Hearty Apple Tart Recipe

It’s fall people!!! What does that mean? Apple-flavored everything! If you love fruit-filled pastries as much as I do, this hearty apple tart recipe is a must try! It has all the tasty flavors of an apple tart, with a bit of a healthier take. I actually discovered it when planning for a “Local Fall Harvest” themed food demo and it was a huge hit! Feel free to modify as you wish; I’ve found a combination of ingredients that I really love. I’ve tried making this a few times, adapting from a recipe I found online (which seems to have disappeared from the web, otherwise I would link it here). Each time, I changed one or two things until I found a recipe that really worked for me. If apple desserts are your thing, you should give it a try and make it your own!


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  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick), cold, cut into ~1 inch squares
  • ~1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 apples (I used a hybrid “Evercrisp” that we picked last weekend, but any apple you like will work!)
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp of roughly chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Combine all-purpose flour, wheat flour, ground flaxseeds, and salt. Whisk so they are evenly mixed.
  3. Add chilled butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry blender or a fork to cut butter pieces in until they are about the 
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  4. Sprinkle about 2 tbsp of cold water onto the flour mixture and mix. Repeat until the mixture forms a cohesive dough, and shape it into a ball.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  5. Using a floured surface and a rolling pin, roll out the dough into about a 12 inch circle.
  6. Grease a baking sheet with butter and place the dough on the sheet.
  7. Set baking sheet with dough aside.
  8. Slice apples into thin pieces and place in a bowl. (I leave the skin on to add fiber and prevent food waste.)Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  9. Combine maple syrup and spices into a small bowl and pour over the bowl of apples.
  10. Toss until all apples are evenly coated.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  11. Mound the apples in the center of the dough, leaving about 2 inches of dough around the edges.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  12. Fold up the edge of the dough over some of the apples, leaving most of them exposed in the center.
  13.  Sprinkle oats and pecans over top of exposed apples.
  14. Put the tart in the oven and bake until crust is slightly browned and apples are tender – about 50 minutes to an hour.
  15.  Dress it up as you like and enjoy!Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

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