French Apple Tart


Meme was always asked to bring French Apple Tart to get togethers because it was as delicious as it was beautiful.

Growing up, my idea of apple pie was far different from other children.  While I love Dutch crumble apple pie, there is something wildly beautiful and luxurious about French apple tart. I used to ask me Meme to make it every year for my birthday.  I imagine she grew tired of making it as everyone always asked her to bring it to gatherings.  Whenever I bring French apple tart as a dish to pass, I return home an empty platter.  Hence, set aside a few pieces for yourself at home.

6 to 8 large cooking apples like golden delicious, macintosh or granny smith, peeled and thinly sliced

1 large pie crust

2 cups of apple sauce, store bought or home made

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup apricot preserves

Roll out the pie crust until it is even and place on a greased baking sheet.  Spread the applesauce onto the crust evenly, leaving a outer edge around the outside.  Place apples in rows, offset from one another.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until tips of the apples become lightly browned.

Remove the apple tart from the oven and let cool.  When completely cool to the touch, melt apricot preserves in a separate pan over the stove.  When it is slightly bubbly and a thick liquid, spread over apples with a pastry brush.  Slice in generous squares and serve.