Aussie Apple Tart
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
This is my mother-in-law's favourite apple tart. She says everyone makes a tart this way.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 8
Tart Pastry (from Cook's Illustrated)
  • 2½ cups (12½ oz. or 355 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 6 oz (170 grams) of cold butter cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup (104 grams) of shortening
  • ¼ cup cold vodka
  • ¼ cup very cold water
Tart Filling
  • 2 cups apple sauce (needs to be sweet and tastes really good with a bit of cinnamon)
  • 2 apples sliced thinly
  • 1 tbs demerara sugar
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • ½ cup apricot preserves heated
Tart Pastry
  1. In a food processor, combine 1½ cups of flour, salt and sugar and process in 2 one-second pulses.
  2. Add the butter and shortening and process until the dough starts to form uneven clumps. This takes about 15 seconds and will look like cottage cheese and there is no visible flour.
  3. Scrape the bowl and distribute the dough evenly around the blade.
  4. Add the remaining cup of flour and pulse until the mixture is evenly distributed. Only 4 to 6 quick pulses.
  5. Dump the mixture into a bowl and sprinkle the vodka and water over the mixture.
  6. Important: Use a rubber spatula and fold and press until the dough sticks together.
  7. Divide the dough into two and form two flat disks. Wrap and place in the fridge for 30-45 minutes (or up to 2 days)
Making the Tart
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F or 200C.
  2. Roll out the dough and place in a tart pan with a removable bottom (you can use anything you want but this pan makes placing the tart on the plate really easy)
  3. Prick the bottom and place in refrigerator to chill.
  4. Peel and cut the apples in half and remove the core.
  5. Slice thinly and toss with lemon juice to prevent discoloration.
  6. Retrieve the tart crust and smooth the applesauce over the bottom.
  7. Lay the apple slices in a nice pattern on top of the apple sauce.
  8. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and place in the oven. Reduce the heat to 375F or 190C and bake until golden brown. My oven took about 40 minutes.
  9. Brush the apples with the heated apricot preserves.
Recipe by Orgasmic Chef at