Tarte de Maçã – Portuguese Apple Tart

Tarte de Maçã - Portuguese Apple Tart

Tarte de Maçã or translated to Portuguese Apple Tart is likely a dish you’ve not heard of from the custard capital known as Portugal. As a tourist even when you leave the capital Lisbon and venture to a different part of the country, you’ll still find custard tarts every where. We ate so many custard tarts during visit there some years ago that custard was hard to face for some months thereafter.

Yet Portugal is not defined by one custard dish and this super simple tart that has ingredients easily found in most supermarkets and with apple season upon us it is never a better time to make this. Most years in the lead up to fall, I dream of the abundance of apples and all the things one can make with the vast variety of apples that suddenly appear and feel . Something about apples and all the delicious ways to prepare them is even more exciting when you have a foreign food blog.

Honestly, like potatoes, a lot of cultures have their take and way to consume apples and today’s recipe is but one. It’s a humble recipe that doesn’t require any unusual ingredients, so I hope you have these in your kitchen or can pick them up easily and are inspired to try this, because it’s a bit addictive.

Portuguese Apple Tart

We love pastry in our house, so it may be for that reason that this Portuguese Apple Tart disappeared pretty swiftly. Bought pastry makes this even easier and you don’t need a huge bunch of apples to make this either, only six and it’s the kind of dessert most people outside Portugal have probably never tasted, so a good way to impress friends.

The ingredients for Tarte de Maçã lemon juice, water and store bought puff pastry and is likely a way you’ve never used apples before in such an unfussy tart that looks like a showstopper, but you’ll know when serving it that this wasn’t as difficult to make.

Tarte de Maçã – Portuguese Apple Tart

You can easily use store bought puff pastry to make this tart, however, if you would like to homemake it, this recipe looks to be a great one.

With the apples being put into lemon juice you’ll want to prepare them all in one batch whilst preparing the tart.

More apple recipes you’ll enjoy

Amish Apple Fritters

Versunkener Apfelkuchen – Sunken Apple Cake

Fennel and Apple Crumble

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Portuguese Apple Tart – Tarte de Maçã
Recipe from Easy Portuguese Recipes
Serve 6

Ingredients:
6 fresh medium apples, peeled, quartered and cored
4 teaspoons lemon juice
150 grams/2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons water
1 large sheet puff pastry
1 egg yolk

Directions:
Greaseproof your pie dish and preheat the oven to 180C/355F.

Slice two of the apples and place in a medium saucepan with half the lemon juice, half the sugar and all the water on high heat, until the sugar has dissolved and it has formed a syrup.

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Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Remove your puff pastry from the freezer to thaw slightly.

Meanwhile, slice the remaining apples into thin slices and place in a bowl with the remaining lemon juice. Set aside.

Press your slightly thawed puff pastry sheet into your prepared pie dish and spread all the cooked apples and half the syrup over the base.

Take the thinly sliced apples and layer on top until all have been spread out.

Pour the remaining syrup over the top.

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Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top evenly and brush over the egg yolk.

Place in the oven to bake for approximately 35 minutes until the crust and apples are golden.

Remove and allow to cool until warm.

Slice and serve as is or with a little ice cream if you’re feeling like it.

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traditional portuguese tarte de maca

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  • Author: Sylvie
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x
  • Category: Pies and Tarts
  • Cuisine: Portuguese

Description

A fussy free Portuguese apple tart in a puff pastry shell with an apple syrup underneath those golden slices makes for an easy and fuss free dessert.


Ingredients

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6 fresh medium apples, peeled, quartered and cored
4 teaspoons lemon juice
150 grams/2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons water
1 large sheet puff pastry
1 egg yolk


Instructions

  • Greaseproof your pie dish and preheat the oven to 180C/355F.
  • Slice two of the apples and place in a medium saucepan with half the lemon juice, half the sugar and all the water on high heat, until the sugar has dissolved and it has formed a syrup.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Remove your puff pastry from the freezer to thaw slightly.
  • Meanwhile, slice the remaining apples into thin slices and place in a bowl with the remaining lemon juice. Set aside.
  • Press your slightly thawed puff pastry sheet into your prepared pie dish and spread all the cooked apples and half the syrup over the base.
  • Take the thinly sliced apples and layer on top until all have been spread out.
  • Pour the remaining syrup over the top.
  • Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top evenly and brush over the egg yolk.
  • Place in the oven to bake for approximately 35 minutes until the crust and apples are golden.
  • Remove and allow to cool until warm.
  • Slice and serve as is or with a little ice cream if you’re feeling like it.

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