My Grandmother’s Apple Tart

Nothing says the first day of Fall like my Grandmother's Apple Tart

My Grandmother’s Apple Tart

Simple, not too sweet & Delicious!

Nothing says the first day of Fall like my Grandmother’s Apple Tart.  This simple tart is not too sweet,  beautifully highlights the fruit of the season and is equally loved as a dessert, snack or even breakfast!

Truth be told, we struggled with what to name this treat.  My Grandmother always called it a “Dutch Apple Cake” but it’s not a cake in the traditional sense.  Let me explain… It’s a simple 7 ingredient pastry crust (reminiscent of a shortbread crust) that’s low in sugar (only 1/4 cup!) and low in butter (only 1/2 cup) and so yummy.  The pastry dough is gently pressed into the bottom and around the edges of a pie pan or even a rimmed baking sheet.  Then the apples are pressed in to the dough.  Topped with a dash of cinnamon sugar and baked!

Whatever you name it, you’ll call it a delicious and easy addition to your baking repertoire.  There’s a reason it’s a longtime family favorite!

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My Grandmother Apple Tart
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This is a simple 7 ingredient tart, topped with apples, a dash of cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection. Not too sweet, it's highlights the fruit and is a delicious and easy addition to your baking repertoire!
Recipe type: Baking, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
  • 2½ cups gluten-free flour (I use GF Jules)
  • 3 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 unbeaten eggs
  • Cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling
  • 6-8 sliced apples (depending on size)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and lightly grease a 9 or 10 inch pie pan or rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Sift or mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Add butter, eggs & milk into the flour mixture. Mix by hand or with a large spoon--- Do not use an electric mixer-- you do not want to over mix. The batter should be rather stiff and only pliable with your hands.
  4. Drop batter onto prepared pie pan by spoonfuls, and gently press into the bottom and around the edges of the pan.
  5. Press sliced apples into the dough, pushing gently.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes

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