French Apple Tart for Two? Done!

Next up in my new “French Desserts for Two” project: Tarte aux Pommes Pour Deux (French Apple Tart for Two).

Tender, sweet-tart apples in a butter crust, with just a whisper of cinnamon. That’s my French Apple Tart for Two.

As I mentioned a couple days ago, I’m off on a new project — French desserts for two. While we’re in this hunkering-down mode, we have to snag great pleasures where we can find them. Second only to l’apéro (the aperitif), desserts bring so much joy to our days. And yet, making a sweet for six or eight just doesn’t make sense — how many leftovers do you need jamming up your fridge and freezer, right?

Why make any old apple pie for two, when you can make a French Apple Tart for Two?

Here’s my next recipe: “Tarte aux Pommes et son Crumble.” It’s perfectly sized for two (or more accurately, for two hungry diners … you could actually split one and save one for up to three days).

French Apple Tart for Two. Time for my close-up!

If Tarte aux Pommes et Son Crumble sounds a bit “franglais” — an English-French mash-up of a dessert, it kind of is. But I didn’t just make it up: While desserts with a crumble topping are quintessentially English, French cooks make them all the time. Translated (more or less) as “Apple Tart with Its Crumble,” this recipe is inspired by a dish I once saw in a French cooking magazine. I’ve made a few changes (such as adding shortening to the crust for flakiness); plus, I scaled it down two make two small tarts (rather than one large one).

Another thing that makes this more French than not: The very light use of cinnamon. It’s so subtle, complementing rather than clobbering the delights of the sweet-tart apples and the buttery crust.

To entrench this even further into French territory, serve with sweetened crème fraîche — though whipped cream will also do. I prefer the tanginess of the former.

P.S.: This requires individual (4 to 5 inches) tart pans or crème brûlée dishes. By the way, this set on Amazon is pretty darned cute! If you happen to have individual pie pans, those would work two.

These cute little baking dishes from Amazon would be perfect for my French Apple Tart for Two. And probably for other French desserts for two I’ll be coming up with.

Other posts you might like:

Chocolate Pot-de-Crème for Two: I’ve never Made a Better Dessert.

How to Serve a Cheese Course — The French Way.

How to Use Crème Fraîche — The French Way.

10 Best French Gift Ideas for Food-Lovers and France-Lovers

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French Apple Tart for Two
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Serves: 2
This makes two small tarts. Each tart could serve two if you're not super-hungry. Leftovers will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 2 baking apples (I used gala)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Sweetened crème fraîche or whipped cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Make the crumble topping: Combine the ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup flour, the cinnamon, and the ⅛ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Use a pastry blender or two knives to cut in the 2½ tablespoons butter until the mixture is crumbly (a few pieces of butter the size of peas is fine). Set crumble topping aside.
  2. Make the pastry: Combine the 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, and the ¼ teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the 3 tablespoons cold butter and the 2 tablespoons shortening into flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few pea-size pieces. Add ice water one tablespoon at a time, tossing mixture with a fork until entirely moistened. Gather dough into a ball. Divide ball in half. Roll each into a 6-inch circle and fit into two 4- to 5-inch tart pans or crème brûlée dishes. Set aside.
  3. Make the filling: Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Toss with the 1 tablespoon sugar. Spread into the pastry shells, rounding up in the center (the dish will look really full, but that's OK).
  4. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples, patting down as needed to keep the topping in place. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake another 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender. Cover pastry edge with aluminum foil if it starts too brown to quickly.
  5. Serve warm with sweetened crème fraîche or whipped cream.



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6 comments to French Apple Tart for Two? Done!

  • Greg

    Hi Wini – so glad to see you back to posting French recipes…I just got a IGourmet french cheese, etc. gift box from my sister for my birthday – yum! These apple tarts look great!
    Hope you are well and happy – Greg B in Colorado

    • Wini

      Greg! So great to hear from you! Yes. I’ve started blogging more actively! I forgot how much I enjoy it. The only thing I don’t love is taking photos (and it probably shows — my photos aren’t that great!). But I do love sharing great French food — especially if doing so makes it possible to hear from food-lovers like you.

      So glad to hear you ordered the Gift Box. I think it will make a great b-day surprise…and help out local cheesemakers to boot!

      Thanks for writing, Greg.

  • Greg

    Your photos look great to me! Looking forward to more from you – gotta keep an eye on this blog! Best- Greg

  • This looks like such a lovely little dessert!

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