Sunday, December 4, 2011

Apple pie tart

I love making apple pie but I have the hardest time rolling out dough. I follow exactly what Martha Stewart does on her show but every time my dough rolls out more like a snow flake than a circle. Hers is a perfect without any cracks and mine looks like a kid had a go at it. Now I don't have marble counters. I have those cheap laminate counter tops that I can't upgrade because this place is a rental. This apartment is like the inside of furnace year round so my counters are too warm and the dough sticks to it. I tried the rolling it between 2 sheets of plastic wrap but that really only works on tv. I was flipping through one of my food magazines and found this recipe and thought it was brilliant. I changed it slightly and I have to tell you it is the best combination of an apple pie and tart. They called it apple pie cake but I thought it was more like a tart than a cake. The crust is flaky on the bottom and the crumb on top is buttery and crunchy. If you too like apple pie but hate rolling the dough then this is what you've been looking for. Give it a try and let me know what you think.


2 c. Flour
1 c. light brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon (divided)
2 sticks of cold butter cut into small pieces
6-8 granny smith apples
2 tbs sugar


In a food processor combine flour, brown sugar, 1tsp cinnamon and butter. Pulse until mixtures forms pea size pieces. You can also use pastry cutter if you want to do it by hand. Press 2/3 of the mixture into a spring form pan and about up 1/2 inch up the sides. Put it in the refrigerator while you prepare apples.

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel, core and cut apples into thin slices. I use a tool that does all of this at one time. It is great because it is super fast if you have kids they will love to do it with you. Check out the video of my son helping at the bottom. Toss the apples in a large bowl with remaining tsp of cinnamon and sugar. Put them in the prepared pan.

sprinkle the rest of the crumbled mixture over the top of the apples. place on top of a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hr. or until golden Brown. Let cool completely and then release pan.


  1. I suddenly feel so lucky that my house is always pretty cold inside and my tabletop doesn't seem so bad after all...haha :) Still, my dough never comes out all that nice either! The looks delicious- especially the crumble topping!

  2. Von, I am glad I am not alone in my dough rolling issues. I hope you try it and like it as much as we do.

  3. I love apple tart/pie especially with ice cream or whipped cream.

  4. This looks sooo yummy! And thanks for that video, I've always wondered how those worked!

  5. Thanks Brooke, My kids love that machine and love video taping everything they do. I love your blog.