French Apple Pie (Tarte Aux Pommes)

This recipe is close to my heart for many reasons. First of all, it's French. And I prefer calling it Tarte Aux Pommes rather than French Apple Pie ... because c'est français, after all! And it's what I grew up calling it so it's deep in my soul. Almost in my DNA.

A friend of my mom’s gave her this recipe when we lived in France during my childhood and it holds all sorts of sweet goodness and memories. The tarte has a pâte sucrée (a sweet crust), layers of beautiful apple slices with the peeling still on, and is coated with a custard topping. It serves as a simple dessert, an afternoon snack, or a morning treat with tea or coffee, and it packs well for lunch on the go or traveling. In other words, it is the perfect sweet bite any time of day.

Crust ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
½ cup butter at room temperature, cut into cubes
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
Pinch of salt

Filling ingredients:

1-2 apples, Braeburn or Gravenstein cut into wedges, then into thin slices
2 large eggs
½ cup sugar
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all the dry ingredients for the crust in a bowl. Add the cubes of butter and the egg and use a fork to cut it into the flour mixture. 

Put it into a baking dish and spread it out with your hands so that it is smooth and even. I like to use a flat quiche dish or a tart pan with a removable base.
Layer the sliced apples all around in the shape of a flower.
Mix all the ingredients for the topping and pour over the apples evenly.
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until set and browned.


I have used Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour instead of all-purpose.
I always use organic cane sugar when sugar is called for, but I have also used coconut palm sugar. It is a darker color and, as such, will affect the appearance, but that's not necessarily a bad thing!
Bon Appétit!
Tammy Circeo, Freelance Recipe Writer | IG: @tammycirceocheznous | FB: TammyCirceoChezNous