Possibly the easiest – and best – apple tart you’ll ever make.
This Upside Down Puff Pastry Apple Tart is a dessert game changer. Sweet, tart, warmly spiced apples caramelize beautifully under a golden shell of buttery puff pastry. It’s a simple, fuss-free recipe that is incredibly elegant and so delicious.
If you’ve never made an upside down tart take this as your time to start. This method has been stuck in my mind since I first tried an upside down pastry pizza recipe in one of my Jamie Oliver Books. I loved it and have been wanting to make my own version for years which tells you a lot about the volume of cooking ideas in my head and how long it takes me to get to some of them. Please don’t ask to see the Notes app on my phone.
So while I still haven’t gotten around to making my upside down pizza, I’m pretty excited about taking this method and making it into dessert. And now that is all I can think about…
Upside Down Puff Pastry Apple Tart, how to make it…
Step 1: Slice up your apples and toss them with lemon juice, melted butter, flour, cinnamon and cardamom.
Step 2: Lay the apples out in an even layer on a parchment lined baking sheet, as pictured above.
Step 3: Gently lay a sheet of pastry over the apples, pressing the edges to adhere to the parchment. Cut a few vents in the top of the pastry with a sharp knife.
Step 4: Bake for 30-40 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through.
Step 5: Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top of the tart and gently place another baking sheet on top. Flip the baking sheets over and then remove the parchment paper. Let the tart cool slightly before cutting and serving, preferably with some really good vanilla ice cream.
Upside Down Puff Pastry Apple Tart Recipe ingredients, tips, substitutions:
Pastry – store bought puff pastry is easy and perfect for this recipe, but if you like to make your own please do.
Apples – tart apples like Granny Smith work really well, but use whatever apples you prefer for baking.
Brown Sugar – I like the dark brown sugar, but light works too.
Spices – I like the combination of cinnamon and cardamom, but feel free to play around with other spices like ginger, nutmeg, allspice.
Upside Down Puff Pastry Apple Tart Recipe Variations:
- Try another fruit like blueberries or cherries.
- Make it a bit savoury for an appetizer… reduce the sugar a bit and once it’s baked immediately top with sliced brie or goat cheese.
- Make it a salted caramel apple tart by adding a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of flaky salt before serving.
looking for more sweet apple recipes? try these…
- Caramel Apple Crescent Rolls
- Instant Pot Apple Cider – With Cinnamon and Ginger
- Spiced Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins
- Apple Blondies with Walnuts and Cinnamon Brown Butter Glaze
- Apple Almond Cake
Upside Down Puff Pastry Apple Tart
- 4 cups apples thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp butter melted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1 sheet Puff Pastry homemade or store bought
- In a bowl toss the sliced apples with the melted butter and the vanilla. Mix well.
- Sprinkle with the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. Mix well again.
- Spread the apples in an even layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Gently lay the pastry over the apples. Use a fork to press all around the edges of the pastry to seal the edges and use a knife to poke a few vents in the pastry.
- Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes until pastry is cooked and golden.
- Lay another sheet of parchment on top of the tart and gently lay another baking sheet on top. Flip the pans over and remove the top parchment. Let the tart cool slightly before cutting and serving.
Let me know what you think below and if you like this Upside Down Puff Pastry Apple Tart Recipe I think you should try these Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Blondies. They’re one of my other favourite Fall desserts.