Apple Rose Tart

An apple and walnut custard tart. Use apples with color, like Jazz™ or Pink Lady®. Evenly slicing the apples helps with the overall look and presentation. Tempering the egg is absolutely crucial for this recipe.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
1 9-inch tart



  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature

  • 1 egg


  • 5 apples, quartered and thinly sliced

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon water (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste

  • teaspoon ground cloves


  • 2 apples, diced

  • ¼ cup walnuts

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 egg, at room temperature


  1. Whisk flour, sugar, and salt together in a bowl. Add butter and egg; mix with a fork until crumbly. Work dough with your hands until fully blended. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate, about 1 hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll dough out to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place crust in the pie plate and prick with a fork.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.

  4. Meanwhile, place sliced apples, sugar, butter, water, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves in a large pot; cook over medium heat until apples start to release their juices and are just malleable enough to curve while still holding their shape, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove apple slices to a plate, reserving cooking juices in the pot.

  5. Add diced apples to the cooking juices and bring to a boil. Cook until apples are mushy, 5 to 10 minutes.

  6. Transfer mushy apples to a medium saucepan. Place walnuts in the bowl of a food processor; process until finely ground. Add nuts to the apples; stir until a paste forms. Add cream; bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

  7. Whisk egg thoroughly in a small glass bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the hot cream mixture, whisking vigorously to make sure the egg doesn't curdle. Repeat twice more. Pour egg mixture into the saucepan; mix to incorporate. Allow custard to cool, stirring often.

  8. Spread cooled custard evenly over the crust. Arrange apple slices on top, working from the outer edge to the center in concentric circles, overlapping the slices to look like a rose.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 50 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You may use a refrigerated store-bought crust, if preferred.

A nut grinder can be used instead of a food processor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

566 Calories
32g Fat
68g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 566
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 218mg 5%

* 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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