This amazing Vegan Apple Tart recipe is fit for a cookbook. It delivers an impressive melt-in-your-mouth crust, a soft almond frangipane custard-like filling, and juicy, fresh apples brushed with syrup. It is a showstopping recipe, voted best in desserts by my dad and loved by the whole family. No matter what the occasion is, you can’t go wrong with this tart.
Vegan Apple Tarts are appropriate for every season but made even more special by the fall seasons with all the fresh varieties of apples that line our farmer markets’ shelves. I am a huge fan of apple picking: what a fun and wholesome activity for the whole family. So take the family apple picking and go home and make this amazing apple tart. If you don’t have apples, you can substitute for pears, it’s a great vegan pastry.
Other Apple Recipes You May Like:
Other Fall Recipes You May Like:
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Vegan Pumpkin Pie Bites
- Favorite Fall Soup Recipes
- Fall Sweet Potato Kale Coconut Curry Soup
- Roasted Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
Why We Think You Will Love This Recipe:
- Delicious and Tasty
- Beautiful & Impressive
- Perfect for Fall
What is a Vegan French Apple Tart?
- Vegan simply means that it is made without animal products of any kind.
- Tart is simply an open pastry crust containing a filling.
- A French Apple Tart is a dessert made up of a tender, flaky crust filled with a soft, delicious filling and topped with fresh apples.
What Ingredients Do You Need To Make An Apple Tart?
For the Tart Crust:
all-natural cane sugar
vegan margarine (Earth Balance)
For the Frangipane Filling:
natural cane or caster sugar
pinch of salt
fresh apple (Honeycrisp)
maple syrup (optional)
Health Benefits of Apples:
Are you familiar with the expression: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? I grew up with that expression, and there is actually some truth to it. Though we cannot always guarantee that “an apple a day” keeps the doctor away, we can be assured that apples are packed with nutritional and medicinal virtues.
- high in fiber, good for digestion
- good source of vitamins and minerals
- improves cardiac function
- reduces blood cholesterol
- prevent arteriosclerosis
Health Benefits of Almonds:
Growing up, we were often given a few almonds for breakfast with the assurance that they were good for us. Now, there’s a lot of information about how healthy almonds are for your brain health and overall wellbeing. Adding a few almonds to this tart will ensure a little extra protein and nutrition to the dessert. Plus, it gives your vegan French apple pastry a deliciously rich hint of earthiness that will keep you coming back for more.
- rich in protein & fiber
- loaded with antioxidants
- contains healthy fat
- lower blood sugar levels
How to Make this French Apple Tart Recipe:
Step 1: Make the Tart Crust:
- Combine almond and all-purpose flour, salt, and sugar.
- Add the coconut oil, vegan margarine, vanilla, and pulse until the mixture is a sandlike consistency.
- And just enough ice water to make the dough stick together when squeezed.
- Roll out the dough into the shape of your tart pan and transfer to the tart pan. You can skip this step and press the dough with a spoon or your fingers to fill the tin with the crust.
- Trim off the extra crust.
- Prebake the crust with pie weights or some dried beans for a few minutes and let cool before adding the filling.
Step 2: Make the Vegan Frangipane Filling
- Cream margarine and finely ground sugar (or caster sugar) until fluffy.
- Add the applesauce, almond extract, vanilla extract and mix again.
- Next add the almond and all-purpose flour,, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet, being careful not to overmix.
- Add to cooled crust.
Step 3: Apple Topping:
- Thinly slice the apples and layer on top of the filling
- Brush the apple slices with syrup and bake
- Add sliced almonds to the topping as soon as the tart is baked for an additional texture and beautiful look.
- Use pear instead of sliced apples for a different flavor.
Gluten-Free: Substitute the all-purpose flour with 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose.
Soy Free: Naturally soy-free.
Serving Suggestions: What to Serve With This Vegan Apple Tart?
- Serve with vegan ice cream or whipped cream.
- Add sliced almonds to the top for a beautiful presentation.
How to Store This Recipe:
- This tart can be kept on the counter for up to two days. It tastes better at room temperature.
- Fridge: This Apple Tart can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Freezer: This Apple Tart can be frozen for up to 2 months. Wrap in saran wrap or place in a freezer container.
Special Equipment or Tools:
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- Food Processor: A food processor makes quick work of the crust, though it can be done by hand as well.
- Hand mixer: Helpful for creaming the margarine and sugar in the filling.
- Tart Pan: we used a rectangular tart pan that was 14″x4.5″ non-stick rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom. We could just as well have used a round-tart tin. It is beneficial when the tart tin has a removable bottom so the tart will come out of the tin easier.
Tips and Tricks For Making This Vegan Apple Tart Recipe:
- Pre-bake the crust before adding the pastry filling. Add pie weights or dried beans to the top of the crust while baking to help it hold its shape. Add a piece of parchment paper to the crust before adding the pie weights or dried beans. Remove as soon as the tart comes out of the oven before adding the filling.
