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Slices of an apple tart with pecans.

Apple Pecan Tart Recipe

A delicious rustic apple tart with a flaky crust filled with sugared apples for a simple to make tart.
Course Tart
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword apple dessert, apple tart, how to make an apple tart
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 628kcal


Tart Dough

  • 1 tart dough, chilled

Tart Ingredients


Dough instructions

  • Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl
  • Add cold shortening and cold butter that has been cut into small cubes to the flour and toss with the flour to coat.
  • Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the shortening/butter until the size of small peas.
  • Add ice cold water to the flour mixture one tablespoon at a time mixing with a fork just until the dough starts to stick together. If the dough is too dry, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until the dough sticks together.
  • Gather up the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic, and chill until ready to use.

Preparing the Tart

  • Preheat the oven to 375°
  • One a floured board, roll out the tart dough to an ⅛" thick rectangle that is a bit larger than about 18" x 6". Cut the sides to make them straight.
  • Move the dough onto a flat sheet pan by rolling the dough up around the rolling pin. brush water on the edges and turn in the sides to make a ½" rim. You can use a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper so you can pick up the tart and move it.
  • With a fork, lightly press into the dough to seal the rim. If you have room in the refrigerator, place the dough there to chill while preparing the apples.
  • Peel, core, and quarter the apples, then cut into ⅛" thick slices. Put the slices in a large bowl and toss with the sugar, vanilla, and the melted butter.
  • Arrange two rows of apple slices on top of the dough. They should fit nicely side-by-side.
  • Place the tart in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and sprinkle the chopped pecans on top and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • When done, let the tart cool slightly. Microwave the apricot jam for 30 seconds just to warm it up then brush on top of the tart.
  • Slide the tart onto a serving platter and cut into slices.
  • Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and keep them for several days.


Tart dough recipe
Baking Tips 
  • Slice the apples into thin slices and try to get them the same size so they stack and bake evenly.
  • Wait to add the pecans near the end of the baking time. If they are added for the whole baking time they will burn.
  • The apples will still be a bit firm after baking.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 628kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 39.9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 510mg