A Must-Try French Dessert: French Apple Tart
One of my favorite parts of fall are the desserts. Pumpkin pie, apple crisps, crème brûlée, and carrot cake just make me happy. I love baking but sometimes I don’t want to go through the whole process of making a big, beautiful, desert. But at the same time, I don’t want to bring boring ole box brownies…again. This recipe is perfect in between. It is so uncomplicated with just butter, sugar, and fresh fruit but also looks beautiful! It makes the house smell so warm and inviting. It’s the perfect recipe when you are having people over or if you are going to a fall potluck.
You can even make this recipe even easier and use puff pastry from the store instead of making your own. I personally think that the extra effort of making the dough yourself is worth it, but if you are in a time crunch (or if The Adams Family is about to start on 31 days of Halloween) make sure you get puff pastry (not pie crust). The puff pastry is less dense than pie crust which makes the crust light and airy. You can use Gala apples or Honeycrisp apples, or a mixture of both! To impress your friends and loved ones even more, after your tart finishes baking, brush any type of preserves (fig, apricot, marmalade) on top. This gives it a pretty, shiny appearance and takes your tart to the next level on the official Martha Stewart skill scale. Lastly, add a scoop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
If you have never made your own whipped cream, I would definitely recommend it. My grandmother always made it herself to go along with her pie at Thanksgiving. Now I can never go back to canned whipped cream! All you need is 1 cup of cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, 2 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar or granulated sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Then, simply whip it together for about 3 minutes! It beats canned whipped cream in both the taste and texture departments. On top of this French Apple Tart, it is truly divine!
Perfect accessories for this recipe
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 1 1/2 large crisp apples, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup fig preserves
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a sheet of parchment paper or a silicone matt over a baking sheet. Unroll your puff pastry sheet (or if you’ve made your own, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to 10 1/2″ by 15 1/2”). Use a fork to pierce the dough)
- In a large bowl, gently toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and brown sugar. Layer the apple slices on the puff pastry square however you prefer. You can create a design or lay them vertically. Just make sure you slightly overlap the edges of the apple!
- Put in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, until the edges of the apples and puff pastry begin to brown. The apple juices that stream off the tart will burn quickly on the parchment paper, don’t worry, this does not mean your tart is burning!
- After 40mins, immediately loosen the tart from the pan using a metal spatula. Transfer the tart to your serving plate. Warm up the fig preserves in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Use a brush to brush the preserves all over the tart. Allow to cool and serve! Bon Appétit!
Shop this Recipe:
Let us know if you made this recipe and tag us on instagram!
France at your doorstep
Get the best in French food, beauty, apparel, accessories and more delivered right to your doorstep! Subscribe here and get 25% off your first order with code: OCT25
Recipe Cred: https://www.monpetitfour.com/french-apple-tart-recipe/
Photo Cred: alexandracooks.com