TwD: Baking French Apple Tart with Julia


For this week’s TwD: Baking with Julia assignment, I wasn’t too jazzed about making tart dough from scratch, especially since I waited till Monday night to make everything. But, fortunately, I had all the Presidential Inauguration coverage to keep me entertained. That, and I was intrigued by the fact that this French apple tart use pre-baked and smooshed apples as a filling and only sliced apples on top for decoration. I suppose I wouldn’t have minded slicing enough apples to fill the entire tart because I finally broke down and purchased a mandoline! Though, mine is black and not the nifty red like in the link.

I followed the recipe for the most part, but I have to make yet another comment about the amount of ingredients Dorie’s recipes require. Granted, I only made half the tart dough, so I have one frozen and ready for next time. But, as for the apples, I was amazed that the recipe called for six Granny Smith apples for the filling! I used only three, and that was plenty to fill the crust. I used half of another apple for the sliced top layer design. I could’ve used the other half to make more layered circles, but that still means I only used four apples total. Dorie’s recipe called for another two to three apples just for the top circle layers. Good lord. Nine apples in one tart? That would be one apple-y tart. If you like apples, you should really try this French apple tart! Another bonus is that you can get the recipe from one of the nicest bloggers out there and this week’s host: Gaye of Laws of the Kitchen.

61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 09:32:36

    It looks wonderful!

  2. Mary
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 09:55:12

    That looks simply delicious – my mouth is watering just looking at the photo!
    Mary x

  3. spicegirlfla
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:24:39

    Apple tart or pie is comfort dessert for me. This looks perfect! I’d say that I like more apples in my pie and less in a tart as they are to be a thinner dessert. Either well, its made me craving warm apples!

  4. Baking is my Zen
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:04:20

    Nicely done with a sprinkle a confectioners sugar.


  5. Dawn
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:06:29

    Looks beautiful!!

  6. Krissy
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:06:50

    I agree that it is lots of apples…I made a 10″…and I did not think this recipe had enough sugar for all those sour apples and lemon juice…maybe my apples were too big or ? This was a pretty tart, but not one I will re-do without tweaks.

  7. Jodi
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:11:17

    Very pretty!

  8. Alice
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:14:14

    wish i had made this one this week! I’m going to put this on my make-up list for sure for TWD… I have to get back into the group! nine apples does seem like quite a bit! Must have been nine SMALL apples! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Sara
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:22:52

    Yay for the mandoline, definitely makes some tasks a lot quicker! Lovely tart – looks really tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Food,Photography & France
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:34:42

    I so often find that recipes demand an insane amount of certain ingredients – fruit being the main offender. Take no notice and just use what’s needed. You won’t regret the mandoline – your fingertips might regret it, but if God wouldn’t have given you fingertips if He didn’t mean you to cut them ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. SandraM
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:35:32

    Great looking slice of tart!! You must have really big apples, as I did need all 4 four the filling and then 3 for the slices!
    I almost didn’t make this, as I thought it looked like a lot of work. But I’m so glad I did.

  12. Tammy
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:10:41

    Now that I think about it, apples are kind of an All American thing, even if this is called a French tart. (And with all that’s going on over there, how I wouldn’t want to be French right now.) How appropriate that we made “apple pie” on inauguration weekend!

  13. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:13:08

    Yum! This looks great!

  14. Katerina
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:22:16

    Beautiful tart! I am a big fan of apple pies!

  15. Sara
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:36:15

    I was curious about the amount of apples too! I ended up using 8 total, but they were tiny, tiny apples. Maybe that’s what the recipe means to use? Because I could not imagine buying 9 large apples for this thing! Seems like overkill. Anyhoo, your tart turned out wonderfully! Nice job!

  16. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:58:46

    Looks so heavenly. I feel like I can almost smell the apple-y aroma.

    Jan 22, 2013 @ 14:17:26

    Beautiful tart! Looks so perfectly delicious!!

  18. Choc Chip Uru
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 15:10:38

    This tart looks brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 15:45:51

    The apple tart looks delicious:) I agree, it seems there may have been too many apples called for in the recipe. You did a great job on your tart.

  20. TrafficDiva
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 15:49:10

    I have a question, Yummy……Is that ice cream in the picture next to the pie or is that whip cream????????
    Not like it matters because I’ve already droooled on my screen since it looked SO good…but just wonering….LOL! =)

  21. Andi winslow
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 16:28:30

    Have never made a tart. Looks very good. Andi

  22. Elaine
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 17:29:15

    Your slice looks so pretty with the sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar. I also made mine while watching the inauguration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Cher
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 18:39:38

    I clearly need a tv in my kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lovely tart!

  24. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 19:41:58

    oh this looks faaaabulous!

  25. betsy
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 21:04:07

    You’re right, this did call for a lot of apples. It looks scrumptious! I like the powdered sugar sprinkle. I forgot to do that. You’ll need to make one with just sliced apples so you can test drive that mandoline!

  26. Natalie
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 21:33:14

    Loving the apple recipes!! Such a comforting dessert!

