Russian Apple Tart

Amazing Russian apple tart from my grandma's collection. Thin, crispy crust topped with sweet apples with a great cinnamon and lemon flavor.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
12 servings


  • 10 medium apples - peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

  • 1 medium lemon, zested and juiced

  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • cup apricot jam

  • ¼ cup cognac


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a small cookie sheet.

  2. Mix apple slices with lemon juice in a bowl. Stir lemon zest, walnuts, and cinnamon together in a separate bowl.

  3. Mix sugar and butter together in another bowl. Mix in egg, followed by flour until a dough forms.

  4. Spread dough over the prepared cookie sheet with your hands. It will be thin. Sprinkle walnut mixture evenly over the dough and press it in with your hands. Arrange the apple slices over top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  6. While the tart is baking, heat the apricot jam in microwave or stovetop until it reaches a liquid consistency, about 1 minute.

  7. Remove the tart from the oven and brush it with warmed jam. Return to the oven and bake until golden and set, 15 to 20 more minutes.

  8. To serve, pour cognac into a ladle, carefully light with a match, and pour over the whole tart. The alcohol will burn off.

Cook's Notes:

You can turn up the heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) after the first 30 minutes of baking if you like.

Using cognac is optional.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
14g Fat
46g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 193mg 4%

* 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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