Flavourful apples are one kind of fruit you can find any time of year. Kelly’s apple tart is a great dessert to make for friends and perfect to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is great on its own, but you can serve it with a dollop of crème fraîche, vanilla ice cream or clotted cream.


For the pastry:

  • 175g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 100g unsalted butter (chilled and cubed)
  • 1-2 tbsp iced water, or more, if needed

For the filling:

  • 6 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
  • 100g unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 100g plain flour, 50g porridge oats
  • 50g granulated sugar, 35g dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp salt

Making the Pastry Crust

  1. Sift dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Add the butter; then with your fingertips, rub together with the flour until the mixture resembles coarse sand; alternatively, you can blend ingredients together with a pastry cutter
  3. Add the water 1 tbsp at a time just until the dough comes together
  4. Gather dough into ball, flatten into a disk and wrap in cling film; refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  5. Roll out the dough between sheets of cling film to fill a 23cm tin and press lightly into place

Making the Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C / 170° C Fan / Gas 5
  2. Fill the tart shell with the the prepared apple slices
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients together quickly with your fingertips and pour over the top, pressing the mixture over the apples by hand
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes, until the apples are bubbling and the crumb mixture is a deep golden brown

BK Tips

  • Add 50g chopped walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds to the topping for extra crunch
  • Use a ready-rolled all butter shortcrust as an easy, time-saving substitute for a homemade crust