Three Ingredient French Apple Tart

Three Ingredient French Apple Tart

There is such beauty in simplicity. Take this French apple tart. It’s three ingredients that combine to make an easy statement piece for any occasion. The pattern on top with its repeating shapes and golden glossy hue tell you what’s to come… a delicious crisp thin French apple tart. Eat it like a pizza, slice by slice, or make individual apple tarts as you see in patisseries!

Also called, Tarte Fine aux Pommes, this is a classic addition to any patisserie case in France. For lunch, often there is a “menu”, or a set price for a baguette sandwich, drink, and dessert. This along with eclairs and flan are usually offered as the dessert choices as they’re easy to eat and offer that perfect sweet note at the end of your meal.

Apple tart with finely sliced apples on top of puff pastry
5 from 2 votes

Simple French Apple Tart

This gorgeous apple tart, also known as a Tarte Fine aux Pommes, is a three ingredient wonder that will have you and your friends wanting more!

Notes: Be sure to use THE BEST all butter puff pastry you can find. To make these into individual tarts, simply cut circles about 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter and proceed as noted in the recipe. These will bake in about 30 minutes.

Servings 4 people


  • 2-3 apples (like Pink Lady)
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, cold
  • 1/4 cup (80 g) apricot jam


  1. Preheat your oven to 375F (190C).

  2. Roll out the puff pastry on a piece of parchment paper to 1/8 inch (2-3 mm) thick. Use a plate or cake tin to act as a template and cut a 9" (23 cm) circle out of the dough. Transfer the circle and parchment paper to a baking sheet.

  3. Peel the apples and thinly slice.

  4. Start at the top and make a line of apple slices, overlaping with the next. Be sure to have a good overlap as they will shrink as they bake.

  5. Continue adding rows of apple slices overlapping with their neighbors but also the row above it. Fill the puff pastry circle with one even layer of apple slices.

  6. Bake at 375F (190C) for about 40 minutes until the puff pastry is brown and several of the apple slices are singed.

  7. While the tart is baking, heat up the apricot jam and 1 tablespoons (15 ml) of water, either in a small saucepan until steaming, or in the microwave.

  8. Brush the tart liberally with the glaze while it is still hot from the oven for a gorgeous sheen and lots of additional flavor.

7 thoughts on “Three Ingredient French Apple Tart”

  • 5 stars
    Hi Molly, thank you for sharing this recipe. I would like to know if I can assemble everything and store them in the fridge before baking.

    Thanks !

  • Hi Jenny! I think the apples would make the puff pastry wet on the top if it were sitting for a while before baking. What you could do is slice the apples in advance and submerge them in lemon water until ready to assemble and back. Quickly bloat them dry before putting on the pastry. Hope that helps!

  • Hi Molly could you add anything else to the apples like a sprinkling of caster sugar or cinnamon or lemon zest, or would it spoil the simplicity and flavour of this tart?

  • Hey Ingrid!! I would leave it simple! It’s so good just as it is. If you want to add cinnamon, sprinkle it on top of the puff pastry before piling the apples on top :)) Happy Baking!

  • Dear Molly, How long does the cake stay fresh? I am trying to prepare ahead of time. May I freeze this? May I make a day ahead? In the morning?
    It sounds delicious and eloquent!

  • Hi Mindy! This is definitely the type of tart you want to make and eat on the day you plan on devouring it! It’s super easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of time (besides slicing the apples). If you need to reheat, I’d put it back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. Hope that helps! Enjoy 🙂

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