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Apple Tart

For 15 years my husband, daughter and I owned and operated an apple orchard, where we raised 27 variations of apples on 2,200 trees. This easy apple tart recipe is my personal favorite. My family even prefers this wonderful dish with tart apples over traditional apple pie. I hope you enjoy it, too. —Marilyn Begres, Dexter, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Pastry for a single-crust pie


  • In a 10-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, heat 3/4 cup sugar, stirring constantly until it is liquefied and golden brown. Remove from the heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon and remaining sugar. Arrange half the apples in a single layer in skillet. Sprinkle with half the sugar mixture. Arrange half the remaining apples in circular pattern over sugar; sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture. Place remaining apples over all, keeping the top as level as possible. Dot with butter.
  • Roll out dough to 11-in. circle; place over apples, pressing gently to completely cover. Do not flute. Bake at 400° until apples are tender and golden brown, about 50 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 284 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Orbs
    Nov 28, 2017

    Best recipe ever! I used Gala apples and a Trader Joe's pie crust. Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing this recipe.

  • NancyStillman
    Jan 30, 2015

    Love this recipe, before I had perfected a traditional apple pie I made this many times. The first apple pie my Son made and now he makes the pies for his in-laws family dinners. We still enjoy this caramel apple pie.

  • marciedarcie
    Jan 25, 2012

    I would LOVE to say that I made this it was simple and delicious but after two failed attempts, I quit. It is not easy to melt sugar. The first time the sugar dissolved but then hardened in the pie crust. The second attempt led to the sugar not dissolving and hardening in the pie crust. My fault maybe but still not at all an easy recipe.

  • Bolero
    Jun 20, 2010

    Quick and much easier than apple pie. I used greased parchment paper on bottom of pan for nonstick removal, and sprinkled 1/2 cup coconut on top of apple slices. The whole family loved it!

  • cllong
    Jul 30, 2009