Simple Apple Tart Recipe + Holiday TIPS
Enjoy this Simple Apple Tart Recipe, made with Gala or Golden Delicious apples, a pleasantly mild and sweet taste, with a crisp texture.
Friends. The holidays are HERE. It’s so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in 9 days! If you love apples, then you’ll love this Sweet Apple Tart Recipe today, or you can watch my NEW video for a Salted Caramel Apple Cake! (It’s an easy upside cake – DELISH!)
Here are a few things that are essential for me for the holidays.
- I want to relax and make memories.
- I want to be present in the moment. Stop thinking so much about what I have to do (although, it does pay to be organized when you are hosting), and not miss out on anything!
How can this be done?
Don’t over-complicate. If you’re hosting a big bash for Thanksgiving, consider keeping Christmas (eve or the day) simple! Have you tried my Best Clam Chowder recipe? It’s a crowd pleaser! Also, Friends, it’s okay to ask for help, both in delegation of dishes, and dish duty!
No social media. Besides a quick photo of the table, or the family all together at the table, hopefully you can set your phone aside. I say get off Facebook (which can be a downer), don’t be looking at what others are doing, but look inside your own windows, your own family, what’s happening right before your very eyes! We have so much to be thankful for, we don’t need to be looking at what others are doing, thus missing out on our own moments of joy!
Enjoy nature. The holidays are a time of giving, tradition, cheer, and relaxation. But what about nature? We love to take several walks, hikes, breathe in the fresh mountain air, enjoy slow walks, holding hands, talking.
When is the last time you went on a walk and held someone’s hand?
Just this past weekend, our dear friends stayed with us for a few nights. We went on hikes, walks, and at one point … I reached over and grabbed my friend Laurel’s hand.
Because I love her so. I appreciate her friendship, her love for our family. And I just wanted to feel her hand in mine.
Sweet friends are a gift, and with the holiday rush, I don’t want to miss you.
Simple Apple Tart Recipe
Now for the delicious tart. I love cooking with apples! Even though we are missing our friends, Roger and Faye’s, Golden Delicious apples this year, the farmer’s market here in Bend had plenty!
For the top, slice the apples the way you love to make a tart (I like thicker pieces)!
It’s easier to make a tart with a tart pan, with a removable bottom. Make it your own!
Pretty and simple for company!
Simple Apple Tart Recipe
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
- FOR CRUST:
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, small cubes
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 2 Tbsp. ice water
- FOR COMPOTE:
- 3 Gala or Golden Delicious apples, cut into chunks
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- ¼ cup apple juice
- ¼ cup water
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- Zest of 1 lemon
- FOR TOPPING:
- 2 Gala or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4" thin
- 1 tsp. of sugar
- 2 Tbsp. orange marmalade jam, heated
- 1/2 lemon, juice
- In a food processor, combine flour, salt and sugar and pulse until combined. And butter cubes; pulse until dough turns into a coarse meal.
- Beat egg together with water. Add the egg mixture, slowly, pulsing just until dough comes together.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface; make into a ball and pat down to make it flat. Wrap the piece in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In a medium sauce pan, add apple chunks, juice, water cinnamon and zest. Cover and cook on high; bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often so the apples won’t stick to the bottom. Simmer uncovered until most of the liquid is evaporated.
- With a fork, mash apples into a paste with a fork. Allow to cool completely; it will thicken as it cools.
- Roll the dough on a floured surface, and lay in a 9" tart pan.
- Spread a single layer of compote on the bottom, and place in freezer while you prep your apples.
- Peel, core and slice apples, about 1/4 " thick. Place in bowl and squeeze with lemon juice.
- Remove tart from the freezer. Arrange the apples on top, slightly overlapping the other, making your way all around the tart until you reach the center.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Turn the oven on to BROIL (HI), and place the tart under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, until the apples begin to get lightly toasted.
- Heat the jam (I microwave for about 20 seconds). Brush the tart with jam to create a nice shine.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of homemade whipped cream!
More apple recipes:
Apple Cherry German Pancake Recipe (with a Le Creuset giveaway!)