apple tart

2010 March 21
by Jamie

Thanks to Door to Door organics for their delivery of fresh fruit and veggies to our household every other week, we just happened to have some pretty tasty Braeburn apples laying around.  Being great apples for baking, I thought they would be perfect in a tart.  The recipe I adapted from Ina Garten, called for apricot preserves glazed over the top when warm and pastry dough.  Instead, I used a classic pie dough and chose to top it with cinnamon and brown sugar …yum.  Not being a huge fan of melted preserves on top of things, cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar better suited my taste.  As always, if that is something you think sounds great, try it out!  I’m sure you really can’t go wrong with this.  This “French Apple Tart” is not so much classic French, due to my decision to change it up a bit, but it is definitely classic.  It is a bit on the lighter side of a traditional double-crusted American apple pie and makes for a great Spring-time dessert.  With very few simple ingredients, I found it very easy make. I think substituting pears would be tasty too, although I have yet to try it.  Always in great company with cinnamon and apples, try pairing this warm apple yumminess with your favorite vanilla ice cream.  It took all of 15 minutes to assemble, 30 minutes to bake, and a mere 10 minutes to gobble up…with the help of friends of course…

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Apple Tart:

adapted from Ina Garten’s “French Apple Tart”

You’ll Need:

1 pie dough (recipe here)

3 organic Breaburn apples- peeled,cored, and sliced

2 Tbsp. cold unsalted organic butter – cut into small cubes

3 Tbsp. organic pure cane sugar

3 Tbsp. organic brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon ( if you like cinnamon, freely add some more!)


Place rolled out pie dough in a tart dish and trim edges off (no need to flute the edges).  Be sure to poke holes in the bottom of the dough, so it doesn’t bubble.  Place dough in a 400 degree oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.  It should turn a very light golden brown, let cool.  Peel apples and cut into halves, making sure to cut out seeds and core.  Slice all three apples into 1/4inch pieces and fan the apples in rows or in a circle around cooled tart crust.  Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and sugar. Places cubes of butter on top of apples and bake for 30-35 minutes (depending on the cook-temp of your oven.)  Take out of oven, but don’t let it cool for too long!!  It’s best served warm with a scoop of ice cream and dare I say…whipped cream!


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  1. Julia Gaw permalink
    March 22, 2010

    Hi Jamie.

    Congratulations on this great blog.

    I have a publishing idea I’d like to run past you, if you’d be kind enough to provide me with an email address?

    Many thanks in advance,

  2. Jamie permalink*
    March 22, 2010

    Julia- Thank you so much! I’m glad you found my blog a great one to read! I’d most certainly be open to listening to your ideas. You can reach me at I look froward to hearing from you.

  3. Debbie From Illinois permalink
    March 23, 2010

    Jamie, this looks delicious! Pears would be yummy too.

  4. March 23, 2010

    I love apples in any way or shape. This looks great!

  5. June 2, 2010

    I love apples in any way or shape. This looks great!

  6. June 5, 2010

    Jamie, this looks delicious! Pears would be yummy too.

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