This vegan puff pastry apple tart has just 5 ingredients. It’s easy, delicious and perfect for fall!
This recipe is:
- