Easy apple tart with a buttery crust, creamy almond filling, and a layer of tender cinnamon apple slices. It’s finished off with a simple sugar glaze and toasted sliced almonds.
If you had to pick just one dessert to make and enjoy throughout the fall months, this easy apple tart would be it. It’s wildly easy to assemble and it’s so cozy and satisfying!
No Tart Pan Required!
I used to be intimated by pies and tarts, especially when it involved making the crust from scratch. But this apple tart is super forgiving in many ways and pretty easy to make.
The crust requires only four ingredients and you don’t even need a fancy tart pan. Instead, a multi-purpose springform pan will work just as well.
The filling is a classic cream cheese filling with almond extract. The combination is absolutely delicious with the cinnamon-sugar apples on top. A simple sugar glaze and a sprinkle of toasted sliced almonds finishes off this easy apple tart recipe.
Preparing Apples for Apple Tart
What are the best apples to use for an apple tart?
Personally, I love tart Granny Smith. They are a great all-around baking apples. You can also use Braeburn or Jonathan. For sweet apples, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or Gala are great options. You need about 2 medium apples for this recipe.
Should I peel apples for a tart?
Yes! I always peel and core my apples. For this tart, the end result is more delicate and tender with peeled apples.
How do you slice apples for a tart?
Peel and core the apples. Using a sharp knife, slice one side of the apple as closely as possible to the core. Repeat all around with the remaining 3 sides. Then slice each apple chunk 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
How to Make Easy Apple Tart Recipe
First, make the crust.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the vanilla, and gradually the flour.
- Grease and flour the springform pan. Press the dough onto the bottom and 1-inch up sides of the pan.
Next, make the apple tart filling.
- In a clean bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and continue beating until combined. Add egg and almond extract. Beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into the crust.
Lastly, prepare the apples and layer.
- In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with remaining sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Arrange apples over cream cheese mixture in overlapping pattern.
- Push down the dough lightly around the edges to even out with the filling.
Bake and finish with glaze.
- Bake the tart for 5 minutes in a 450F oven. Reduce the oven to 400F and continue baking for an additional 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender and crust golden brown. Cool the tart on a wire rack.
- Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and milk. Drizzle the cooled tart with glaze and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
Katya’s TIP: One last note, this apple tart is super forgiving. So even if your crust is not perfectly even or apples neatly arranged it will hardly be noticeable.
Storing Apple Tart
Store leftover apple tart, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
More Apple Dessert Recipes
- Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Apple Semolina Cake
- Apple Crisp with Coconut Oil and Honey
- Apple Cheese Danishes with Caramel Glaze
Easy apple tart recipe with a buttery crust that is made from scratch and creamy almond filling. Topped with tender cinnamon apple slices and crunchy almonds.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided (1/4 c. + 1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp.)
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, measured correctly
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 2 medium apples such as Braeburn or Granny Smith (3, if apples are small), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp.)
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 Tbsp. milk
- 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- In a medium bowl, cream butter and 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour.
- Grease and flour 9-inch springform pan. Press the dough onto the bottom and 1-inch up sides of the pan.
- In a clean medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating until combined. Add egg and almond extract; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into crust.
- Toss sliced apples with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Arrange apples over cream cheese mixture in an overlapping pattern. Push down the dough lightly around the edges to even out with the filling.
- Bake 5 minutes in the preheated 450F oven. Reduce oven setting to 400F. Do not take the tart out of the oven while reducing the oven temperature. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown and begins to separate from the sides of the pan. Check doneness with a toothpick inserted into the middle of the tart. Take the tart out of the oven and cool on a wire rack.
- While the tart is cooling, prepare the glaze by mixing confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth.
- Remove rim from the springform pan. Using a small sharp knife, gently go around the bottom of the tart crust to loosen the bottom. With a thin spatula or large knife, lift the tart from the pan onto a serving platter.
- Drizzle with prepared glaze and sprinkle with almonds. Cut into 12 servings and serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers covered for up two days.
- Recipe adapted with changes from Taste of Home and originally published on 9/18/2015.
Keywords: fall, pie, apple dessert