Today, we are featuring Art of the Home light French apple tart recipe – recette de la tarte légère aux pommes. This is a variation on the traditional French “tarte aux pommes”, which typically includes a homemade compote or a crème pâtissière (pastry cream). Our light French apple tart is perfect with tea or coffee, or simply served as a light pastry dessert after a meal. We make it year-round but in the summer especially, we love to make this light French apple tart recipe — so delicious on a hot summer day and a guilt-free treat!
Light French Apple Tart Recipe – Tarte Légère aux Pommes
So to get a good serving of fruit for the day and satisfy your craving for a sweet pastry, check our detailed recipe and Art of the Home suggestions below. Enjoy and bon appétit!
INGREDIENTS (for 6-8 servings)
- 2-3 golden apples (will depend on how big your apples are)
- 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry (e.g. Pepperidge Farm)
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 2 TBSP of sugar
- 1 sugar vanilla bag (or 1 TBSP of homemade vanilla sugar)
- A few pinches of cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 410 °F.
- Wash and peel apple. Cut them in quarters, core each quarter and make very thin wedges. Set aside on a plate or bowl.
- Butter a 9 inch tart pan (or line baking dish with parchment paper), roll out pie crust and place inside tart pan. Prick with fork (a dozen times or so will do).
- Arrange apple wedges to form a circle, they should overlap a little bit. Sprinkle evenly with sugar and vanilla sugar. Add a few pinches of cinnamon on top. Dot with half of the butter (this will allow the butter to melt evenly over the apples during the baking process).
- Bake for 15 minutes, take out and dot with the rest of the butter. Bake for another 15 minutes.
- Serve warm or cold.
A FEW SUGGESTIONS
- Cinnamon substitution: skip the cinnamon and dust with confectioners’ sugar instead.
- Light French Apple Tart à la mode: add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a special dessert. When in France, we love the Madagascar vanilla ice cream by Carte D’Or but in the US, we make our own homemade Madagascar vanilla ice cream – si bon!