This vegan apple tart is made with flaky handmade pastry, easy apple sauce, thinly cut apple slices and an apricot jam glaze. It’s the delicious French Tarte aux Pommes – vegan style!
There are four things that make this vegan apple tart so perfect:
- The light flaky pastry
- The fully flavoured spiced apple sauce
- Those beautifully thin apple slices
- The glaze of homemade apricot jam
Can you make a Tarte aux Pommes vegan?
Bien sur! Absolument! Mais oui!
Almost every year since I was born I’ve spent the summer in the South of France. This means I grew up eating French patisserie, and lots of it. On market day I would go into the local village patisserie and feast my eyes on all their culinary creations, before choosing one to try and promptly devour.
But this summer was the first time I went back to France since I became a vegan. Which means, no patisserie for me 🙁 Watching all the rest of the family gleeful indulge was a serious test of my resolve not to eat anything containing butter. But I found a way to make all that melt away, by coming up with this recipe for the perfect vegan apple tart, that’s every bit as satisfying as the original.
Apples at the ready! Let’s bake…
We don’t have an oven in our campervan Ronnie, which means baking is not so easy when we are on the road. But luckily we were camping next to my sister in her new caravan, so we were able to fire up her oven for the first time to make our vegan apple tart. She doesn’t eat dairy either, so was fully supportive of the plan to satisfy our butter free French patiserrie craving with this vegan Tarte aux Pommes.
We hope you like our vegan apple tart! If you’ve never made pastry before, don’t be scared, it’s actually very simple. It’s also cheaper, tastier and creates less waste than using shop bought pastry. You can substitute a jar shop bought apple sauce or compote if you want to. But making your own apple sauce is actually a really good way of using up a surplus of imperfect apples. Apple sauce also freezes really well and makes an excellent egg replacer in baking. We use our homemade apricot jam for the glaze (which is sooo amazing!). You can use commercial jam, but homemade jam really takes the taste to the next level!
We love it when apple season arrives! Celebrate with our other vegan apple recipes:
Vegan Apple Tart
For the pastry
- 200 g plain flour
- 100 g vegetable fat or vegan margarine
- 40-50 ml water
For the filling
- 400 g apples
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp brown sugar optional
- 1/2 tsp cardamom optional
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional
- 6 thinly sliced apples
For the glaze
- 1 tbsp apricot jam
- 1 tsp water
- First make the pastry. Place the flour in a bowl and add the fat, then rub together with your fingers until like breadcrumbs.
- Slowly add the water whilst gently mixing with your hands. Use just enough so that it forms a smooth ball of dough.
- Leave to rest in the fridge or a cool place for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, make the applesauce. No need to peel, simply chop into quarters and remove the core. Place in a pan with 2tbsp water and cook until soft, approximately 15 minutes.
- When the apples are cooked, add the spices and sugar if desired, then puree them with a handheld blender.
- Roll out the chilled pastry on a floured board, into a rectangle large enough to line your tin. We used a tray 25x30cm.
- Transfer the pastry into your tin by supporting it on the rolling pin. Gently shape it up the side of the tin without stretching it. You can trim the edges and patch up and holes if necessary.
- Prick all over the base of the pastry with a fork. This helps the pastry to stay flat when baking.
- Bake the pastry blind for 10 minutes at 200C.
- Now slice the apples. Cut them into quarters, core them and then chop into 1-2mm thick slices. TIP: If you want to make sure they don't start to brown, put them in a bowl of water with a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Take the pastry shell out of the oven. Spread the applesauce over the base, and then arrange the apple slices on top. (This is my favourite part, you can do all sorts of fun things with the patterning to make it even more impressive)
- Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes at 200C
- Take it out of the oven when the pastry is golden and the apples are soft and just starting to dry out.
- Make the apricot glaze by heating 1 tbsp jam with 1 tsp water.
- Spread the glaze all over the tart using a pastry brush. The glaze keeps the fruit from going dry and adds a shine and sweetness to the tart.
- Et voila! Your lovely vegan apple tart is done. Good job! Now go and reward yourself with slice (or two!)
Alterations:You can also make this into individual tartlets, using small rectangles of pastry, they look really sweet. If you are making this in a caravan oven, expect it to take a bit longer to cook. At home I choose to leave the peel on the apples as I like to keep the nutrients in, and find it easy just to blend the applesauce up. But if you don’t have a blender then you can either have it chunky or peel the apples first and not need to blend the sauce.
Substitutions:You can also usually buy jars of apple compote in French supermarkets to use as the base. Just check the ingredients to see that it’s mainly apples and not too much added sugar. For the pastry sometimes I use oil instead of vegetable fat, it works well, you will just need to increase the water amount until you have a non crumbly dough.
Apples are my favourite fruit, and they are so versatile too. Apple Rings make the perfect healthy snack for on the go. And we’ve even discovered how amazing Apple Curry is, you should totally try it! Let us know your go to apple dishes in the comments.