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Alice Waters’ Apple Tart Recipe

Alice Waters’ very best apple tart recipe. It’s sophisticated, divine, and delicious. Definitely worth a try if you have a ton of apples lying around!

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“OMG! You’re back.”

I don’t know how to break it to you, but I never actually left. Anyway, I’ve got some awesome news!

No, I still haven’t gotten a new camera, but I have to mention something as equally awesome to you! One of the biggest people in blogging. A person that I have looked up to since I began food blogging is Bee of Rasa Malaysia. A couple of weeks ago, she asked me if I was interested in being her intern. Of course I talked it over with my parents, they were excited for me, but not as excited as I was– I was psyched. I wasn’t going to let one of the greatest opportunities go, so I quickly accepted her offer. Since then, we’ve kept me being her intern on the hush-hush, but on twitter the other day, we both announced it.

So, a little about how amazing of a person Bee is… Bee is not only one of the most amazing food bloggers on the face of this planet, she is one of the kindest, sweetest, and smartest, down-to-earth food blogger that I’ve talked to.

Not only is she amazing, but have you checked out her blog?! If you haven’t, you really are missing out on a lot!

Speaking of amazing bloggers, one my my other favorite bloggers, Deb of Smitten Kitchen has an amazing apple tart on her site that I happened to to make. You see, apples are by far one of my most favorite fruits. They are enjoyable in so many different ways that you’d probably be here until tomorrow reading my long list of ways to eat / prepare them.

Anyway, do you remember my mention of my crazy baking moment a while back? Well, today, I’d like to share one of the recipes that I made that day. This recipe was so good that I feel like it is my duty for me to share it with you all.

I am serious about it being my duty to share this recipe because it is that good.

Have you ever tried a recipe and have noticed how versatile certain aspects of it are? Well, this is one of those recipes…

This apple tart recipe is not only the best apple tart recipe that you are going to ever try- it can be made to look practically any way that you’d like it. I prefer making it semi- neat… You’ll have to look at the upcoming photos below to see what I mean.

So, how do you make it? Well, you start this whole thing by making a Pâte Brisée… Fancy name, I know, but the stuff is basically pie dough. Don’t let the words fool you! After making the dough, you want it to be very thin. Because I was using a rectangular (and pretty large) tart pan, I decided to double the dough recipe because I wasn’t going to roll the dough out to something that resembles the thickness of a couple sheets of paper.

After your dough is prepared, you want to peel, core, and slice the apples. I ended up with a few extra slices of apple, so instead of keeping everything all nicey-nice, I just decided to drop the rest on top with the first tart- yes, I made two… (now you know what I mean by semi-neat). I know, shame on me! By the way, when you scroll down to the recipe, the finished product is of the first tart… I wanted to post the photo of the nicer tart, but to my surprise all of the photos for that tart came out horribly blurry, the shots were good, but the photos just weren’t up to par. Oh, before I forget- DO NOT throw any of the peels and cores of the apples away. You’ll need them for something else…

After brushing the tart crust with some melted butter, you’re going to want to sprinkle a few tablespoons of granulated sugar on top of the crust and the apples.

Bake this tart pan of deliciousness for about an hour, rotating frequently until the crust is a deep golden brown color.

While the tart is baking, take all of the reserved peels and cores, place them in a mixture of sugar and water and reduce the mixture down until it becomes a syrup. Once the tart is out of the oven (and cooled for a few minutes), brush the tart with the syrup and enjoy! Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or anything else that may be good to serve with this. I personally like eating it alone, but I know that my family likes eating it with vanilla ice cream- something that we have in our freezer no matter what time of the year it is. Speaking of vanilla ice cream. I should so make some! Who said it’s too late in the year to make some?

Yield: 1 Apple Tart

Apple Tart Recipe

Apple Tart Recipe

Alice Waters' Apple Tart Recipe via Smitten Kitchen

This is Alice Water's Apple Tart Recipe, though I read that she says it's a Jacque Pepin recipe. Regardless, it's delicious. Here, I baked it in a rectangular tart pan (I doubled the dough portion of the recipe for this) and the filling fills it beautifully. So, feel free to use a normal tart pan, or do as I did.

Feel free to make the dough ahead and assemble everything when you're ready to bake. Just remember to save the apple peels and cores for the glaze!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes


Pastry Dough

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chilled water


  • 2 pounds apples (Golden Delicious or another tart, firm variety; I used Honeycrisp Apples), peeled, cored (save peels and cores), and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons sugar


  • 1/2 cup sugar


Make the Dough: Sift flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl; add 2 tablespoons of the butter. Blend in a mixer until the dough resembles coarse cornmeal or blend with two hands / pastry blender. Add the rest of the butter; mix everything until the biggest pieces look like large sized peas.

Slowly add in water, stir, then slowly add in more until the dough just holds together. Toss with hands, letting it fall through your fingers, until it’s ropy with some dry patches. If dry patches predominate, add another tablespoon water. Keep tossing until you can roll the dough into a ball.

Flatten into a 4-inch-round disk; refrigerate. After at least 30 minutes, remove; let soften so it’s malleable but still cold. Smooth cracks at edges.

On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 14-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. If you are using a squared tart pan, you want to roll the dough out into a rectangle. Dust excess flour from both sides with a dry pastry brush.

Place the dough in a lightly greased 9-inch round or squared tart pan (read headnotes), or simply on a parchment-lined baking sheet if you wish to go free-form, or galette-style with it.

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Assemble and Bake the Apple Tart: Overlap the apples on the dough in a ring 2 inches from edge if using a round tart pan. If using a rectangular tart pan, overlap the apples in even columns. If going galette-style, or up to the sides if using the tart pan. Continue inward until you reach the center. Fold any dough hanging over pan back onto itself; crimp edges at 1-inch intervals.

Brush melted butter over apples and onto dough edge. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over dough edge and the other 3 tablespoons over apples. (You definitely will not be able to put all 5 tablespoons of sugar on this tart. It’s just too much! But if you can, more power to you!)

Bake in center of oven until apples are soft, with browned edges, and crust has caramelized to a dark golden brown (about 45 minutes), making sure to rotate tart every 15 minutes.

Make glaze: Put reserved peels and cores in a large saucepan, along with sugar. Pour in just enough water to cover; simmer for 25 minutes. Strain syrup through cheesecloth.

Remove tart from oven, and slide off parchment onto cooling rack. Let cool at least 15 minutes.

Brush glaze over tart, slice, and serve.

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