Flat apple & vanilla tart

Flat apple & vanilla tart

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(58 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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4th Feb, 2018
Not many people have a serving plate 35cm in diameter so worth checking this first so I made this to fit the dish I had! Like others have said apple quantities in recipe are very generous. Cooked this the day before and reheated for 10-15mins in 160°C fan oven with foil on top. Tasted lovely.
Nicola Oliver
28th Mar, 2017
This is amazing - my children made it for me on Mothers Day, it looked and tasted wonderful. Perfect balance of crisp apples and vanilla.
15th Nov, 2016
Oh my! This is a really delicious simple apple tar recipe. I made individual rectangular slices and finished on the top with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce which we then ate cold. Will be making again.
12th Sep, 2016
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.
2nd Mar, 2014
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.
19th May, 2013
Very easy to make and very tasty.
19th May, 2013
Very easy to make and very tasty.
2nd Apr, 2013
great recipe,really good and easy very impressed.
3rd Mar, 2013
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.
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23rd Feb, 2013
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!


29th Jul, 2014
Hi, Forgive me if this is a silly question.... but can you freeze this once cooled? Thanks.
18th Feb, 2014
Does this work well when made ahead of time and reheated? Many thanks
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28th Feb, 2014
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.
18th Dec, 2013
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?
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18th Dec, 2013
Hi there, if you squeeze the apples with lemon juice as you go along, it will stop them from browning. Hope that helps!
18th Dec, 2013
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
18th Dec, 2013
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.
29th Sep, 2013
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.