Rustic Apple Tart: A Kevin And Anna Joint Baking Venture!

When it was time for our annual Friendsgiving celebration with some of our favorite folks this past weekend, Kevin and I found ourselves in charge of a dessert item. I asked Kevin what we should make, and he suggested “an apple something,” which sounded pretty great to me. Plus, he wanted to help me make it — something I was extra excited about, because although we cook together pretty often I’m usually the solo baker in our house.

So Saturday morning, we found ourselves on the hunt for apple-themed dessert recipes online. We landed on an Ina Garten recipe (and in my experience, the Barefoot Contessa doesn’t lead you astray) which seemed simple and delicious, and after a quick trip to the store for a few ingredients, we set to making this rustic apple tart.

The dessert ended up being a hit at Friendsgiving! It wasn’t too sweet, the apples offered a fresh flavor, and the orange zest gave it just enough brightness. Wahoo! Dessert success for the Kellers!


Rustic Apple Tart

Ingredients (for the pastry)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick very cold, unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons ice water

Ingredients (for the filling)

  • 3 apples (we used 1 1/2 Granny Smith and 1 1/2 Honey Crisp), peeled, cored, and diced into large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) very cold, unsalted butter, diced

Directions (for crust)

  • Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade. Pulse a few times to combine.
  • Add the butter and pulse 12-15 times, or until the butter is the size of peas.
  • With the food processor running, add the ice water through the feed tube of the machine.
  • Keep pulsing to combine, stopping before the dough becomes a solid mass.
  • Remove from food processor onto a floured surface and knead to form into a disk. (Our dough was pretty flaky, so don’t worry if yours is at this point, too!)
  • Place in the fridge for at least one hour.

Directions (for filling)

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Flour a rolling pin and roll the pastry into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface, then transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Toss apple chunks with orange zest, and cover the tart dough with the apple chunks, leaving a two-inch border of crust uncovered.


  • Combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Pour mixture a bowl and rub it with your fingers until it starts holding together.
  • Distribute evenly on the apples, then gently fold the border of the dough over the apples, pleating it to make a circle.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
  • Serve at room temperature (we cut ours into wedges like a pizza).


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