Recipes

Easy French Apple Tart

Two weeks into our marriage, my husband sat me down for a serious talk. “I’m starving,” he told me. Not starving as in hungry for a sandwich. Starving as in he had been seriously hungry for the two weeks I had been attempting to cook for him. He was hungry, miserable, desperate, and he either needed for me to learn to cook or hand the kitchen over to him!

My very first attempt to cook him a meal resulted in me starting a kitchen fire, a feat I repeated more than once in those early years of marriage.

And don’t even get me started on the first meal I attempted to serve my in-laws! I’ll save that story for another time. 😉

I should have been on Worst Cooks in America, truly, which is why it is both hilarious and wonderful to me that people now ask me for recipes and cooking advice. Cooking did not come naturally to me at all, but somehow it became my absolute favorite hobby.

What I love about this recipe is that it looks impressive, but it is ridiculously quick and easy. There is a time and place for fancy desserts with multiple steps, but sometimes I need something I can toss in the oven in a hurry!

Like when Brandon signs up to take a dessert to a potluck and, oops, forgets to tell me until the last minute.

Ahem.

With premade pie crust and just a few steps, this is my current go-to for a quick, beautiful, delicious dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp of honey

Directions:

Set your pie crust out to soften and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Core and slice your apples as thinly as possible. I like to leave the skins on, I love the added texture and flavor!

Place your pie crust in a tart pan and press the sides against the walls of the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut off the excess crust for a uniform edge.

Mix your brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. I use dark brown sugar in this recipe because of the extra molasses content. Compared to light brown sugar, dark brown has a more complex flavor with strong hints of caramel. We’re using that to our advantage, letting the brown sugar, butter, and vanilla create amazing caramel flavor without the work involved in making a proper caramel. Sprinkle approximately 3 tbsp of this gorgeous sugar and cinnamon directly on your pie crust.

Begin layering your apples in a circular fashion. I like to make 2 layers of apples, starting on the outside and working my way into the middle. The star of this recipe really is the crust, so don’t go apple crazy! We’re not going for a deep pie here. I’ve made it that way and it’s still delicious, but something magic happens when you keep the apple layers really thin. The crust gets so crispy, the apples get incredibly soft, and each slice holds up so well that my kids eat it like pizza.

Mix the melted butter and vanilla extract into the remaining portion of brown sugar and drizzle all of this on to your apples.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. You are looking for deep color on your crust and in the sugar on your apples.

Before serving, drizzle the apples with honey. Don’t skip this step! Use the best honey you can find, the flavor difference is astounding. I personally love Sourwood honey that I used to buy at the Ohio farmer’s market. I need a new supplier here in Arkansas, I’m down to the bottom of my last jar!

The condensed recipe is below, I hope you love it! If you make it, please let me know!

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp of honey

Directions:

  1. Set pie crust out to soften. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Core and slice apples thinly.
  3. Place pie crust in a tart pan and press the sides against the walls of the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut off the excess crust for a uniform edge.
  4. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle approximately 3 tbsp of this on pie crust.
  5. Layer apples in a circular fashion, starting on the outside and working your way into the middle.
  6. Mix the melted butter and vanilla extract into the remaining portion of brown sugar and drizzle all of this on to apples.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until crust develops deep color. Remove from oven and drizzle with honey.


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