Delicious Apple Tart Recipe for a Sweet Treat

As the crisp autumn air sets in and the leaves turn to shades of orange and red, I am drawn to the warmth of my kitchen and the comforting aroma of freshly baked treats. And for me, nothing quite says autumn like a delicious apple tart. Today, I want to share with you my recipe for Tarta De Manzana, a traditional Spanish apple tart that is both easy to make and sure to please.

This beloved dessert has been enjoyed for centuries in Spain and has become a staple in many Hispanic households around the world. It is made with tangy tart green apples such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious, mixed with ground cinnamon, sugar, and wrapped in layers of flaky puff pastry. The subtle acidity from the apples combined with the sweetness of the sugar and cinnamon creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave your taste buds singing.

Whether you’re looking for a dessert to share with family and friends, or simply looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So put on your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready to enjoy one of Spain’s most beloved desserts.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Tarta De Manzana (Apple Tart)
Tarta De Manzana (Apple Tart)

If you’re a fan of dessert recipes, then one thing is for sure – you don’t want to pass up the chance to experience the mouth-watering flavors of Tarta de Manzana (Apple Tart). Whether you’re a lover of apple pie, sponge cake, or just anything with a hint of cinnamon, this recipe will leave your taste buds pleased and satisfied.

Firstly, let’s talk about the ingredients. This recipe calls for tart green apples, golden delicious or granny smith. These apples add a beautiful tang and freshness to the dessert that embodies traditional Spanish and Basque apple tart flavors. Along with the crispy layers of puff pastry, which give it a great texture when bitten into, and ground cinnamon that brings out diverse flavors that add depth to this magnificent apple tart.

Secondly, this recipe is incredibly easy! With minimal effort in preparing these ingredients, it is perfect for baking newbies as well as experienced bakers short on time. The world-renowned gastronomy magazine Gourmet Traveller also featured tarta de manzana cake videos on YouTube Shorts because they recognize how quick and easy it is to make amongst all its great flavors.

But most importantly, there can be no doubt that this tarta de manzana recipe is simply irresistible. If you are looking for something new to excite your taste senses or just in search of the perfect ending to a Spanish-inspired meal with good company, then look no further than Tarta de Manzana.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and start on this amazing journey towards your next masterpiece- the scrumptious Tarta de Manzana!

Ingredient List

“Warm, gooey apple goodness in every bite”

Let’s dive into the heart of this Apple Tart recipe – the ingredients! Before beginning any culinary adventure, it is always best to ensure that you have all necessary ingredients ready and easily accessible. Fortunately, this recipe calls for only a few simple yet essential ingredients, making it an effortless endeavor.

The Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed (4)
  • 4 tart green apples, such as Granny Smith (3)
  • 1 lemon (3)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (3)
  • 1 cup of apricot jam glaze (3)
  • Caster sugar plus extra sprinkling for an additional touch of sweetness (3)

These ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Trust us, once you taste this Apple Tart, every bite will be worth the quest for these ingredients.

The Recipe How-To

“A golden, flaky crust cradling juicy apple slices”

Now, it’s time to get down to business and prepare the star of the show – the tarta de manzana. In this section, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of making this delicious Spanish apple tart.


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 4 tart green apples, such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apricot jam


  1. The first step is to preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Next, core and thinly slice 4 washed and peeled apples (I recommend tart green apples such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious).
  3. In a bowl, toss the apple slices with juice of one lemon and one teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one sheet of thawed puff pastry into a large rectangle.
  5. Transfer the pastry to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Arrange apple slices in rows on top of the pastry leaving a border of approximately 1 inch around the edges.
  7. Brush the edges with apricot jam glaze, and sprinkle sugar over all ingredients (caster sugar plus extra sprinkling).
  8. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for about 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and golden brown and the apples are caramelized on top.
  9. Once the tarta de manzana is ready, allow it cool for about 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Serve your finished tarta de manzana alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an easy yet impressive dessert that is perfect for any occasion!

