How to make a French apple tart

This classic apple tart recipe is an easy way to make a sweet dessert treat that everyone will love, especially if served with lashings of fresh cream.

This is a great recipe for beginners who have never attempted to make a tart before. Follow our simple step-by-step method that will guide through all the stages of making an apple tart, until you have the mouthwatering dessert out of the oven.

Triple tested in the Woman’s Weekly kitchen, it takes approximately 1 hr to cook and is well worth the wait. Opt to make this delicious apple tart recipe with dessert apple, so you get an even sweeter result than your average apple tart. Although you can make your own pastry, buy some from the shop to speed up the cooking process.

If there’s any apple tart leftover, cover with cling film and pop in the fridge – eat within a few days, but just remember the sooner you eat it, the better it will taste.You can adapt this recipe for pear tart instead, simply prepare them the same as the apples making sure to remove skin, core and seeds.


  • 375g packet sweet shortcrust pastry

For the filling:

  • 1kg cooking apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 100g butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

For the topping:

  • 4-5 dessert apples
  • 2tbsp caster sugar
  • 4-6tbsp apricot glaze or sieved apricot jam
  • Crème fraiche, to serve