  27. Ronda
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 21:38:56


  28. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 22:28:20

    delicious! I just got through watching her on the new show The Taste! She is great on it and I think i am going to like the show- i think! What i do know for sure is I LOVE this tart

  29. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 22:54:01

    Looks delicious! I think that winter is the perfect time for apples desserts!

  30. jessica
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 23:11:08

    looove apple and ice cream!


  31. anita menon
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 23:44:23

    I love Dorie’s recipe except that she uses way lot of butter. Sometimes I feel that the end product tastes more of butter than any other flavour. Ditto for the sugar too. I act a little conservatively when I try Dorie’s recipes. It is good that you went by your gut instinct and used only 3-4 apples. It looks fantastic

  32. Emma (fluff and fripperies)
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 02:21:46

    This is my husband’s favourite dessert – looks delish!

  33. My Kitchen Stories
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 04:22:44

    I love apples I’d adore it. Maybe her apples were really small?. Looks like you made it very nicely despite the time constraints

  34. Bam's Kitchen
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 04:35:33

    Of course I am shuttering in my chair as I hear you echo the words mandolin! Oh my goodness be careful as it took 4 weeks and 2 trips to the urgent care to get my finger to stop bleeding. However, the risk of the mandaolin was outweighed by your gorgeous end product.

  35. Hotly Spiced
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 04:43:30

    I think your tart looks perfect. I’m just not sure how it would have looked if you’d used all nine apples – how would they have fitted into the pie tin???

  36. Cakelaw
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 05:36:42

    Your tart looks fab. I loved the footage from the inauguration- I thought Michelle Obama looked stunning in her red ball gown.

  37. baker in disguise
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 06:54:00

    I wasnt too keen onthis dessert to be honest.. I prefer a regular apple pie anyday!! but yours came out great!!

  38. smarkies
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 07:18:33

    Your tart looks great! I used about 8 apples and it sorta all fit.

  39. Karen
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 08:02:10

    It does sound like a lot of apples for a tart…yours looks great.

  40. kitchen flavours
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 09:15:18

    Looks wonderful! I love apple tarts and pies! Two slices for me, please!

  41. squishymonster
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 09:39:19

    Sounds like a tart I can make on the fly–love it!

  42. Amelia
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:42:06

    Excellent apple tart. Look delicious, great to go with coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a nice week ahead.

  43. saffronandhoney
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:20:09

    A classic and a favorite for a reason – looks wonderful! I would love some for breakfast haha

  44. Constance Ant
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:51:30

    you make me wanna go buy oven now Now NOW so that i can start baking already! :/

  45. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 14:13:38

    I love French apple tarts but making pie or tart pastry is not something I like too much. Your tart looks very delicious!

  46. Deepti
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 16:01:29

    Looks awesome… yeah probably 8-9 apples seems to be too much or guess the apples that she used were very small. Whatever, apple tart looks great!

  47. Zoe
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 16:51:58

    I love apple tart and this looks so wonderful ๐Ÿ˜€

  48. Jessica
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 20:52:14

    That looks so delicious! I have already saved the link so that so that Tracy and I can make this! We have tried several apple recipes before and have loved them

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  49. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 23:53:38

    That would be a lot of apple!! You’ve outdone yourself again:) I’d love a slice!!xx

  50. Jasline (Foodie Baker)
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 06:34:26

    Wow the apple tart looks amazing! Would definitely love to have a slice now with some ice cream. Mmmm!

  51. Quay Po Cooks
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 06:44:42

    Nice tart, Won’t last long in my home.

  52. Mary Frances
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 09:59:22

    This would also disappear in my house in a blink. Beautiful!

  53. Chef Randall
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 10:13:26

    Julia Child is my favorite TV chef ( ). I sen your Roasted Peaches with pecans. Looks delectable. I will be making that.

    I would like to invite you to view Savor the Food. I would appreciate your comments and readership.

    I am looking forward to your next post.

    Chef Randall

  54. loavesandstitches
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 11:50:57

    Beautiful! I used to just eat all the leftover roasted apples. Nowadays, though, I used applesauce that I jarred myself.

  55. Melolimparfaite
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 14:56:28

    looks delicious

  56. Beth
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 19:00:19

    You’re right – that’s a very high number of apples for one pie. Still, I’m a huge fan of fruit desserts. The more fruit, the better!

  57. Daniela
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 19:42:33

    Looks so pretty, would like to try it with a nice cup of coffee!

  58. Tandy
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 07:22:12

    9 apples sounds like overkill! Have fun with your mandolin ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Three Well Beings
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 22:45:41

    I was going back through tonight to see what I may have missed in a crazy-busy week! I saw the title “French Apple Tart” and absolutely had to stop by. ๐Ÿ™‚ What a great tart! I’m glad you clued me in about the apples. I tend to be very literal when reading a recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 21:52:03

    Ever since I saw a couple of apple tarts for the TwD, I haven’t stopped thinking about it! YUM!!

  61. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 20:21:33

    LOL…I must have had small apples or have done too much sampling of the filling. I enjoyed this one, too.

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