The very best Apple Tart.

IMG_9955[1]This is the apple tart that started my obsession with pastry. The ridiculously quick and easy shortcrust will completely revolutionize your dessert repertoire and possibly turn you into a Queen of Tarts just like me!




Shortcrust Pastry

1+1/3 cups plain flour

1/3 cup caster sugar

140 gms butter, melted (5 ozs or 10 tablespoons)



125 gms softened butter

1/3 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

1 cup almond meal

1 tablespoon plain (all purpose) flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Apple Filling

5 medium Granny Smith apples

1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup water



1/3 cup apricot jam

2 tablespoons water



IMG_9924Start by making pastry. For the original recipe click here. Once baked set pastry aside to cool. Remembering to keep flan tin on baking sheet or disc during the entire process…it’s much easier to handle the tart that way.

IMG_9927Peel apples.

IMG_9928Then core and cut apples into eight equal pieces. I found this wonderful device at a 2 dollar shop and it makes the process so much quicker (go online or checkout your nearest 2 dollar shop).

IMG_9930Then cut the 8 pieces in half so that you have 16 thin slices. Repeat with remaining apples.

IMG_9931 Place apples in large frying pan and add water, lemon juice and butter.

IMG_9933 Cook on high heat, gently moving apples around so that they don’t burn, until they are just beginning to soften. This should only take a few minutes. Do not over cook them or they will turn to mush. Remove pan from heat and set apples aside to cool.

IMG_9934 Next you can make frangipane. Start by mixing sugar into softened butter. Then add eggs and beat until combined. Lastly add almond meal, plain flour and cinnamon.

IMG_9935Mix all ingredients to form a paste.

IMG_9936 Tip Frangipane paste into baked, cooled pastry case.

IMG_9937Then spread evenly over base.

IMG_9938Turn oven to 180 c (350 F).

Start by placing cooled apples around inner edge of pastry. Try to select biggest slices first. They should slightly overlap like the picture above.

IMG_9939Form one complete circle.

IMG_9940Then repeat process again.

IMG_9941Keep forming concentric circles till you almost reach the middle.

IMG_9943Finish with thinnest slices to form rose-like centre. You may need to shave off a slice to complete the task.

IMG_9944Place in middle of oven and bake for a least 45-60 minutes.

IMG_9946In the meantime place jam and water in microwave proof bowl and heat till boiling and completely melted.

IMG_9947Sieve jam into new bowl and set aside.

IMG_9948Check tart after 45 minutes to ensure pastry and apples are cooking evenly and not burning. Adjust oven accordingly.

IMG_9949Remove tart from oven when Frangipane is bubbling, golden and centre is cooked evenly. The apples will look a little dry.

IMG_9950Brush over apricot glaze till all apples are coated. If your jam has reset add a little water and microwave for a few seconds till it melts.

Switch oven to ‘grill’ (broiler) setting so that all heat is coming from the top, keep temperature the same.

IMG_9951Once apples are covered and oven has reached temperature….

IMG_9952Place tart in top of oven and WATCH IT LIKE A HAWK it will only take a minute or two. The toffee-like coating will burn very easily. Keep turning tart so that it browns evenly.

IMG_9953Your tart will be ready when the toffee darkens on the edge of the apples. Remove before this begins to burn.

IMG_9957When tart has cooled remove flan tin and place on flat serving plate.

What a magnificent looking tart!

IMG_9955[1]Serve with whipped cream and try just stopping at one slice!

Cheers Anna x

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11 responses to “The very best Apple Tart.”

  1. thehomemakerslife

    So so so impressive! Love the pattern! ☺


    1. Thanks for reading. Smoke and mirrors…looks impressive but is really easy…my friends thought I’d bought it!

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  2. Oh my goodness! Such a beautiful tart, Anna! Email me a slice, will ya? xoxo


    1. Ha ha Ronit…that sounds like a quote from a Mae West movie!

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      1. lol yes, I guess it could work perfectly! 🙂


  3. Thanks for breaking down the process step by step! Looks great, and very doable!


    1. Sometimes things aren’t as difficult as they look Colleen! PS Don’t you hate what editors sometimes do…good luck with the articles.

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      1. Being edited is definitely an experience. Not sure I will ever get used to it! This tart is on my list of things to patiently attempt!


      2. It’s a very complex relationship…kind of like a stern parent who knows what’s best…you just don’t see it at the time!!!
        The tart is easy. Now I’m experimenting with different fruits and patterns. Let me know how you go x

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