Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: French Apple Tart

January 22, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 13 Comments
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French apple cake

I made Leslie Mackie’s French Apple Tart back in the fall, when I had heaps of pink-skinned apples from my CSA.   Good thinking, because the apples I’ve had lately haven’t been so great.  If the tart looks a little familiar, maybe that’s because it’s a sister to the Normandy Apple Tart we made in TWD 1.0 about a year ago.

This tart is easy to make, but it isn’t a quick throw-together.  Get prepared…you can do some of these things in advance.  You need pie dough, apple compote for the filling (this one’s made in the oven) and lots of thinly sliced apples to spiral on top.  It certainly is pretty, though, not to mention delicate and delicious.  Your friends will think it came from a pâtisserie.

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan or read Gaye’s Laws of The Kitchen.  It’s also here (and there’s even a video of Leslie and Julia making the tart together).  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Yours is so lovely! I agree, it was a bit of a marathon!

  2. As all the deserts I saw at your blog, this again look just so beautiful!

  3. How cool you are a grad of FCI. The course vs the program is different….in intensity and price tag. Enjoyed every minute while in the course though.


  4. Beautiful tart! I love the unpeeled apples …next time.

  5. Your tart looks beautiful with the skins on.. I loved it too..

  6. What a great idea to use up all those apples we get in the fall from the CSA’s. Beautiful tart!

  7. What a pretty slice of tart. Next time I make this, I am definitely doing the crust and apple filling ahead of time to cut down on the time.

  8. True – it was a long project. Yours looks like it turns out great!

  9. It was a bit of a process, but oh so worth it! Your apple slice looks delicious.

  10. Lovely red apples! The tart looks exquisite – makes me dream of Fall 🙂

  11. This tart definitely looks like it’s straight from the patisserie. Yours is quite beautiful. I loved how delicious this recipe was. Can’t wait to make it again.

  12. This is beautiful! And I love a good recipe that I can make parts of ahead 🙂


  13. Beautifully done. I used applesauce and cut out a step, but even so it was a full morning’s challenge.

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