Apple Frangipane Tart

September 30, 2011 |  Category:   recipes

Jenna tweeted a photo of this apple tart I made a few weeks ago and so many of you wanted the recipe so here it is. It’s similar to this Plum Almond Tart I posted years ago except with apples that we picked from apple picking instead of the plums. We paired it with homemade caramel ice cream which is the perfect fit to this tart, but any ice cream will do. Because really, what goes better together than ice cream and apple tart?


Apple Almond Tart (makes one 11-inch tart)


One 11-inch tart shell, pre-baked (use the instructions and ingredients from this recipe)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 ounces finely ground almonds
1 teaspoon almond extract
3-4 apples, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick (any variety of apple that you would use in a pie would do just fine)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Beat the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, beat for one more minute. Finally, beat in the flour, almonds, and almond extract, stopping to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl if necessary. Spread this mixture in an even layer into the baked tart shell. Begin arranging the sliced apples around the side in overlapping concentric circles, until the entire top of the tart is covered. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the center of the tart is firm and fully cooked. Remove from the oven and cool completely before slicing.

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  • Magda September 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

    That’s such a beautiful photograph. No wonder people were asking for the recipe!

  • Simone September 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This did not need to be the first thing I see in the morning on the day I’ve decided to quick-start my ‘lose-last-5-lbs-of-baby-weight” challenge. Thanks 😉 Looks delicious!

  • sarah September 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Yummm! Thanks for sharing the recipe Mark. This looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it. :)

  • Ashlae September 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

    What an absolutely beautiful shot. I’ve been longing to make an almond tart like this, but the filling always intimidates me. Using tofu in place of the eggs doesn’t seem all that appetizing.. le sigh.

  • Sharon September 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I’m a new reader, and I have to say that looks incredibly delicious! I went apple picking last weekend and already made two crumb-topped apple pies, but I’m going again tomorrow and will have to try this recipe. I love Balthazar’s apricot frangipane tart, and this looks just as yummy and perfect for the season.

  • Cecilia Madden September 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

    This looks incredible. I might try this with oat flour in the crust and filling.

  • Katherines Corner September 30, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Oh this looks yummy.Sending big hugs and sincere wishes for a weekend filled with joy, Katherine

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag September 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    YUMMY!! Thanks for posting the recipe :) I’ll be making this one ASAP!

  • Jen September 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Yumyum!! I want to try baking this! Thanks for the recipe :)

  • Nichole September 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks, Mark! I am going to try it this weekend.

  • mickie September 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    this looks insane…

  • Rachel September 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve been looking for a fall dessert recipe to make this weekend and THIS is it! Thank you!

  • notsurebut September 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    hi Mark
    this looks absolutely delish and the sort of thing i would love to make, with this in mind i live in London and we don’t really use cup measures are these a standard size ie how many ounces are there per cup?

  • Kelsey October 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    What a perfect fall dessert!

  • Clara October 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks, Mark! Will definitely be making this dish this fall.

  • Arbi Citrawardhana October 2, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Gasp! Don’t mind if I do… *drooling*

  • Miss Cameron October 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love your posts on your baking. However, when I see these posts, it makes me want to bake, which usually ends up in disaster. Thus, I return to stare at your pictures to re-inspire me!

  • Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs October 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Yummm, how perfect for the season. I think I need to try this one soon.

  • Sarah @ Designsgood October 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious. I’ve never tried to make frangipane, but I do love to eat it!

  • Jen Laceda October 15, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I’m bookmarking this recipe!!!

  • Jasmine July 6, 2012 at 1:24 am

    do you have to use the paddle attachment for beating the sugar and butter? because i dont have a stand mixer. would a hand mixer do?