French Tarte aux Pommes

    1 hour 40 mins

    My mother used to make this all the time, usually to go with Sunday dinner. I was hooked. Haven't had it in ages and I was wanting to bake something special for a special someone so I asked mum for the recipe. Tried it out today, and it's just as I remember. The thing that makes it for me is the frangipane. Hope you like it as much as I do.

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    Serves: 8 

    • Pastry
    • 165 g all-purpose flour
    • 1 g salt
    • 115 g butter, softened
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 45 ml cold water, or as needed
    • Frangipane
    • 115 g butter, softened
    • 100 g white sugar
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 15 ml apple brandy
    • 115 g ground almonds
    • 15 g all-purpose flour
    • 552 g sweet apples - peeled, cored, halved and thinly sliced
    • 4 g white sugar for decoration
    • 80 g apricot jelly

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. To make the pâte brisée, stir together the flour and salt in a bowl. Add butter, egg yolk and water.Combine together until the mixture forms large crumbs. If the crumbs are too dry, add a little more water.
    2. Press the crumbs firmly together to make a dough, it should be soft but not sticky. Press the dough into a ball and wrap it in a plastic bag or plastic film. Chill for at least 30 minutes or until firm. (The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or frozen.)
    3. To make the frangipane, cream together the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until light and creamy. Gradually mix in the egg and egg yolk one at a time.
    4. Stir in the Calvados or Kirsch. Add flour to the ground almonds, then mix into the butter mixture. Set aside.
    5. Roll the pastry out to about a 30cm circle on a lightly floured surface. Fold loosely into quarters and centre the point in a 30cm fluted tart pan with removable base. Unfold dough, and press into the bottom and up the tart sides. Prick with a fork all over. Return pastry to the refrigerator to chill until firm.
    6. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Place a baking tray inside the oven while it preheats. Spoon the frangipane into the chilled pastry base, and spread into an even layer.
    7. Arrange the apple slices in an overlapping spiral pattern. Each slice should have one edge pressed into the frangipane until it touches the pastry base, and then overlap the previous slice. Start at the outside edge, and work towards the centre.
    8. Place the tart onto the hot baking tray in pre-heated oven and bake until the frangipane begins to brown ,15-20 minutes. Reduce the oven to 180 C and bake for further 15-20 minutes.
    9. Ten minutes before the end of baking,sprinkle the tart with extra caster suagar then continue to cook for the remainder of the time or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
    10. A short time before serving, warm the apricot jam in a small saucepan and brush over tart top as a glaze. You might need to add some water if necessary to make it a liquid consistency.
    11. Serve at room temperature.

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    This was my first attempt at a tart and I cheated with a pre-bought pastry case from Sainsbury's which was very nice! The tart was easy to make and I substituted the brandy with vanilla vodka which complements the delicate flavours of the apples and almonds perfectly. This tart looks very impressive and also tastes lovely so I will definately be making it again.  -  14 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a beautiful addition to my Thanksgiving dinner, and was perfect for those who didn't care for pumpkin pie! I have made this several times, each time trying to make adjustments to keep it from being so buttery. Final tweaks to the dough: 1 1/2 cup flour (instead of 1 1/3 cup), 1/4 tsp salt (instead of a pinch), 1/4 cup sugar (if you want it a little sweeter), 1 egg (instead of 1 egg yolk), and NO water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour in the plastic wrap. Tweaks to the frangipane: add 1/2 tsp. almond extract, and toast the almonds before grinding. Roll out the pastry dough, fit into the pan, then refrigerate 30 minutes. Add the frangipane, then the apples (use small apples - makes fitting them in the pan MUCH easier), then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Bake on the oven rack, not on a baking sheet. Perfection! Thanks for the recipe!  -  25 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I was very excited to make this tart for a photo project my partner was working on. I chose it based on the reviews I had read here. I'm lucky it came out looking as good as it did ,because the flavor was just not there. I followed the recipe to the letter aside from cooking an additional 20 minutes. I wish the frangipane had more almond flavor and the crust was less greasy. Its a good start and with a few revisions I think it would be fantastic.  -  03 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)