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Tarte Normande


I love the apple tarts you find in the local patisseries or supermarkets here in Brittany. The variations of apple tarts include some with a custard base and others with an apple puree base but my favourite is with a frangipane base – Normandy Apple Tart.

This is my take on Tarte Normande using an easy all in one frangipane, a touch of Calvados and glazed with homemade apple jelly.


  • 1 quantity rich shortcrust pastry to fit a 23 cm flan tin (using a 200 g flour mix)
  • 4 – 5 eating apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 110 g (½ cup) softened butter
  • 110 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 110 g (1 cup) ground almonds
  • 35 g (¼ cup ) plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons Calvados (optional)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Approximately 3 – 4 tablespoons sieved apricot jam or apple jelly
Grease and line:
1 x 23 cm (9 inch) flan tin
Preheat oven:

200℃ / Gas Mark 6

  • Roll out your pastry to about the thickness of a £1 coin (⅛ inch ) making sure the pastry circle is large enough for the diameter of your flan tin plus twice its depth.
  • Carefully line your tin with your pastry.
  • Prick the bottom of the case with a fork and pop in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  • Core and finely slice your apples – toss the slices in the lemon juice and set aside.
  • To make your all in one frangipane, place all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat together for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove your tart case from the fridge and fill with your frangipane mix, smoothing over to level.
  • Arrange the apple slices in concentric circles on the top of your frangipane.
  • Place in the oven for 20 minutes at 200℃.
  • After 20 minutes, turn the oven down to 180℃ and cook for a further 20 minutes until cooked through.
  • Cooking at the higher temperature for the first 20 minutes and then lowering the temperature ensures you don’t end up with a soggy bottom!
  • Brush with warmed apricot jam or apple jelly and leave to cool before removing from the tin.
  • Serve warm or cool with a lovely dollop of creme fraiche and enjoy.

I’m entering this recipe into the Tea Time Treats Challenge co hosted by Karen Burns Booth at Lavender and Lovage and Janie at the Hedgecombers where the theme this month is open top pies, tarts and quiches.

I’m linking Tarte Normande to Best Recipe 2014:

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Katy Coxhead

Monday 14th of January 2019

I really love Tarte Normande but when I have made it at home it has never tasted authentic. By adding The frangipane base this has changed everything and now my Tarte Normande is perfect. Thank you so much Sarah James for your generous sharing of this recipe ????

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Thursday 1st of January 2015

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Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

Tuesday 17th of June 2014

This looks absolutely delicious, frangipane definitely beats a custard filling, even better when it's spiked with Calvados!


Thursday 19th of June 2014

Thanks Jen, I love to use Calvados with apples in my baking.


Wednesday 4th of June 2014

What a lovely looking tart, I bet it tasted delicious!


Saturday 14th of June 2014

Thank you Ella, it makes a lovely dessert & went down well at our Eurovision party.

Tea Time Treats Round Up - May 2014 - The Hedge Combers

Monday 2nd of June 2014

[…] went a bit nuts when Sarah shared this stunning Tarte Normande on the #TeaTimeTreats hashtag on Twitter. It is definitely a thing of beauty, pop over to Tales […]