These impressive apple pastries truly are easier than pie.  Use a premade pie crust and you’ll have your tartlets in the oven in less than ten minutes after peeling the apples.

Just roll and cut out the pie crust pile apple slices in the center and fold over the edges. A quick brush of egg creates a burnished golden top.

At our class, we served these warm with a drizzle of cinnamon or vanilla cream syrup and a scoop of ice cream. Our attendees loved these pastries.

Rustic Apple Tartlet Pastries

This recipe makes six nice-sized tartlets, four to five inches across.


  • 1 pie crust
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 3 small apples
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Turbinado sugar as needed for topping
  • Ice cream (optional)
  • Cream syrup (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  1. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Roll out the pie crust and cut into six 6-inch circles.
  3. Peel, core, and cut the apples into wedges. Place in a large bowl with the lemon juice and sprinkle with the cinnamon and 1/4 cup of the sugar and toss.
  4. Place about 1/2 of an apple in the center of each crust circle. Leaving enough room on the edges to fold the dough over the apples.  It’s best to lay out all 6 circles and divide the apple pieces on the circles. If it’s too hard to get the dough to stay, just remove some of the apples.
  5. Brush some water on edge of each circle. Fold the edges over the filling, making pleats as you go. You may have extra apples, they are good to eat just like that as a snack or you can make more crust for more tartlets.
  6. Brush the top of the pastries with the egg. Sprinkle each with some sugar.
  7. Bake until the crusts are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm with cream syrup and ice cream.

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