Cinnamon Applesauce Tart


Cinnamon Applesauce Tart | From My Sweet Heart

How often do you cheat yourself out of a really good meal or a fabulous dessert because you are eating alone?

Just me tonight?  I won’t bother to cook.  I’ll just throw together a sandwich for dinner and scoop a little Ben & Jerry’s for dessert.

But when you are having dinner with friends, all of a sudden the food you eat matters, and what you make has to be extra special.  After all, it’s a reflection of yourself and a display of affection and gratitude for your friends.  Tonight, Eileen from  The Joy of Caking has invited me to join her and some of our amazing blogging friends for a lovely and unique Fall Harvest Dinner.  I’m bringing one of my most favorite desserts.  Home made applesauce lightly sweetened and spiced fills a flaky, buttery crust and is topped with thinly sliced apples, all sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

The result is something warm and sweet and satisfying and worthy of sharing with good friends!


Cinnamon Applesauce Tart | From My Sweet Heart


Eileen is a wonderful blogging friend who writes one of the most entertaining blogs,  The Joy of Caking.  There you will find her writing about her excursions around the Fingerlakes of New York, the chronicles of fixing up The Pink Paradise (her fabulous retro camper), as well as sharing fantastic recipes such as Home Made Pumpkin Sweet Rolls , Holy Cow Parfaits, and Making Your Own Dill Pickles.   AND you can shop at The Mercantile, a fun place for your crafty needs and awesome vintage finds!

And tonight, I am honored to be a guest at Eileen’s Fall Harvest Dinner.  I am in great company with so many other wonderful bloggers, sharing their best fall recipes.  Please head over to  The Joy of Caking to see what is on the menu!


Cinnamon Applesauce Tart:


Yields: one 10 inch tart for your 10 most fabulous friends!

Level of Difficulty:  easy, just a couple of steps which can be made ahead of time



Cinnamon Applesauce Tart | From My Sweet Heart


Since the APPLESAUCE may be made ahead of time, let’s start there.  You will need:

  • 8 Gala or Braeburn apples, cored, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 of a cup of apple cider (water or apple juice would work, too)
  • 1/4 of a cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground cloves

Simply place all of the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.  Turn down the heat and simmer it on medium-low until the apples have softened, about 30 minutes.  Take the pan off of the heat and let the mixture cool.  Puree the apples in a blender.  Refrigerate if you are not making the tart right away.


Sweet Pastry Crust:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks of cold, unsalted butter, cut into little pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 3-5 Tablespoons of ice water

Place the flour, sugar and salt in the working bowl of your food processor and pulse it just to combine everything.  Add the pieces of butter and continue to pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  With the machine still running, add the egg yolk and the 3 Tablespoons of the ice water.  It is ready when the dough just starts to come together in a ball.  Add more water, 1 Tablespoon at a time if you need.  Shape the dough into a flat, round disc and wrap it in some plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before you are ready to use it. When you are ready to bake your tart, roll the dough into a circle that will fit you tart pan.  Lay the dough into the pan and trim the edges.  Dock the bottom of the tart with the tines of a fork and freeze the the tart shell for another 30 minutes.  Then lay some foil or parchment paper over the tart, fill it with pie weights or dried beans and bake at 400°F for 15 minutes.  Let the crust cool and then remove your weights.  Fill the tart shell with your applesauce.  (If you are not making your own and are using a prepared applesauce, you will want to use about a cup and a half of applesauce).




Cinnamon Applesauce Tart | From My Sweet Heart



  • 2 Gala or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 of a cup of packed brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons of melted butter

Combine the melted butter and sugar and toss the apples in this mixture.  Lay the apple slices over the top of the applesauce in a decorative pattern.  Brush the apples with any remaining butter/sugar mix.  Bake at 400°F for another 20 minutes or until the apples are soft and golden.

And of course, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.



Cinnamon Applesauce Tart | From My Sweet Heart


And enjoy every sweet bite!