- Making the crust prettier, roll out the dough with a rolling pin between two layers of plastic wrap before adding the dough to the pan. Be sure to remove the plastic wrap before baking.
- The crust is made with coconut oil, which can get hard if kept in the fridge. Remove from fridge and allow the apple tart to return to room temperature before serving.
- It may be difficult to find vegan caster sugar. If so, grind natural cane sugar in the blender until fine.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions:
Is a Tart Crust different than a Pie Crust?
Yes, a tart crust is different than a pie crust for its thickness and arrangement. It’s not uncommon for them to be made with the same ingredients, however, as they are both crusts for sweet pastries. A tart is generally thicker than a pie crust, and a tart does not have a top crust, while a pie crust does.
What’s the difference between an apple pie and an apple tart?
- Apple pie and apple tart are similar in structure as they both have a crust and a filling, but a tart only has the lower crust, and a pie often has a top crust too.
- Generally speaking, a tart has a thicker crust than an apple pie and is usually removed from the tart tin before serving, whereas a pie is usually served in the pie tin.
- The crust in a tart is more like a cookie consistency than the flaky, delicate pie crust.
Can I use unrefined coconut oil?
Yes, you can, but you will be able to taste the coconut flavor. To avoid the coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil in any baking recipe.
What type of apples can I use in the Apple Tart?
You can use many types of apples in an apple tart. It is useful if the apple holds its shape during the cooking process, so you don’t want any soft and watery apples like Red Delicious or Fuji. You should save those for fresh apple slices and other snacks.
Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith are a few options. If it’s the right time of year for apple picking, you can also ask your local orchard for advice on which apples they have that are good for tarts.
Honeycrisp is the perfect apple in my opinion, while pink lady imparts a lighter flavor. Granny Smith is the classic apple for apple pies.
Should I Peel The Apples?
This vegan frangipane tart will look prettier if the apples are used with the peel, so if you don’t mind the apple peel taste, I absolutely recommend keeping your apples unpeeled. The red color is particularly beautiful on top of this tart. We used Honeycrisp apples in this vegan apple pie.
Keep in mind that, unless you purchase organic apples, they may have a waxy coating on the skin. This coating can taste bitter, which is why many people don’t like the taste of apple peels. To get rid of this bitter aftertaste, you should wash the apples in lukewarm water before using them in this recipe.
What is Caster Sugar?
Caster sugar is very finely ground granulated sugar for sweet recipes. It is a preferred type of sugar for tarts and other pastries because it blends smoothly, and won’t leave you with chunks of overpowering sweetness. Instead, it keeps the pastry smooth with a consistent level of sweetness. It is important to note that caster sugar IS different from powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar.
What can I do if I cannot find vegan Caster Sugar?
Vegan caster sugar can be difficult to find at some stores, but its perfect for pastry recipes. If your store has a section for European food, you are likely to find it there. Otherwise, you can find caster sugar online as well. If you’d rather make your own caster sugar at home, you can grind natural cane sugar in a blender until fine and powdery.
Vegan Apple Tart
This amazing Vegan Apple Tart delivers an impressive melt-in-your-mouth crust, a soft almond frangipane custard-like filling, and juicy, fresh apples brushed with maple syrup. It is a showstopping recipe, voted best in desserts by my dad and loved by the whole family.
- Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup all-natural cane sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup vegan margarine (Earth Balance)
- 6 tablespoons vegan margarine (Earth Balance)
- 6 tablespoons finely ground natural cane sugar (caster sugar) (see note)
- 6 tablespoons applesauce
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup ground almond flour
- 4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1–2 Fresh red apples (Honeycrisp is my favorite in this recipe)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (for brushing)
Step 1: Make the Crust:
- Preheat Oven to 350F.
- In a food processor, combine flour, almond flour, salt, and sugar. Pulse to combine.
- Add the coconut oil, vegan margarine, and vanilla extract. Pulse until mixture resembles sand.
- Next, add a tablespoon of ice water at a time until the dough resembles crumbs and sticks together when squeezed.
- Roll out the dough into the shape of your tart pan and transfer to the tart pan. It is helpful to use two pieces of plastic wrap while rolling out the dough. You can skip this step and press the dough with a spoon or your fingers to fill the tin with the dough.
- Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of your tart and add a few pie weights or dried beans to keep the crust from puffing.
- Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
- Remove pie weights and let the tart cool on a cooling rack until completely cool.
Step 2: Make the Filling:
- In a large bowl, cream the margarine and fine sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy.
- Add applesauce, vanilla, and almond extract and mix.
- Next, add the almond flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Gently fold in the dry mixture to the wet, being carful not to overmix.
- Transfer to the cooled tart crust.
Step 3: Apple Topping and Baking:
- Slice the apples thinly and layer on top of the filling
- Brush the apples with maple syrup.
- Bake the Vegan Apple Tart at 350F for 50-60 minutes.
If you cannot find vegan caster sugar, grind natural cane sugar in a blender until fine.
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