As a passionate food enthusiast, I love to experiment with different ingredients and flavors in the kitchen. Whenever I am looking for inspiration for my blog, I look to my family traditions and recipes. This French Apple Tart with Vanilla Custard was a recipe that my grandmother used to make on special occasions. It’s one of my favorite desserts and I know you will love it too!
The key to making this tart is in the crust. I use a combination of butter and sugar for a delicate, sweet crust. I make sure to roll it out to the perfect thickness and to make sure that the crust is well-baked, so that it doesn’t get soggy from the apples. I also like to use a variety of apples for the filling, to give the tart a sweet and tart flavor.
The final touch is the vanilla custard. I love how it adds a sweetness and creaminess to the tart. I always make sure to let it cool before adding it to the tart, so that the custard doesn’t melt the crust. This is a tart that is sure to impress your friends and family at any gathering!
Variations: You can also use pears, peaches, or berries in place of the apples.
Serving Suggestion: Serve the tart with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Homemade French Apple Tart with Vanilla Custard
- Large bowl, whisk, rolling pin, 9-inch tart pan, parchment paper, baking beans, baking sheet
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 0.5 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 0.25 cup granulated sugar
- 0.25 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons ice water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 4 apples, cored and sliced
- 0.25 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 0.25 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 recipe Vanilla Custard (see recipe below)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- To make the crust: In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter, sugar, and salt. Using your hands, work the ingredients together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/8-inch thick. Place the dough into a 9-inch tart pan and press into the bottom and sides. Trim the edges and prick the bottom of the dough with a fork. Line the tart shell with parchment paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the parchment paper and baking beans and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Brush the tart shell with the melted butter. In a medium bowl, mix together the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fill the tart shell with the apple mixture. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the tart from the oven and let cool. Spread the cooled Vanilla Custard over the tart. Serve warm or at room temperature.