Apple Croustade (Flaky Apple Tart)

Flaky Apple Tart

Flaky Apple Tart

Crisp, paper-thin sheets of phyllo dough wrap and crown tender, brandied apples in this classic French tart.David Yoder

Crisp, paper-thin sheets of phyllo dough wrap and crown tender brandied apples in this classic French tart. See our tips on forming the crust »

Apple Croustade (Flaky Apple Tart)
Crisp, paper-thin sheets of phyllo dough wrap and crown tender brandied apples in this classic French tart.
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 12 cup plus 4 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 14 tsp. kosher salt
  • 6 sweet apples, such as Gala or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges
  • 13 cup Armagnac or another brandy
  • 7 sheets phyllo dough, defrosted if frozen

Instructions

  1. Melt 4 tbsp. butter in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 12 cup granulated sugar, salt, and apples; cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are slightly caramelized, about 20 minutes. Pull pan from heat and add armagnac; carefully ignite with a match. Return to heat and cook until flames subside and liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes; let cool.
  2. Assemble and bake the tart: Heat oven to 425°. Grease a 10" springform pan with butter; set aside. Melt remaining butter in a 1-qt. saucepan; keep warm. Lay 1 sheet phyllo on a work surface; brush with some melted butter and sprinkle with 1 tsp. granulated sugar. Fit into prepared pan, allowing corners of dough to hang over edges. Repeat using 3 more sheets phyllo, laying each sheet at a 45° turn from the last. Spread apples over dough in an even layer. Cut remaining sheets of phyllo in quarters, and, working with 1 piece at a time, pinch at the center and flip over, so that the corners are pulled together and facing up; place over top of tart. Repeat with remaining pieces phyllo until top of tart is covered. Drizzle with remaining melted butter; bake until golden and crisp, about 30 minutes. Let tart cool completely in pan, then unmold and transfer to a serving platter.