Ellen Bales


A fellow JAPer gave me the idea for this traditional French dessert and I went looking for a recipe. I found several and I tweaked and combined to come up with this delicious dish. The "magic" crust is rather like a flan, so tasty and not overly sweet.

Featured Pinch Tips Video

★★★★★ 1 vote
20 Min
35 Min


2 large
pink lady apples (i used honey crisp)
2 tsp
vanilla extract
7 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1/3 c
plus 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
3 large
eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 c
heavy cream
1/4 tsp
sea salt


Step 1 Direction Photo

1Butter a 10-inch fluted tart pan with room-temperature butter; sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the sugar around the sides of the dish.

2Place the eggs and 1/3 cup sugar in a food processor and mix together for 1-2 minutes until frothy on top and light in color. Add the flour, cream, vanilla, and salt. Mix together and set aside.

Step 3 Direction Photo

3Peel, core, and slice the apples, with about 4 to 5 slices per apple quarter, or roughly 16 slices per apple. Fan the slices lightly onto the tart pan in any pattern you choose.

Step 4 Direction Photo

4Pour the batter over the apples, making sure the apples are well coated.

Step 5 Direction Photo

5Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven until the top is golden brown and the custard is firm, about 32-35 minutes.

Step 6 Direction Photo

6Serve either warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: French
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Low Sodium
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #creamy, #decadent