This apple tart is one of my favorite fruit tarts – made of just 4 ingredients, it’s remarkably beautiful and irresistible in its simplicity. Thinly sliced apples, sprinkled with just  a touch of sugar and butter, baked to perfection on a flaky pie crust. Trader Joe’s frozen pie crust makes it especially quick and easy. This simple pie is made in the French tradition, with just a few ingredients so that the fruit really shines without distractions.

Although the king of apples for baked pies is the Granny Smith apple, this particular tart works best with Golden Delicious apples. They’re naturally sweet, meaning you don’t need much to dress them up.

For efficiency, you could use a mandoline to slice the apples. I’m terrified of mandolines (painful accidents, shudder!) so I just use a knife. I usually cut 4 blocks of apples around the core, so that the remaining core is rectangular, and then slice the blocks evenly into thin slices. Arrange the slices in a circular pattern, and it almost looks like a blooming rose on the pie crust. Simply lovely!


  • 1 pie crust (Gourmet Pie Crust at TJ), thawed if frozen
  • 4-5 Golden Delicious apples
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter, sliced thin


  1. Preheat oven to 375° degrees.
  2. Press pie crust into a 10-inch tart pan. Trim any excess crust. Prick evenly with a fork.
  3. Peel, core, and thinly slice apples (about 1/8-inch thick). Arrange in overlapping pattern on pie crust.
  4. Sprinkle sugar evenly over apples. Spread butter pieces evenly over apples.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until apples are golden.


For a fancy touch, warm some apricot jam (to make it easier to spread) and brush on top of cooked tart. The jam will make the apples glisten.