Substitutions and Variations

“A slice of heaven for apple lovers”

One of the best things about this recipe for Tarta de Manzana is its flexibility. While it’s hard to beat the classic combination of tart green apples, puff pastry, and cinnamon, there are plenty of ways to modify the recipe to suit your tastes.

Let’s start with the apples. While Granny Smith are the traditional choice for this apple tart, you can experiment with other varieties as well. Try using Golden Delicious for a sweeter flavor or a Spanish apple, such as the Basque variety, for a more unique twist.

If you don’t have puff pastry on hand, you can substitute it with a sheet of shortcrust pastry or try making your own pie crust from scratch. And if you want to mix things up even more, why not transform this tart into an upside-down apple cake by using a sponge cake base instead of puff pastry?

For those with dietary restrictions or preferences, there are also many substitutions that can be made. If you’re cutting back on sugar, you can reduce the caster sugar in the recipe or substitute it with a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. And for those avoiding gluten, there are gluten-free puff pastry options available in many supermarkets.

Finally, let’s talk about serving and pairing. This apple tart is delicious on its own or served with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. But if you want to get creative with pairings, try serving it alongside a cup of coffee or tea for a cozy afternoon treat. And if you’re feeling adventurous, pair it with a glass of Colombian dessert wine for a truly indulgent experience.

No matter how you choose to customize your Tarta de Manzana, this recipe is a great starting point for creating your own unique apple tart masterpiece.

Serving and Pairing

“Bite into autumn with this delicious tart”

The Tarta De Manzana is a versatile dessert that can be served in many different ways. Traditionally, it is served at room temperature with a light dusting of powdered sugar. But for those who prefer a sweeter experience, try drizzling some apricot jam glaze over the top for a sticky and sweet finish.

This delectable apple tart also pairs beautifully with a variety of drinks such as coffee, hot cocoa or even a glass of Spanish cider, to cut through the sweetness of the tart. The tartness of green apples compliments well with the bitterness of coffee or the richness of hot cocoa.

For those who want to take pairing to a whole new level, try pairing Tarta De Manzana with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, which perfectly balances out the tanginess of the green apples and cinnamon flavors. Or for a healthier option, try serving with some freshly whipped cream and garnish with diced apple slices.

Whether you choose to serve it classic style or experiment with your own pairings, the Tarta De Manzana is sure to bring joy to your taste buds and leave your guests wanting more!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Perfectly balanced flavors of sweet and tart”

Attention to detail is the key to any successful dessert, and this Tarta de Manzana recipe is no exception. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished baker, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for any last-minute gathering.

Luckily, this recipe is especially convenient in that you can make the tart ahead of time and even store it in the freezer for future use. Once you have baked and cooled the tart completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to serve the tart, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature for about an hour. If you want to reheat it, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and place the thawed tart on a baking sheet. Warm it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes before serving.

If you have leftover slices of Tarta de Manzana, they can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic wrap for up to three days in the refrigerator. You can also enjoy them at room temperature or reheated following the steps mentioned above.

Another bonus is that this apple tart is so delicious that it won’t last long enough to require storage! But if you do find yourself with leftovers, rest assured that they will still be just as tempting and flavorful as when you first baked them.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Happiness is a fresh-out-of-the-oven apple tart”

When it comes to baking, attention to detail is key. Here are some tips to ensure your Tarta De Manzana comes out perfectly every time.

1. Choose the Right Apples

The tartness and crisp texture of green apples make them ideal for this recipe. Granny Smith apples make an excellent choice for their signature tartness, but Golden Delicious apples are also suitable if you prefer a sweeter taste. Regardless of the type of apple you choose, be sure they are fresh and firm.

2. Add a Sprinkle of Cinnamon

A pinch of ground cinnamon adds depth of flavor and warm spice notes to this Spanish apple tart recipe.

3. Use Puff Pastry

Puff pastry is the secret ingredient that will give your Tarta De Manzana its signature flaky crust. Be sure to use high-quality puff pastry, which can be found in the frozen section of most grocery stores.

