French Apple Pie Tart

French Apple Pie Tart

This French Apple Pie Tart was very popular during our French Bakery days. My dad still makes this for every Thanksgiving.  It is not overly sweet like most apple pie tarts that you make or buy in stores. There are three parts in making this French apple pie tart:

  1. The tart shell which is not too sweet or buttery and just has the right texture when you bite into it.
  2. The Marzipan(almond paste) custard filling is light and not too sweet either.
  3. The golden delicious apples with the apricot preserves glaze on top has just the right sweetness and taste.

You can serve this French apple pie tart with whip cream and vanilla ice cream if you would like.  It's also great served with tea or coffee and perfect for the holiday seasons.

Here is the video followed by the ingredients, equipment and step by step directions.


French Apple Pie Tart ingredients

French Apple Pie Tart ingredients


  • 9 or 10 inch (22-25 cm) Tart shell tray
  • One size larger tart shell base
  • Spatula
  • Rolling pin
  • Pastry brush
  • Knife.

Step by Step recipe:

  1. Sprinkle some flour in your work area than place your sugar cookie dough on top. Roll it out until it is a little bigger than your tart shell. It will be about 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) thick. You need to work fast so your dough does not become too soft. Once it's too soft it will be more difficult to work with and you may have to put it back in the refrigerator.
  2. Spray your tart shell with the coconut oil then slide the bottom of a larger tart shell under the dough and slide it out onto the tart shell. You can sprinkle some flour on the larger base bottom so the dough does not stick to it.
  3. Now form it into the shell and take your bigger base piece and press down on the tart cutting off the extra dough as shown in the video. At this point you can place the shell in the refrigerator or freezer for 15 minutes to firm the dough.
  4. Then you can mix your Marzipan and custard together in a bowl.
  5. With a spatula spread your marzipan custard onto the shell.
  6. Peal and cut your delicious golden apples into thin slices.
  7. Then take your cut apples and place them in an orderly fashion on top of the custard, starting on the outside edges of your tart. You place one sliced apple down on the marzipan custard and then place the next ones closely right on top of each other.
  8. Now place the French apple pie tart in your preheated oven which is at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for approximately 30 to 50 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool then take your apricot preserves and put it through a strainer if you wish so it is smooth with out any apricot chunks. Now with your pastry brush apply it to your apple pie tart.
  10. Next you can transfer the French apple pie tart on a nice tray or round card board with a doily paper on top.

Enjoy your amazing French apple pie tart! Here are some pictures and I welcome questions and comments below.

French Apple Pie Tart Slice

French Apple Pie Tart Slice

French Apple Pie Tart

French Apple Pie Tart



  1. Hello nadia I am looking for almond paste recipes could you please let me know how can I make it thank you

    • Yes I hope to make a video soon. Best wishes- nadia

  2. Hello nadia please let me know how can I make home made almond paste thank you

    • Hi. Yes I do need to do a video on how to make homemade almond paste. Hopefully soon. Best, -nadia

  3. Hello Nadia. i was wondering what substitute would be used for the almond paste. unable to use due to allergies.

    • It would be okay to leave out the almond paste and use custard.

  4. Hi Nadia, could you please do a video on how to make opera cake?

  5. Hi nadia, hope to see more videos on how to make mini cupcakes and cupcakes as well which varies in different flavors. Thanks and God bless!

  6. Hola Nadia. Esta tarta se ve deliciosa que ganas de Preparar y comer…. Mmmmm exquisita. Buscaba una receta de tarta y esta me encanto! Ahora a juntar los ingredientes y a preparar. Felicidades excelente página. Dulces besos.

  7. Hi Nadia, How much of the custard recipe do you mix with the marzipan? Also your video says to bake at 350“for 25-30 min, however your directions say to bake at 375“ for 30-40min. Which is correct?
    Love your videos and can’t wait to try your recipes.

    • Thank you! The custard and marzipan is just to fill the tart so I would use my custard recipe and if you have extra that is okay. I would follow my recipe and bake it at 375. The baking time can range anywhere from 30-50 minutes depending on your oven.

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