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Apple Crumble Tart

5 from 8 votes
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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This simple Apple Crumble Tart is a show stopper. It is filled with spiced apples, wrapped in a crisp shell, and topped with a buttery crumble topping. There is no chilling and no peeling or cooking the apples ahead of time.This quick and easy recipe comes together as quick as your hands can make it.

For more related recipes, try my Caramel Apple Pie Dip or these Apple and Plum Crumble Bars!

Apple Crumble Tart after baking.

I absolutely love making pies and tarts, but I have to be honest … sometimes I just do not have the patience for them. All the chilling and rolling and fussing for hours when I could be spending time with my family.

This Apple Crumble Tart recipe is the complete opposite (don’t let the three elements fool you). It takes significantly less time than other recipes out there and it has a beautiful show stopping design that will WOW all who eat your tart.

If you are looking for more apple recipes try my Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders, Apple Cider Slushies, Apple Cider Mule Mocktail, Apple Butter BBQ Sauce, or this Apple Cider Sangria Mocktail. You will also love this Irish Apple Cake.

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This Will Be The Quickest Apple Tart You Ever Make

  • There is no peeling your apples. This cuts down on time, adds beautiful red color to the tart, and adds nutrients from the peels. You could peel them if you want to though.
  • There is no kneading, no rolling, and no blind baking the tart shell. Just combine everything together and press it into your tart pan.
  • There is no cooking the apples before putting the tart in the oven. A lot of recipes want you to cook the apple filling on the stove top, not this one. Toss the apple filling together and then arrange the apples in your tart.
  • There is no chilling. Most recipes require chilling the tart shell or chilling the entire tart before it is bakes but this one does not. Pop it in the oven right after you are done constructing it.
2 slices of Apple Crumble Tart on plates.

Ingredients for Apple Crumble Tart

This recipe has 3 elements (basic tart shell, apple filling, and a buttery crumble), and 9 simple ingredients.

The best part is they are all basic pantry ingredients, except for maybe the apples. But if you are like me you always have a bag of apples in the refrigerator. Keep reading for notes and potential substitutions on each ingredient.

  • Flour: All- purpose unbleached flour works best. This recipe has not been tested with other types of flours so I cannot recommend.
  • Brown Sugar: You can use either light brown sugar or dark, whatever you have on hand. Dark brown sugar will have a more rich, caramel like notes.
  • Salt: Omit the salt if you are using salted butter.
  • Unsalted Butter: If all you have is salted butter, just omit adding more salt. You will need two sticks total, part will be melted and slightly cooled, part will be softened, and part will be cold and cubed.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg: These spices add so much delicious flavor to the tart. You can also use Pumpkin Pie Spice in their place.
  • Apples: Keep the peels on, but remove the cores. They should be thinly sliced. Remember the thicker they are, the longer they will take to bake. As for the type of apple, I use Fuji apples but Gala, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, and even Granny Smith apples work great.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Most recipes call for lemon juice but apple cider vinegar is superior! It adds a tang and sour to the sweet jammy filling as it bakes down.
  • Vanilla Extract: This adds flavor and depth to the apples. As they cook it gives the jam vanilla flavor.

Equipment Needed

  • 11″ Tart Pan with removeable bottom is a MUST. You could also use mini tart pans to make mini apple crumble tarts.

How to Make Apple Crumble Tart

This is a short summary of the steps, the recipe card below will have more details.

1. Rub together the crumble (softened unsalted butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt) and pop it in the freezer.

2. Toss together the apple filling (apples, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract) and set it aside.

3. Combine the tart shell to make a dough (flour, brown sugar, salt, and melted unsalted butter).

4. Press the dough mixture into your tart pan.

5. Arrange the apple slices to make your design and then scatter the cold butter cubes. You can also throw the apple slices into the tart shell if you do not want to take the time arranging them.

6. Sprinkle the crumble around the perimeter of the pie so you can still see your design.

7. Bake for an hour or until golden brown and bubbly.

8. Cool until room temperature before slicing and serving.

Optional Toppings for Apple Crumble Pie

Once your tart is baked, jazz up the flavors by adding a delicious topping. Some examples include:

  • Caramel Drizzle
  • Vanilla Ice Cream. I like this Vitamix Ice Cream recipe.
  • Butterscotch Topping
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cream of Coconut
Caramel being drizzled onto the Apple Crumble Tart slice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What’s the best apple for a apple tart?

There are a lot of different apples you can use. I recommend using a firmer apple like Fuji apples but Gala, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, and even Granny Smith apples work great.

How do you cut apples for a apple tart?

It is important to cut your apples evenly and in very thin slices. The thickness of your apple slices will dictate how long your tart takes to bake. I start off by cutting on both sides of the apple core (almost as if you are cutting the apple in half but not coming near the core). Then I take those halves and cut thin vertical slices.

