Apple Marzipan Puff Pastry Tart


This is a variation on a puff pastry tart recipe: the marzipan adds a sweet extra layer to this dessert. Autumn is the time to try it out when the apples are sweet and crisp. I like using McIntosh apples as they are an excellent baking apple with not too much liquid, but other types like Lobo can be used. This is a super easy recipe for apple pie and makes a spectacular presentation at a dinner party.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 tart


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 1 (4 ounce) package marzipan

  • 3 large McIntosh apples - peeled, cored, and sliced

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more to taste

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¾ cup brown sugar, or to taste

  • ¼ cup chopped lightly toasted pecans

  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

  2. Roll puff pastry out into a 14- to 15-inch circle on a floured surface. Place onto the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Place marzipan between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and roll into a circle about 11 inches in diameter. Remove plastic wrap and place marzipan in the center of the puff pastry.

  4. Toss apples, cornstarch, butter, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Add brown sugar and toss quickly.

  5. Arrange the apple slices in concentric circles onto the marzipan, leaving about 3 inches of pastry free at the edges. Pile the apple filling high up in layers and add all the dry bits remaining in the bowl. Sprinkle with pecans.

  6. Fold edges of the puff pastry up around the filling, leaving center open and pinching the edges where it overlaps. Press pastry gently around the filling to squeeze out any excess air in between. Brush a little egg around the top.

  7. Place in the preheated oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake until puff pastry is golden brown and apples are fork-tender, 35 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
13g Fat
38g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 115mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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