Make a delicious yummy plate of classic apple tart from scratch. This one is one of our favorite desserts and we simply love it when the kitchen starts smelling amazingly appetizing at the final stage of preparing this recipe. Please note that this is not an American apple pie, but a classic French apple tart where the tart wedge will be thinner compared to the previous. You should top the dish with one or two scoops of ice cream and trust us, it is going to taste heaven!
As we are done with a short introduction, let’s now jump to the making of the apple tart part. We made sure to keep it as simple as possible by giving step-by-step easy-to-follow instructions here. Also, don’t forget to check out the valuable tips listed just after the main recipe below, for even greater results.
First, Caramelize ¾ cup of white sugar in a cast iron pan. Then, mix the rest of the sugar and cinnamon with flour in a bowl. Organize apples in total three layers over the golden-brown sugar caramel in a circular shape where every layer should be topped by dusting sugar. Crown the final layer of apples with butter. Finally, cover the apples with the dough and bake in the oven. Wait for around close to an hour and take it out. It’s now ready to be served.
- A mixing bowl
- A cast-iron skillet
- A measuring cup
- An oven
Apple: Our favorites are Golden Delicious and Cox’s; however, you can use any variety that gives you that much-desired crispy texture while holding up well in the oven.
White Flour: Our preferred brand is Allinson’s Plain, you can choose whatever all-purpose kind of flour your nearby supermarket stores.
Sugar: We used Billington’s Unrefined Golden Caster in this recipe.
Butter: Make sure it’s the unsalted variant since we will use salt separately. Also, the butter should be kept chilled in the refrigerator before use.
Egg yolk: We prefer using free-range eggs, but any large chicken egg will be as good.
Water: Do not use water stored at the normal room temperature, but chilled only.
Cinnamon Powder: Without cinnamon’s woody aroma, it’s not French-style apple tart, period.
Apricot jam: It’s required for the glazing purpose and must be warmed
How to Prepare Apple Tart?
Step 1. Transfer flour, baking powder, sugar (take half the sugar and leave the rest half for later use), and cinnamon into a mixing bowl. Take 100 gms of diced butter.
Step 2. Mix the ingredients by adding water little by little. Rub it into the combination using your fingers until you get a texture that becomes smooth and makes it into a dough.
Step 3. Wrap it up, and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
Step 4. Now spread the dough in the mold, and make sure it covers the bottom, walls, and edges of the mold. If the sides of the dough come out of the edges, cut them using a knife, and make the borders smooth.
Step 5. Now add the chickpeas and beans to the center of the mold-covered with the flattened dough, and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. Due to the weight of the chickpeas, the dough will not rise.
Step 6. Take a pan and pour ¾ cup of white sugar and stir constantly till it turns caramelly and gets liquefied. Then turn the heat off, the caramelized cream is ready. Now grease the bottom of the tart with apple jam or apricot jam, and to give it a caramelized flavor add a layer of the caramelized cream on the jam.
Step 7. Now cut the apples in fine slices, but make sure the slices are not too thin, otherwise, they may become mushy. Organize these apples in the tart in the form of layers, and add a spoon of caramel cream and apple jam in between the layers too. On the top layer, sprinkle some cinnamon powder, melted butter, and powdered sugar.
Step 8. And bake it for approximately 25-30 minutes in the oven.
Step 9. Now refrigerate the apple tart, and let it cool for a while. With the help of a spatula, get the tart out of the mold, and cut it into triangular pieces. To give it an extra luscious touch, add a scoop of vanilla on the top, and some chocolate shavings. Enjoy your easy-breezy dessert.
- Use only firm apples to retain the shape and texture. Both taste and texture are important when selecting apples for your tart. For the best baking result, choose only firm apples to keep the shapes intact. After all, you are not making applesauce, right?
- Want the best-tasting apple tart? Don’t use only tart apples. And when it comes to taste, a combination of tart and sweet apples would make for a greatly balanced filling.
- Don’t dump the apples anyway, you should “layer” them properly. Layering apples properly and uniformly is what makes all the difference. Avoid dumping your apples on the pan to prevent uneven baking and gaps in between.
Essential Storage Tips For This Recipe
To store: Apple tarts are made with sugar, so theoretically they can easily be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days without worrying much about it going bad. However, since we have also used egg yolks (although not in the filling, but while making dough), you better not risk it and try using them within a day.
To freeze: Now, in case you want to enjoy them for a longer period – you should keep them in your refrigerator. Keeping the tart on the original skillet over which you made it is the easiest and best way to store the dish for a minimum of 2 days. And if you are looking for a seriously longer storage time, the tart needs to be frozen and then tightly sealed inside a plastic bag before storing it in the freezer. You can keep your apple tart perfectly consumable for 4 months this way.
- Ice Cream: Imagine a warm piece of apple tart with a scoop of your favorite flavored ice cream which is just about to melt. Vanilla is the default choice for most, but you can also try some butterscotch or strawberry to top your tart slice.
- Fresh Cream: Or if ice cream is not your preferred companion with apple tart, try a spoonful of fresh homemade cream. Please note, it is not recommended to use those canned creams as that won’t even come close to the striking balanced taste the fresh cream would offer.
- Cheddar Cheese: French apple tart with cheddar cheese is another elegant combination you can’t resist. Many would die for the heavenly taste of buttery tart paired with salty cheese.
Variations for Recipe
Not only apple, but you can also use other fruits like peach and strawberry to make some delicious variations of the same recipe.
- Peach tart: Here you need to replace apples with fresh peaches and add almond pastry cream or regular pastry cream to the recipe while the rest of the ingredients should be unchanged. The making process is the same.
- Strawberry tart: Just like the first one, strawberry will replace apples in this recipe. However, apart from pastry cream, you should include strawberry jam (1/4 cup) as well to enhance the flavor even more.
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- 4 Apples
- 1 cup Chickpeas
- 150 g Butter
- 250 g Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 2 tbsp Apricot jam
- 1 Chicken egg
- 50 g Sugar
- 1/5 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 50 ml Ice water – 50 ml
- 1 pinch Salt
- The butter should be placed in the freezer 15 minutes in advance. Pour wheat flour, half sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl. You also need to add 100 g of diced butter.
- Next, you need to mix the products in a bowl. By adding water little by little, start kneading the dough.
- Knead a dense shortbread dough, then wrap it up and put in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Next, the dense dough needs to be rolled out into a thin cake so that it is enough to cover the bottom and walls of the mold.
- Now you need to cover the bottom and walls of the mold with dough. The height of the tart can be any. If the sides are too high, cut them off with a knife.
- Now you need to pour chickpeas or beans into a dough mold, put in the oven and bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Thanks to chickpeas, the dough will not swell during baking.
- Grease the bottom of the tart base with apricot or apple jam.
- Apples need to be cut into slices, put in a mold in one or several layers – if desired. Sprinkle apples with melted butter, add sugar and cinnamon, bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees.
- Cool the finished tart, then cut into pieces and serve. Instead of a serving of dessert, you can put a scoop of ice cream on the plate.