Do you have to peel apples for Apple Crumble Pie?

Not at all, I think this is personal preference. Keeping the peel on the apple cuts down on the time spent making your tart and it also adds nutrients. But if you prefer to peel your apples go for it.

Is Apple Crumble Pie healthy?

The apples are healthy but the two sticks of butter, flour, and sugar in this recipe are not. You can be the ultimate judge as to whether or not it is “healthy” for you. I like to say everything in moderation.

Apple Crumble Tart ready to cut and serve with a basket of apples next to it.

Storing Information

Once your Apple Crumble Tart is baked you can store it or any leftovers in an airtight container. At room temperature it will keep for 3 days and in the refrigerator it will keep for up to 1 week.

You can even freeze this tart for up to a month. All you have to do is wrap it in parchment paper and then aluminum foil. Whenever you are ready to eat it just thaw the tart in your refrigerator overnight. I like to pop a slice in the microwave to warm it up a bit before I eat it.

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Apple Crumble Tart after baking. Ready to serve.

Apple Crumble Tart

Elizabeth Swoish
If you love apples then you are going to love this beautiful yet simple Apple Crumble Tart. It is crispy, buttery, and filled with delicious spiced apples. Best part is how quick it is to make. Let's make it!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 10 slices
Calories 322 kcal


  • 11" Tart Pan - with removable bottom


Crumble Topping

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter - room temperature
  • ½ cup all- purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Apple Filling

  • 5 Fuji apples - cored and thinly sliced
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter - cold and cut into small cubes

Tart Shell

  • 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted and slightly cooled


  • Preheat oven to 350 °F and center the oven rack.

Crumble Topping

  • In a bowl mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Rub the butter into the dry mixture until large crumbs are formed.
    Crumble topping all rubbed and mixed together with a fork in a small bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer.

Apple Filling

  • In a large bowl combine thinly sliced apples, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
    Thin apple slices covered in brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar in a bowl.

Tart Shell

  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, brown sugar and salt. Add the melted butter and combine until a dough forms.*
    Tart shell dough mixed together in a bowl ready to go in the tart pan.
  • Press the mixture into the tart pan until it is smooth and even.
    Tart shell dough pressed into the tart pan.

Constructing the Apple Crumble Tart

  • Arrange the apple slices tightly over the tart crust in groupings of 10 to 12.
    NOTE: To cut down on time throw the apple slices into the tart shell without arranging them.
    Apple slices arranged on top of the tart shell.
  • Top with cold butter cubes and sprinkle the cold crumble topping on the outer edge of the tart and in the crevices, careful to not cover up the design.
    Apple tart with crumble on top and cold butter cubes. Ready to go in the oven.
  • Place tart on an aluminum cookie sheet.

Baking the Apple Crumble Tart

  • Bake for 1 hour or until the crust is golden and the apples are tender.
    NOTE: If the crumble or apples begin to brown too much, loosely place aluminum foil over it and continue to bake the tart.
    Apple Crumble Tart after baking.
  • Remove from oven and let the tart cool completely.
  • Carefully remove the tart from the form. Slice and serve with caramel, ice cream, whipped cream, or on it's own.
    Caramel being drizzled onto the Apple Crumble Tart slice.



*If the melted butter is too warm your tart shell dough will be extremely greasy and difficult to press into your tart pan. In the event this happens you will have to chill it for about 15 minutes before pressing into your tart pan.

Storing Information:

  • Stored at room temperature, covered for up to 3 days.
  • Stored refrigerated, covered for up to 7 days.
  • Stored frozen (baked or unbaked) for up to 1 months.

How to Cut the Apples:

  • Start off by cutting on both sides of the apple core (almost as if you are cutting the apple in half but not coming near the core). Then take those halves and cut thin vertical slices.

Best Types of Apples for Apple Tarts:

  • I recommend using a firmer apple like Fuji apples but Gala, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, and even Granny Smith apples work great.

Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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By Elizabeth Swoish on September 21st, 2022
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About Elizabeth Swoish

Elizabeth Swoish is the founder and CEO of Entirely Elizabeth. She is a self-taught foodie and mocktail enthusiast with a business degree in data analysis. Learn more about her HERE or connect on your favorite social media channels.

9 thoughts on “Apple Crumble Tart”

  1. This recipe is delicious. I drizzled a rum caramel glaze over it for some extra umph. My only issue was that I couldn’t get tart off the pan bottom without disturbing the crust. I’ll add parchment next time.

  2. 5 stars
    Can you say “OMG”!!!!! THIS APPLE CRUMBLE TART IS AMAZING!! I must try and will make the best dessert for my Thanksgiving dessert!!

  3. 5 stars
    We just went apple picking as a family and I was looking for an apple recipe. This was easy to follow and not only did it impress my family at dinner, it was so good that there were no leftovers!


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