Jess here, and I’m feeling pretty confident that today’s installment of Perfect Bite will have you suddenly excited to bid summer adieu. Bathing suit, schmathing suit, ladies — let’s break out the elastic waistbands!  I’m officially packing away summer and welcoming fall the best way possible. Never mind that the temperature is still tipping the scales at 100 degrees in Austin…I’m ready to break out my fall recipes!

This apple tart is the epitome of September and is filled to the brim with Granny Smith apples in a buttery, flaky crust. It couldn’t be more simple and calls for ingredients likely already in your cupboards.  September tastes good. Follow the jump for the recipe…

Rustic Apple Tart

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa : Back to Basics


for the pastry

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • ½ cup ice water

for the apples

  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) cold unsalted butter, small-diced
  • ½ cup apricot jelly or warm sieved apricot jam (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons Calvados, rum, or water
  1. For the pastry, place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse for a few seconds to combine. Add the butter and pulse 10 to 12 times, until the butter is in small bits the size of peas. With the motor running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse just until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  3. Roll the dough slightly larger than 10 x 14 inches. Using a ruler and a small knife, trim the edges. Place the dough on the prepared sheet pan and refrigerate while you prepare the apples.
  4. Peel the apples and cut them in half through the stem. Remove the stems and cores with a sharp knife and a melon baller. Slice the apples crosswise in ¼-inch-thick slices. Place overlapping slices of apples diagonally down the middle of the tart and continue making diagonal rows on both sides of the first row until the pastry is covered with apple slices. (I tend not to use the apple ends in order to make the arrangement beautiful.) Sprinkle with the full ½ cup sugar and dot with the butter.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the pastry is browned and the edges of the apples start to brown. Rotate the pan once during cooking. If the pastry puffs up in one area, cut a little slit with a knife to let the air out. Don’t worry! The apple juices will burn in the pan but the tart will be fine! When the tart’s done, heat the apricot jelly together with the Calvados and brush the apples and the pastry completely with the jelly mixture. Loosen the tart with a metal spatula so it doesn’t stick to the paper. Allow to cool and serve warm or at room temperature.

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Comments (13)
  1. 1
    Dana McDowell August 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm


  2. 2
    Amy August 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Haha! Break out the elastic waistbands. You are too funny Jess! Loving this recipe too.

  3. 3
    Allie Shultz August 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This recipe is making me want fall to start. It looks delicious.

  4. 4
    naomi September 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    This image made my mouth water. Yum!

  5. 5
    Tiffany September 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    This looks delicious!! I love anything with apple in it heheh..would totally make this if I had an oven at my place..


  6. 6
    Inge Potts September 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Could I use my Vitamix for the dough ?

  7. 7
    Debra September 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Beautifully yummy! 🙂



Jess Simpson