This French Apple Tart is absolutely delicious! This recipe definitely tops all other apple tarts and pies I've made, from the crust to the filling to the topping. Totally scrumptious.
That said, much effort and time are required.
The crust is made with both chilled butter and chilled shortening, which give it both delicious flavor and flaky texture.
After preparing the dough, either by hand or in a food processor, it is chilled for several hours. After I chilled my pie dough, I called for some very cute kitchen helpers. My kiddos were home for the holiday yesterday, so I got them all involved! We each made our own individual mini apple tarts.
6 year old Hannah is rolling over the tart pan to cut the crust!
8 year old Emma shows off her finished tart crust!
After chilling in the fridge for 30 minutes, the tart crusts are baked with pie weights, dried beans, or rice to prevent bubbles in the bottom of the crust and to prevent the sides of the crust from sliding down. After baking for 20-25 minutes, the crusts are set aside to cool.
While the crusts are chilling and then baking, I prepare the apple filling. Tart Granny Smiths are peeled and sliced thin, then baked with sugar, freshly made, soft bread crumbs, a smidgen of flour, and a dash of cinnamon. The baked apple slices are mashed with their juices, then cooled. Ohhhh, the kids and I could have eaten this by the spoonful!
While the pie crusts and apple filling are cooling, I peel and slice additional Granny Smith apples for the tops of the tarts.
The tart crusts are filled with the apple filling, and are then ready for the topping.
The kids enjoyed this part the best---arranging the apple slices! I love, love, love how each tart is different. What a fun and unique way to personalize dessert!!
Before baking, the apple slices are brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with sugar. (I used pearl sugar.)
The kids were so proud of their individual desserts, but even more so, they enjoyed each and every bite.
Hannah (6), Emma (8), Matthew (10), and Ainsley (11 1/2) show off their tarts!
From start to end, these French Apple Tarts took the better part of the day to make. They're not a quick throw-together dessert. That said, they're worth the time and effort, and if you enjoy multi-step recipes, you'll love this one!
For the complete recipe, please visit Gaye of Laws of the Kitchen. Or you can find the recipe in the cookbook, Baking with Julia, written by Dorie Greenspan.