Flat apple & vanilla tart

Flat apple & vanilla tart

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(55 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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2nd May, 2011
Did anyone try it with custard? Comments?
25th Feb, 2011
very easy to make but the pastry was soggy on the bottom and the apples looked very pale. Cooked it for a bit longer but didn't want to risk burning the edges. Any tips greatly appreciated!
22nd Feb, 2011
This looks stunning! Truly could have come straiht out of a parisian bakery! A must try!
13th Jan, 2011
delicious! Then i realised i had forgotten the glaze! Family favourite!
22nd Oct, 2010
Didn't need as many apples as I sliced, three large ones were plenty! Gorgeous tasting and so simple to make, fab.
12th Aug, 2010
Couldn't get the apples specified but gave it a go with Royal Gala the first time (not so nice) then Braeburn the second time (delish). An easy, tasty pudding.
12th Jun, 2010
A lovely cheap pudding. As puff pastry only comes in 250g blocks here, I cut the pastry into four and made seperate tarts using only two apples. I would love to incorporate a bit of apple brandy into the topping but I'm not sure how.
7th Jun, 2010
Quick and easy but unfortunately nothing special :(
5th May, 2010
A very nice, easy, quick and impressive dessert for entertaining! Made this for a dinner party last week (I made 6 individual tarts). As a tip, I would prick the pastry base a bit before baking to stop it from rising up too much. Mine also looked a bit pale but the taste was fantastic! Served with a scoop of high-quality vanilla ice cream, yum!
4th May, 2010
Lovely! I turned up the heat a little at the end and cooked it for about 10mins longer. It would not have cooked/coloured enough if I didn't. Will make again and hopefully next time it will be even better!


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