Cinnamon Applesauce Tart | From My Sweet Heart


What else is on the menu?


Sandra from Sweet Sensations sets a gorgeous Festive Fall Table

Terra from Cafe Terra pours us a fabulous Apple Pie Cocktail with a Twist

Monet from Anecdotes and Apple Cores starts us of with some beautiful Goat Cheese with Herbs de Provence

Dionne from Try Anything Once Culinary also starts us out with some lovely Eggplant Caviar

Amy from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes presents a delicious Roasted Pear Salad and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Jeanne from Inside Nana Bread’s Head delights us with her Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple with Honey & Almond Streusel

Eileen from The Joy of Caking will serve a wonderful Crusted Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chicken

Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake has made an awesome Pumpkin Challah

Sharon & Denise from Be Besty have made some beautiful Onion Rolls


Thank you Eileen for inviting me to such a wonderful event!  I hope everyone will stop by and try everything!



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  1. says

    Anne, apple desserts are some of my favorite…and I’m so glad you saved a slice for me (even though I want the WHOLE pie!). What a delight to sit at the Fall Harvest Dinner table with you tonight!!! xo

  2. says

    Yes, I’ll have another slice! You can bet that’s what I would say and do if I had the chance to actually be at this dinner. This is lovely Anne and I know it tastes as good as it looks.

  3. says

    Hello Anne! This Applesauce Tart is amazing. We can smell the apples and the spices the picture is so vivid. Just perfection. Happy to be a part of this with all these amazing bloggers.

    All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

  4. says

    Anne, I’m really wishing I had a (fairly good sized) slice of this tart sitting here in front of me right now. I haven’t made dessert in awhile and I can’t think of anything that sounds better than this. You always do a wonderful job! Thanks so much for helping host our dinner. It’s been so much fun. I hope we can all get together and do it again sometime.

  5. says

    Anne, Anne…
    You know how I love all things pie/tart. If it comes in a pie crust, I’m sold. Also, I don’t know how many more times I can say “OMG! It’s gorgeous!” without you getting sick of me. (But OMG it’s gorgeous!). One of these days, you and I are going to sit down over a pie and we may never want to get up. PS – Love the quote you picked!

  6. says

    Anne, I love anything with apples especially this time of year. I’d definitely go with the scoop of vanilla ice cream atop a warmed slice of this tart. I’ve got to go now and visit the blogs of the other fall harvest dinner guests.

  7. says

    What a beautiful tart! I have never filled a tart with applesauce and can’t wait to try. My husband adores chocolate but will chose an apple dessert over chocolate every time! No way I am telling him this is easy! :)

  8. says

    “It’s a reflection of yourself and a display of affection and gratitude for your friends.”

    I love that. On top of appreciating the effort that you put into this tart I also love (and I do mean love) apples. This tart is beautiful from the inside and out! I am imagining the fragrance of the apples and cinnamon wafting through the house and tempting my neighbors to come over for a visit!

  9. says

    I think I’m going to be baking this weekend! I have a whole bunch of apples in the garage and this looks like an absolutely wonderful way to use them. I LOVE the looks of this tart! What a great dish to share with friends!

  10. says

    Oh this tart looks so good! I love the homemade applesauce, the spices and thought of the apples all soft and sweet tart are making me drool (doesn’t help that I’m reading this while I’m fasting)

    Delicious. Apples are some of my favourite fall baking fruit.


  11. says

    Oh my word!!!! Apples make me so happy, they scream Fall in every way. Your tart looks amazing, I love all the gorgeous flavors! It is really wonderful to meet you! Such a lovely dessert, and so perfect for our fun dinner! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  12. Anne Boeckl says

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments! And what a wonderful idea, Eileen, to host a virtual dinner party! Looking forward to collaborating with everyone again in the future! : )

  13. Kay says

    Trying this tonight. Looks absolutely delicious. But because I’m trying to cut down on wheat, will make it with a chickpea/cormeal/rice flour crust. Thanks!

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