French Apple Tart

twd french apple tart finishedIt Tuesdays With Dorie which means I have baked from Dorie Greenspan’s book,  Baking With Julia.  I’ve never made a french apple tart and this week’s recipe got my attention. Dorie writes, “This open-faced tart is beautiful … beneath the gossamer blossom is what the French call a compote, a sweet, thick purée of oven-roasted Granny Smith apples.”  Are you interested?
mosaictwd apple french tart
In Dorie’s cookbook this recipe takes up 2 1/2 pages. That turns me off.  I took one look down through the recipe and thought it seemed so time-consuming.  My best baking projects are fast and easy and look like they took a long time.  🙂 Yes, I am fickle like that.  But, I am happy to report — this isn’t nearly as time-consuming as it seems at first glance.  And the finished tart is … well, worth it!  Also, my granddaughter, Tayler, is here visiting and she cheerfully helped me as my Chief Designer!

twd pie pastry squishFirst things first …the recipe calls for 1/4 recipe Flaky Pie dough.  This has become my very favorite pie dough recipe and you can get it here. I was immediately happy and “all in” because I keep this pie dough frozen for just such a moment as this!  I thawed the pastry dough over-night in the refrigerator. First thing in the morning I placed it in my 9″ springform pan and baked it.  While it was baking I started chopping apples.
twd fr apple tart applesThe recipe calls for Granny Smith apples.  I used mostly Granny Smith and a couple of Gala apples too.  Apple chunks are tossed with sugar, flour, cinnamon and fluffy bread crumbs.  This recipe calls for very little sugar but the result won’t give it away.  What intrigues me is that those apples could be cooked down in a pan on the stove or in a skillet stove-top.  But instead, it calls for spreading them on a baking sheet and roasting them.  Interesting.

twd apples  to roastBefore I started this recipe I decided I wasn’t going to take pictures except of the finished tart. As you can clearly see I went for my camera before I finished slicing the apples.  The colors are so pretty and I so want to share that with you!  The apples roasted for 20 minutes and were gooey, caramelized and wonderful! THAT picture would have gone right here … but I forgot to take it! 🙁

mosaictwdfrench apple taylerThe roasted apple compote is spooned into the baked pastry shell.  At this point my chief designer, Tayler, began working her magic.  We peeled apples, dipped them in lemon juice (to help keep them from browning) and she began the task of layering the apples. We had room for two circular layers and one rosette in the middle.  After brushing with melted butter and sprinkling with Turbinado sugar, our tart baked for 30 minutes.  The tart was done but the edges not quite dark enough so I turned the broiler on for just 2 minutes to give the edges the stunning black effect. The recipe suggests sprinkling with white sugar but I always keep Turbinado on hand and if you do too, then by all means use it for the sprinkling on the top.

twd french apple tart crystalOur tart didn’t stay under this cover long since it was the crowning touch to our Sunday dinner shared with family.

twd french apple tart bookThis tart is not overly sweet making it a perfect finish to any dinner.  (Only 3/4 cup sugar in the entire tart.)  The roasted apple purée is a perfect contrast to the crackle of the crust and the pure apple flavor of the topping.

The contributing baker for this recipe is Leslie Mackie.  This recipe is hosted by TWD baker, Gaye of Laws of the Kitchen.  She will post the full recipe on her blog.

As for me and my family — we will be making this again!!

Blessings and Happy Cooking!
~Catherine

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 ASV

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. We loved this tart also- I will definitely make it again! You and your little helper created an exquisite apple yummy!

  2. Your tart looks superb, and I adore all of your process photos. Definitely worth the effort.

  3. Yours browned really nicely. I could not get mine to do the same. Agree that it was not too sweet and was a nice apple dessert.

  4. Catherine, what an impressive French Apple Tart you created with your granddaughter and what a grand finale to the Sunday supper it must have been! Very lovely presentation!
    Have a great Wednesday!

    1. Thank you! We had a fun time making it and an even better time eating it 🙂

  5. You two made a beautiful tart! I also had to turn on the broiler ~ forgot to mention that in my post..

  6. Gorgeous looking tart, your chief designer did a great job! How wonderful to have your granddaughter there to help you with this project! We loved this one in my house!

  7. Your cheif designer did an amazing job 🙂
    Lovely tart!

  8. How lucky you had a helper – looks like the two of you produced a fabulous tart!

  9. Great looking tart. Yours got so nice and dark. Mine just didn’t seem to want to colour and I even turned up the heat in the oven!

    1. Sandra, Mine was done and not hardly brown at all so I stuck it under the broiler for 2 minutes and that really did the trick!

  10. Wow, you got such a lovely edge on your tart! It looks beautiful and it is always a blessing to have help in the kitchen.

    1. Hi Elaine, thank you for stopping by my blog. It was so fun to have our granddaughter with us 🙂

  11. Love the color you got on your tart – very stunning! Well done!

  12. Your tart browned beautifully, and I like the photos of your chief designer in action. the tart didn’t last long in our house either, the guests ate all bar one slice.

    1. Dear saucygander, thank you for stopping by my blog. I love baking with you and all the others! Blessings!

  13. What a lovely tart!!! It looks perfect, more colorful than mine, it probably give more flavor!!!!
    Well done!

    1. Thanks Mel. It is definitely a keeper recipe! See you next time 🙂

  14. It’s great when kids help in the kitchen…future chef probably…

    Carmen

    1. Hi Carmen, you are right – always fun with kids in the kitchen!

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