Flat apple & vanilla tart

Flat apple & vanilla tart

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(54 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins Ready in 40 minutes


Serves 6 - 8
A gorgeous looking tart that is fantastic for any occasion - from morning tea to decadent dessert

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal356
  • fat18g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars10.7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.58g
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  • 375g pack puff pastry, preferably all-butter
  • 5 large eating apples - Cox's, russets or Elstar



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • juice of 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 25g butter, cut into small pieces



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 tsp vanilla sugar or 1 tsp vanilla extract



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 rounded tbsp apricot conserve


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Roll out the pastry and trim to a round about 35cm across. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  2. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples and toss in the lemon juice. Spread over the pastry to within 2cm of the edges. Curl up the edges slightly to stop the juices running off.

  3. Dot the top with the butter and sprinkle with vanilla and caster sugar. Bake for 15-20 mins until the apples are tender and the pastry crisp.

  4. Warm the conserve and brush over the apples and pastry edge. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche.

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Comments (62)

stroudg1's picture

Made this at the weekend and it a great hit! I applied the apricot glaze 15 minutes into the cooking and then cooked for a further 5. I'm going to try this again but add some marzipan below the apples.

j4nemac's picture

I've made this a few times now and it's always a hit. I tend to cook it a little longer than the recipe states. It's also tastes good cold the day after.

benmolly's picture

Very easy to make and very tasty.

benmolly's picture

Very easy to make and very tasty.

brookeflora's picture

great recipe,really good and easy very impressed.

elizabethdavies's picture

This is such a simple and delicious pudding. I added chocolate chips five minutes before the end of the cooking time which partially melted with the vanilla to create an extra moorish addition. Will definately make again for a dinner party.

choccylab's picture

Made this today for dessert. Super easy (has to be for me - I'm no baker!) and it was absolutely delicious. Served with custard. Didn't change the recipe at all. Perfection!

aniaetza's picture

So simple and yet so delicious ;-)

aniaetza's picture

Delicious tart ;-) and very easy to make....

rebeccahelen's picture

I did this recipe at school and found it really easy. I made it rectangular because I bought the already rolled pastry. I also put the apples in rows. I really enjoyed this tart and will make it again.

rebeccahelen's picture

I did this recipe at school and found it really easy. I made it rectangular because I bought the already rolled pastry. I also put the apples in rows. I really enjoyed this tart and will make it again.

wessen's picture

Just as easy as everyone says and I'm not the world's best baker! Looks v impressive and there's basically no effort required.

dgaffney's picture

Baked it for 40 mins pastry very crisp served with creme fraiche - very tasty!

whensdinner's picture

So yummy and quick, and has worked well everytime I've made it.

busterbruce's picture

Very nice!

triciabrennan's picture

Absolutely delicious and very easy and quick to make. Would thoroughly recommend it.

rebeccaahughes's picture

This was SO easy and came out looking amazing ..I made it for the first time for a dinner party yesterday my guests were very impressed at 'all my hardwork' (ha ha) and it was seconds all round! Thank you.

acatraps's picture

Very easy, very tasty, perfect dessert!

cpowell249's picture

Very tasty.

irenegow's picture

Very easy to prepare tart. Struggled with the apricot glaze but have taken advice to sieve the jam to get it as thin as possible. This did not seem to affect the taste or presentation. I cooked it slightly longer until I could see the pastry a nice golden colour. I would definitely make it again. Made it the day before too. Nice cold or warm.


Questions (7)

Lemonpuff's picture

Hi, Forgive me if this is a silly question.... but can you freeze this once cooled? Thanks.

danielkathryn's picture

Does this work well when made ahead of time and reheated? Many thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. Yes, you could make the tart ahead of time and refresh in a medium/hot oven for a few minutes.

Lisat2013's picture

I find the apple peeling, coring and slicing process slow. Can this be done in advance and frozen as my apples turn brown if left for more than 30 mins if I don't bake immediately?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, if you squeeze the apples with lemon juice as you go along, it will stop them from browning. Hope that helps!

Lisat2013's picture

I used vanilla pods. Can anyone suggest how to get the vanilla incorporated into the apples as just dropping it on top makes it look burnt when taken out of the oven. Still it's delicious but just not very attractive. Suggestions welcome thank you.

goodfoodteam's picture

You can scrape the seeds out of the pod and mix them in with the apples and lemon juice - that will work a treat! Half a pod should be enough.

last edited: 15:00, 18th Dec, 2013

Tips (1)

danicquinn's picture

Lovely and extremely straight-forward to make; guests really enjoyed it. I added some flaked almonds before it went in, which added a bit more texture and another flavour. I expect I'll make it again, but I might also add some cardamom or cinnamon too.