This Rustic Cinnamon Apple Tart Recipe is a comfort food dessert with very little work involved. Open faced apple pie will also make your house smell delicious!
Why Make this Apple Tart?
I am not a frequent baker, but I do love having a piece of homemade pie. It is especially good during apple season when I have a nice bag of fresh-picked apples. My mother and father-in-law have a beautiful apple tree where we pick delicious apples. They are perfect for baking with.
I consider myself a lazy baker, and this open faced apple pie recipe is perfect for any baker who doesn't want to be too involved in measuring or perfection.
The pie crust is not homemade, and I don't like peeling apples. So guess what? I didn't do either. Instead, I bought a premade pie crust and left the peels on the apples. I like the rustic look and texture of the peels anyway. Besides, the skins of apples have a lot of nutrition in them.
How to Make Your Apple Tart
This apple dessert recipe is really easy to make.
- Slice a few apples very thin and add some sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll out a pre made pie crust.
- Pile the apples on top of the crust and fold over the sides of the crust.
- Brush the open faced apple pie crust with an egg yolk and no one will know its not a homemade one.
- Sprinkle the top with a little extra cinnamon and sugar.
- Bake in the oven and your tart is ready to eat.
- Some nuts would add a great crunch to this tart. Almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts would provide a nutty texture to your tart.
- To crank up the fall flavors in your dessert, mix some dried cranberries or cinnamon baking chips into the apple filling.
- Of course, some ice cream cream on top is a classic addition to any apple baked dessert.
How do I buy the best apples for this cinnamon apple tart recipe?
- Feel the apple and ensure that it's firm. A good apple won't have soft or bruised spots.
- Most apples will have some natural scuffs or markings, but any obvious rotting or bruising is a bad sign.
- I like to use apples that hold their shape in my baked goods but are also perfect for eating. Honeycrisp apples are my favorite as they are sweet and crispy. Grannysmith apples are another great choice but they are a bit more tart. Gala, Braeburn and Jonagolds are also good choices and they are all available during the fall apple season.
What's the best kind of crust to use?
- I used a premade crust, which makes this cinnamon apple tart so convenient and turns out just as delicious!
- If you'd like, you could definitely make your own crust as well. This flaky pie crust recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction is a great recipe to try. Or use your own recipe if you have a favorite.
How should I store my leftovers?
- To keep this open faced pie fresh and delicious, give it about 2 hours after baking to cool off.
- Then, cover it loosely with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. It should last 2-3 days this way.
- When it comes time to eat again, you can either eat it cold, or stick it in the oven at 350 degrees F for 5-10 minutes. I love a warm apple tart.
More Easy Desserts with Apples
- Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies
- Apple Galette with Ricotta and Almonds
- Homemade Apple Dumplings from Bunny's Warm Oven
- French Apple Cake Loaf
Make this easy dessert with apples. Be kind. Invite a friend over or bring this to a friend's house. Have dessert with a friend. Eat a piece of apple tart.
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Rustic Cinnamon Apple Tart
- 3 medium size apples
- ½ cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon divided
- 1 refrigerated pie crust
- 1 egg yolk beaten
- powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar for garnish (if desired)
- preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Core and thinly slice apples.
- Mix the apples with ½ cup sugar in a bowl. Sprinkle 3 teaspoons of cinnamon on the apples and mix well.
- Unroll a pie crust onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pile the apples in the center of the pie crust and turn the sides over. Brush the crust with the egg yolk.
- Sprinkle the tart with the remaining sugar and cinnamon.
- Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until apples are cooked and crust is golden.
- Cool for 10 minutes before serving.Garnish with sugar and cinnamon if desired.
First Published October 2017 ; Updated September 2021