TwD Baking with Julia: French Apple Tart

January 22, 2013

I was all in for the French Apple Tart that the Tuesdays with Dorie group made this week. A few months ago, I saw the episode of Baking with Julia when Leslie Mackie made this tart, and I wrote a note in my book that said “looks really good.” And it was!

French Apple Tart

The apples didn’t get very brown, but they were tender and tasty.

There are a number of components in this recipe, so I split the tasks over two days, starting the crust and making the filling on day one, and finishing it off on day two.

Crust: The crust is a pie dough made with a combination of butter and vegetable shortening. Pie crust makes me nervous! I had no idea if it was any good, so I took the scraps, sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar, and baked them. I took a bite and high-fived myself – the crust was flaky and delicious!

Flaky Pie Crust

Flaky pie crust scrap

Filling: To make the filling, apple slices are tossed with sugar, cinnamon, flour, and lemon juice (the recipe calls for bread crumbs, but I skipped those) and roasted in the oven. After roasting, the apples are mashed into an applesauce.

Topping: Sliced apples are arranged on top of the filling, brushed with melted butter, and sprinkled with sugar.

Put them all together, bake it, and the finished product is delicious!

You can find the recipe on page 379 of Baking with Julia, or click over to Laws of the Kitchen, where Gaye has the recipe posted today. Thank you Gaye for hosting this week!


  1. My apple topping didn’t brown either but that didn’t seem to matter – still tasted pretty good. My presentation was not so beautiful as yours! Kristine

  2. Your tart looks great! And your pie crust looks wonderfully flaky! Great job. My crust turned out, but I definitely need more practice.
    I was a really good tart though! Glad we got to make it.

  3. Your tart looks lovely! A big hit in my house…will definitely make again!!

  4. You did a great job with this tart! And your crust looks just perfect. My tart only browned slightly and then I took it out of the oven as I was worried that the crust would burn.

  5. My tart only browned after spending extra time in the oven. Your presentation is beautiful, I am particularly impressed by how good the crust looks.

  6. That flaky scrap looks perfect. A good pie crust is a thing of beauty.

  7. Aaah, now you were the clever one splitting this over two days. I made it all in one big shebang and thought I would never get there! Your tart looks fabulous, and I bet it tasted great too.

  8. My apples did not brown either. But your pie crust definitely turned out beautifully – I still need to work on mine.

  9. Beautiful! The crust looks terrific! Perfectly flaky. This one’s a keeper.

  10. It looks delicious – glad it tastes delicious too! Seriously, how could you beat apple pie?

  11. Wow-that looks REALLY good. I would happily even eat the scraps! 🙂

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