Rose Apple Tart

This elegant Rose Apple Tart is not only a visual delight but also a treat for the taste buds. Featuring thinly sliced apples arranged in a beautiful rose pattern atop a buttery tart crust and sweetened with apricot jam, this dessert is perfect for special occasions or when you want to impress your guests with your culinary skills.


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling:

  • 4-5 large red apples (such as Honeycrisp or Pink Lady)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam, warmed

For Garnish:

  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Prepare the Tart Crust:
    • In a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Pulse to mix.
    • Add cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until the dough just comes together.
    • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the Oven and Prep the Tart Pan:
    • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to fit a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
    • Press the dough into the pan and trim the edges. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  3. Prepare the Apple Roses:
    • Core the apples and slice them very thinly. Leave the skin on for the red color.
    • In a bowl, toss apple slices with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
    • Microwave the apple slices for 30-60 seconds to soften them slightly (they should be pliable but not cooked).
  4. Assemble the Tart:
    • Starting from the outer edge of the tart crust, arrange apple slices in a tight spiral pattern, overlapping them to create a rose effect. Continue until the entire crust is filled.
    • Brush the warm apricot jam over the apples.
  5. Bake the Tart:
    • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.
    • If the edges of the apples start browning too much, cover the tart with aluminum foil.
  6. Serve:
    • Let the tart cool in the pan on a wire rack.
    • Before serving, dust with powdered sugar if desired.
    • Slice and serve this beautiful Rose Apple Tart, perfect with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This Rose Apple Tart is a show-stopping dessert that’s as beautiful as it is delicious. The sweet and tender apples in a lovely rose pattern make this tart a perfect centerpiece for any dessert table.

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