Apple Tart with Toasted Sesame Seeds
A sweet tart dough, nutty frangipane filling and toasted sesame seeds makes this apple tart recipe a winner and a must-try!
You guys my apples I picked a few weeks ago are all gone 🙁 OK, maybe it was a month ago so it makes sense, but still it was a LOT of apples. After several apple recipes over the past weeks, this apple tart cleaned the bags. I didn’t even get to make an apple pie yet!! There was a brown sugar apple pie in last month’s bon appetit I’ve been dying to try but never got around to it. Oh well, I’ll just have to buy another 5lbs for that 🙂
Talking about things I’ve been dying to try >> this apple tart with toasted sesame seeds. Last fall, the hubs and I went to Montreal on a weekend trip. It was a great road trip and nice to get away from our little town. Only 4 hours away, we had a great time in this francophone city. Of course, we hit up LOTS of bakeries and one of them we went to had an apple tart with sesame seeds on it. I was immediately intrigued by the flavor combo but was not convinced enough to try it (plus there were way too many pastries to try). So I chucked it to the back of my head to recreate at some point when I get home. A year later, I finally did! And I am so glad I did because apples + toasted sesame seeds is a great flavor profile. The sweet and tart apples combined with crispy toasted sesame seeds is wonderful.
For this tart, I started with a sweet tart dough (adapted from Baking Chez Moi) and made an almond frangipane filling to coat the bottom of the crust (great great idea because oh my…explosion of nutty flavor in it!). I left my apples pretty simple because I didn’t want spices taking over and just topped them with turbinado sugar and butter. The sweet dough, nutty frangipane filling and warm baked apples makes this my new favorite way to have apples. You need to try it folks! Be adventurous and throw some toasted sesame seeds on your next apple tart. (FYI: even my picky father-in-law loved this tart.)
Apple Tart with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Sweet tart dough (adapted from baking chez moi)
- ¼ cup almond meal
- 1 ¼ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- ½ cup confectioner sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 9 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 1 large egg yolk, whisked
For Frangipane Filling:
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon bourbon or rum
- 7 medium apples, sliced to about ½ inch wedges (I used honeycrisps)
- ¼ cup sugar (granulated or turbinado)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
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Apples this time of the year just DISAPPEAR once they’re home! there’s so much to make with these beauties plus, they taste absolutely delicious when eaten just plain! This tart is making me drool, Zainab! There’s almond frangipane, apples and sesame seeds! It just cannot get any better than this! That brown sugar apple pie sounds just FAB! I hope you’ll post the recipe online when you make it, I would love to try it out too!
That’s true!! Apples are quick to disappear around here. And yes, I will get around to that brown sugar apple pie for sure!
This sounds amazing. I would never in my life think about putting sesame seeds on a sweet pie. I like the idea.
Thanks Kristina! It went together well!
This tart is absolutely stunning! I love the toasted sesame seeds on top. Such a fun touch!
Wow! Beautiful! I love the sesame seeds addition and beautiful presentation!
This looks beautiful, I agree with the other comments, love the addition of sesame (making me think I can also add poppy!) 🙂
Ooo poppy will be another great idea. Let me know if you try it!
Yummy and beautiful! The apples are so nicely arranged! 🙂
First ….omg GORGEOUS.
Second, the almond magic of frangipane with apples is such a dreamy combination. I’m just going to skip dinner with this one and go right to dessert.
Hhahha skipping dinner is not an options…wait of course it is!
Oh my gosh this is so incredibly BEAUTIFUL! I love that you took the time to arrange the apple slices in such a pretty way. And all the nuttiness from frangipane and sesame seeds! Definitely a winning recipe 😉
Thanks Allie! It was my lame attempt to make a rose…you know you are the expert with that!
What a beautiful tart, and the sesame seed thing has me intrigued — I’ve never had that combination before! I believe you if you say it’s good. This I’ve got to try!
You know I will never stir you wrong Marcie!
This tart is stunning! I adore how you layers in the apples. And with toasted sesame seeds? That sounds wonderful!!
Absolutely gorgeous Zainab! Love those sesame seeds! On my list!
This is so gorgeous and the toasted sesame – so unique!
This tart is absolutely fantastic!
May i say that this looks like a fancy dessert? This will make my family & friends think i bought it! Its looks amazing! Just in time for the holidays:)
You can amaze them with your skills!
This tart is seriously GORGEOUS! And sesame seeds? I would have NEVER thought to go that route, but I LOVE it! Great combo girlfriend!
Wow! That tart is truly a work of art! How magnificent!
This tart is stunning and I love the toasted sesame seeds for crunch- super interesting and delicious 🙂
Z, this tart is gorgeous!!!! I love the toasted sesame seeds!
What an awesomely unique dessert! I feel like the sesame seeds totally class up an apple tart! Perfect for serving at a party 🙂
I agree Sues! Thank you!
That looks yummy! I haven’t made anything with apples this fall, and I really need to change that…
Everything about this is absolutely beautiful, Zainab!
What a gorgeous dessert and such a great idea to add the toasted sesame seeds! We actually never got the chance to go apple picking this fall… I wonder if we can squeeze it in before that season is over!
It’s not late yet!!! Especially in NY
Oh I love the idea of combining the apple with the sesame seeds! That combo sounds amazing! And this tart is so pretty too!
This apple tart is stunning. Love the idea of sprinkling over sesame seeds – I’m intrigued by that flavour combo!
I would never think to combine apples and sesame seeds, but it’s pure genius! Love the looks of this tart, so pretty!
Zainab, this dessert is almost too pretty to eat! It sounds simply amazing! The frangipane filling with the apples has to be an amazing combination! A great fall dessert! Thank you for the recipe!