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Tarte Normande Recipe - French Apple Tart with Custard

Tarte Normande recipe: Easy and delicious. Yummy apples baked in a flaky crust and topped with custard. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar the last few minutes.

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword apple tart, authentic, baking, cream, custard, Normandy
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 8 servings
Calories 289 kcal



  • 3 apples (Crispin, Golden Delicious or Granny Smith)
  • 1 lemon juiced ( for coating the apples with some water to prevent browning)


  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pinch nutmeg optional
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon sugar (½ Tbsp Sugar & ½ Tbsp Cinnamon)
  • 2 Tbsp butter salted, cold, cut into pieces


  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 7 Tbsp butter unsalted, cold, cut into pieces
  • 2 ½ Tbsp iced water


  1. For the dough: In a food processor place the flour, salt and unsalted butter. Pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the iced water. Mix until the mixture forms a ball. Remove from food processor, dust with a little flour and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350'F.
  3. Roll our the dough on a floured surface. The dough should measure about 10".
  4. Place dough in a 10" tart pan with a removable bottom.  I like to gently fold the dough and slice the removable bottom under the dough and drop it into the tart pan. 

  5. Peel apples and cut into thick slices (about ½"). Arrange in concentric circles around the dough.

To make the custard:

  1. Beat two eggs, add vanilla, sour cream, and heavy cream. Whisk thoroughly and pour over the apples.
  2. Bake for about 30 minutes, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and top with pieces of butter. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

  3. *You can also top it with toasted slivered almonds at this time.
  4. To make sure it is done, insert a cake tester into the custard.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I make this tart crust dough in advance and freeze it? Yes, and there are a couple ways to do it. The first way would be to roll out the dough and press it into the tart pan. You can freeze this for up to three months wrapped in foil and then placed in a tightly sealed container or freezer bag. Remove the frozen tart shell from the freezer, fill then bake. Add about three minutes to the bake time if baking the tart shell from a frozen state. You don’t have to thaw the tart shell before filling and baking. The second way to freeze the dough is before it is rolled out and is still a flat disc. Wrap the disc with foil and seal it in a freezer bag or container. Thaw it out in the refrigerator for several hours before rolling it out and baking. For best results use the dough within three months.
  • How long can I store the finished tart? It is best to eat this tart fresh baked. It will last for 3 days in the refrigerator but the crust will start to get a bit softer. Wrap the tart with foil or plastic wrap while in the refrigerator.
  • Can I freeze the finished tart? No, since this tart contains dairy in the custard it does not freeze well. The texture of the dairy will not be good and it may separate when thawed.
  • Can I reheat the tart in the oven when taking it from the refrigerator? Yes, preheat the oven to 200°F and heat for 15-30 minutes until warm in the center. A smaller portion will take less time. If half of the tart is left, it will take less time to heat up the center. Take out your ice cream while you wait to get it soft for scooping.
Nutrition Facts
Tarte Normande Recipe - French Apple Tart with Custard
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 285mg12%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 10.3mg12%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.