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Apple Tart: A Fall Classic Step-By-Step

Apple tart sliced, fresh apples on the side.
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Apple Tart. Where do I start? A Fall classic, a childhood memory, the sweet smell of baked apples… It’s an oldie but a goodie. A simple tart that presents well and taste delicious.

I share my easy homemade shortcrust pastry with only 4 ingredients, and only 4 apples to execute this delicious treat.

Which kind of apple should you use? I love using the honey crisp ones. They are my go-to apples when it comes to this recipe. It’s a personal taste, it does not mean others are not good. On the website of Bob’s Red Mill, there is this article about the best apples to use for apple tart. If you are not into the honey crisp ones, this might be useful.

Low Sugar Apple Tart

The only sugar on this dessert is the brown sugar I had at the end when it’s all assembled. I don’t put any sugar in my shortbread crust, I add some apple sauce at the bottom (unsweetened preferably) and the natural sweetness of the apples. The brown sugar caramelized the apples which makes it irresistible.

slice of the baked apple tart, black and white dish towel on the side.

How To

UNDER THE APPLES: You can put jam, I do sometimes. But to keep the sweetness on the low, I prefer to spread some unsweetened apple sauce. You can put apple/something sauce if you want.

APPLE CUTTING: If you have a mandoline, cutting thin apple slices will be quick. Personally, I like to use my sharp knife and slice away. I do skip the the part where you put the apple slices in water and lemon to prevent them from become yellow. I place them as I go and it works out, specially that I put some sugar to brown the apples.

BLIND BAKE: I bake the crust blind for 8 minutes. Poke it with a fork before putting it in the oven. If you are in some rush, you can skip this step but watch your tart while baking.

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

Apple Tart: A Fall Classic Step-By-Step

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: european, French
Keyword: apple tart, pie, apple, dessert, classic, low sugar, fall
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Mélanie

Ingredients

For the shortbread crust

  • a little less than 1/2 cup butter softened (cut in cube packed) or 100g
  • 1 and 1/3 cup flour 200g
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg medium size

For the filling

  • 1/4 cup apple sauce unsweetened
  • 4 apples honey crisps
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Instructions

For the shortbread crust

  • Mix the butter, the flour and salt together until it is crumbly.
    Ingredients and a scale to make a shortbread crust
  • Add the egg and mix gently.
  • Form into a ball and set in the fridge for 20 minutes or so. 
    dough ball on a marble table with a cracked egg
  • Preheat the oven at 300F.
  • Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface.
    Apple Tart: Shortbread pastry making for the apple tart
  • Roll the dough thinly but thick enough so it does not break and place it in the baking ring.
    Apple Tart: Shortbread pastry making for the apple tart
  • Poke with the fork lightly. Bake for 8 minutes. It will still looking uncooked when you take it out of the oven.
    Apple Tart: Poking the shortbread pastry making for the apple tart

For the filling

  • Spread the apple sauce on the shortbread crust.
    Apple Tart: spreading the apple sauce
  • Peel the apple as you go. Slice them thinly and place them a little on top of the previous slice.
    Apple Tart: Building the apple tart, half way with apple slices
  • Repeat until done.
    Building the apple tart, half way with apple slices
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar.
    apple tart ready to go in the oven, fresh apples on the side
  • Bake at 325C for 20-25 minutes or until your crust is golden and your apples caramelized.
    Apple tart sliced, fresh apples on the side.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Aleta
    November 6, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Whoa, this is the most beautiful apple tart I have ever seen! I love that it is low in sugar, and the step by step instructions make it really easy to follow along to make this gorgeous dessert!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      November 11, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Thank you so much! Yes, I don’t want the sweetness of sugar to overpower the sweetness of the apples.

  • Reply
    Caroline Fernandez (@ParentClub)
    November 7, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I cannot wait to try making this!!!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      November 11, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Let me know when you do!!

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