French Apple Pie - Tarte Aux Pommes

Tammy | Chez Nous
by Tammy | Chez Nous
8 slices
1 hr 5 min

This recipe is close to my heart for many reasons. First of all, it's French. And I prefer calling it Tarte Aux Pommes rather than French Apple Pie ... because c'est francais, after all! And it's what I grew up calling it so it's deep in my soul. Almost in my DNA.

The recipe for French Apple Pie was given to my mom by a French friend when we lived in France during my childhood... which means to me that it's culturally authentic, as well. French Apple Pie is a fantastic afternoon snack treat, perfect for picnics, delicious in a lunchbox, and even to curb late night munchies!

It's not required to arrange the apple slices in this manner, but it sure does look pretty!

The crust is a pate sucree ... a sweet crust. I use a gluten-free flour with great results.

I love to use apples that have variegated color on the peels. Just so beautiful.

The custard topping is simply eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and melted butter.

French Apple Pie - Tarte Aux Pommes
Recipe details
  • 8  slices
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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For the Crust
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of salt
For the Apples
  • 1-2 apples, Braeburn or Gravenstein cut into wedges, then into thin slices
For the Custard Topping
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all the dry ingredients for the crust in a bowl. Add the cubes of butter and the egg and use a fork to cut it into the flour mixture. Put it into a baking dish and spread it out with your hands so that it is smooth and even. I like to use a flat quiche dish.
Layer the sliced apples all around in the shape of a flower.
Mix all the ingredients for the custard topping and pour over the apples evenly.
Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until set and browned.
  • Substitutions:
  • I use Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour instead of all-purpose.
  • I like to use organic cane sugar when sugar is called for, but to further lower the glycemic levels, I recommend coconut palm sugar. It is a darker color and as such, will affect the appearance, but that's not a bad thing!
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