The Art of the Tart: How to Make a Beautiful Apple Tart

Once baked, the "rose" effect is enhanced by lighter and darker areas of caramelization.Todd Coleman

Making a beautiful French apple tart like this one is easier than you might think. It all comes down to a simple slicing technique—one that cookbook author and TV personality Sara Moulton learned during her time at New York's La Tulipe restaurant in the 1980s—in which uniform apple slices are fanned out in spirals that mimic the petals of a rose. Here's how she does it.