Rustic Apple Tart

It looks like the inside of an artichoke

It looks like the inside of an artichoke

This tart is fairly straight forward and a great way to use up apples.

Rustic Apple Tart


  • 1 1/3 cup unbleached white flour
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Pinch salt
  • Ice water


  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 2/3 cup whole almonds ground to flour
  • 2 tbsp unbleached white flour
  • 4 large gala apples skinned, cored, halved and sliced very thin
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Make pastry dough first. Mix dry ingredients together and cut in butter. Add egg yolk and enough cold water to form a smooth pie dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out into a 12″ circle. Place into a greased 9″ pie plate. Crimp edges to form crust and prick dough with a fork all over. Place pie plate in refrigerator. Toss apples with lemon juice and two tablespoons sugar in a large bowl. Let stand 30 minutes. Whip the butter and sugar for the filling until creamy. Add egg, yolk, and liquor and whip until smooth. Mix ground almonds with flour and add to sugar mixture. Beat until even. Spoon filling into pie shell. Working from the outside, stand apple slices around tart sticking one edge into filling. Continue until working in a circle until all apple is used up. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes then turn down heat to 350 degrees and bake another 15. Sprinkle remaining sugar on top of apple slices and bake another 10-15 minutes until tops begin to caramelize. Remove from oven and let tart stand at least two hours before serving.

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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9 Responses to Rustic Apple Tart

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    Very artistic pie.

  2. Mr. Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  3. niasunset says:

    I love anything with apples… 🙂 As always I am in your kitchen, dear Rufus and dear Katherine, Thank you, have a nice day, love, nia

  4. That is one gorgeous tart. The addition of Grand Marnier drew me in.

  5. sallybr says:

    Gorgeous concoction, Greg! I love the rustic look of it…. definitely need to bring some more pie to my kitchen and blog – I just don’t have that tradition but… gotta work on it!

  6. Delicious! I love the idea of the Grand Marnier!

  7. Of Course there is Grand Marnier in there! Sounds great.. c

  8. It looks so pretty!

  9. This is one gorgeous tart. I love the idea of the almonds and Grand Marnier!

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