4. Preheat the Oven

Before starting the baking process, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). This will ensure that your Tarta De Manzana bakes evenly, with a crispy crust and tender filling.

5. Brush with Apricot Glaze

Coating the top of the tart with a brush of apricot jam glaze adds a touch of sweetness and gloss to the final product.

6. Keep the Dough Cold

While rolling out puff pastry, it is essential to work quickly before it starts to become too soft due to heat from hands or ambient temperatures. Keeping your dough cold until ready to use can help prevent sticking and make handling easier.

7. Go Traditional or Add a Twist

If you prefer traditional Spanish-style apple tarts, create concentric circles using sliced apples on top of puff pastry before baking. If you’re feeling brave, try an upside-down apple cake or add your own personal touch by adding toppings like nuts or streusel.

With these tips and tricks, you’re well on your way to mastering the perfect Tarta De Manzana that guests will rave about long after it’s gone!


As with any recipe, questions inevitably arise. To ensure that you have all the information you need to create a perfect Tarta De Manzana, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for your reference. From ingredient substitutions to baking techniques, these answers should help guide you in crafting a beautiful and delicious apple tart.

What apples are best for tarts?

To create an unforgettable tart, it’s important to use the right type of apples. Golden Delicious or Jonagold apples are perfect choices, while Braeburn apples with their sweet-tart and spicy flavor can also work well. Make sure you have these apples available before starting the recipe.

What is Tarte Normande made of?

If you’re in the mood for a delectable French delicacy that embodies the flavors of the northern regions of France, then look no further than the French Apple Tart or Tarte Normande. With its blend of apples, apple brandy, cream, and butter, this dessert exudes an air of simplicity while still retaining its elegance. Don’t let the sophistication of this treat scare you off from making it, as it is actually quite easy to prepare. Get ready to be transported to the French countryside with each delectable bite.

How do you make apple tart Jamie Oliver?

For this recipe, you’ll need 1 kg of either Golden Delicious or Chantecler apples, 100 ml of armagnac, 55 g of unsalted butter, 12 sheets of filo pastry weighing 270g, 115 g of caster sugar (plus extra for sprinkling), 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar or a few drops of vanilla extract, 1 lemon, and a small sprig of fresh rosemary. Make sure you have all these ingredients on hand before beginning the recipe.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Tarta de Manzana is more than just a dessert. It’s a cultural staple, an expression of tradition, a decadent treat that transports you to sunny orchards filled with tart green apples. With this recipe, you can turn your kitchen into a Basque pastry shop, impressing your guests with the mouthwatering aroma of cinnamon and apricot jam glaze.

Whether you’re in the mood for an apple pie, cake, or tart, this recipe has got you covered. You can experiment with different types of Spanish apples or switch up the puff pastry for a sponge cake base. The possibilities are endless, and that’s what makes this recipe so special.

So why not take a trip to Colombia without leaving your kitchen? Bake this Tarta de Manzana and experience the flavors of a traditional Spanish dessert. Share it with loved ones or indulge in it all by yourself – we won’t judge. Trust us when we say that one bite of this heavenly pie will make all your troubles disappear.

Tarta De Manzana (Apple Tart)

Tarta De Manzana (Apple Tart) Recipe

Posted for Zaar World Tour III, for Spanish region. I found this recipe in a Spanish Food section of Described as a "quick and easy" apple tart.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Apple, Dessert, Easy, European, Fruit, Low Protein, Spanish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 276kcal


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 4 tart green apples, such as Granny Smith
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • apricot jam, for glaze


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Peel, core and slice apples.
  • Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface and place in a 9-inch pie pan. Trim any pastry that hangs over the edges.
  • Arrange apple slices in pastry shell; pour lemon juice over apples.
  • Place tart in its pan on a cookie sheet and place on middle oven rack.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, covering pastry edges with foil if browning too quickly.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Spread apricot jam over tart to glaze (have jam at room temperature or warm it slightly - this will make it easier to spread).

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Serving: 128g | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.1g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 15.7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 102.9mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 10.1g

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