!!

  36. 36

    I have a big bowl of apples just waiting for this. I can't believe I've shied away from creme anglais this long. Thanks!

  37. 37

    Yup, definitely need that tissue. Oh my god that looks AMAZING, I'm going to go try and make it now, wish me luck!

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    art and appetite says:

    Goodness! Not only did I drool over this fantabulous dish, my dog did as well. Beautiful!

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    Diana's Cocina says:

    How perfect! Wish I could be a house guest.

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    pigpigscorner says:

    I love how simple it is yet looks so mouth-watering! drooling all over now.

  41. 41

    This looks stunning! Oh Yum!!!!

  42. 42

    Love your blog! In fact I just featured your blog and your Sheppard's Pie recipe on my blog! AMAZING!


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    Olga @ MangoTomato says:

    ooh a gorgeous dish: your guests are very lucky. I would have just melted some ice cream and poured it on top ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cool Lassi(e) says:

    First time here. Like your simple take on comfort-foods. The Apple tart looks divine. Good to know your favorite book-series is the twilight-series.Mine too.
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    Cool Lassi(e) says:

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    Foodycat says:

    It is so hard to beat an apple dessert! This one looks just amazing.

  47. 47

    This looks sooooo yummy!