This classic French apple tart recipe is filled with homemade frangipane filling and topped with caramelized apples fanned out in a striking spiral pattern. Its universally appealing apple pie flavor, enriched with luscious almond cream, and beautiful presentation make it ideal for serving to guests as a sweet ending to dinner parties.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 7 tablespoons cold butter
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- 1/2 cup frangipane
- 4 sweet-tart cooking apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup apricot jelly, heated until partially melted
How to make a French apple tart:
In a small bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, large-tined fork, or a food processor on pulse setting, cut the chilled butter into the flour until it resembles coarse sand with a few pea-sized pieces of butter still visible. Sprinkle the cold water onto the mixture and toss gently a few times, just until it forms a ball that holds together.
Separate the dough into two balls, flatten slightly into thick disk shapes, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for several hours before working with it.
Preheat an oven to 400F. Roll and trim the dough to make a circle large enough to fit a 10-inch fluted tart pan. Fit the circle into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Chill the pastry for 20 minutes.
Place the tart pan on a baking sheet. Spread the frangipane evenly over the bottom of the chilled pastry shell, arrange the apple slices in a fan or spiral shape over the frangipane, and bake the tart for 12 to 15 minutes, until it begins to turn golden brown. Reduce the heat to 350F, and continue baking the tart for 15 to 20 minute, until the apples are tender, but not overly soft. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and allow the apple tart to cool for 10 minutes.
Brush the melted apricot jelly over the warm apples and serve the tart at room temperature.
This French apple tart recipe makes 6 to 8 servings.
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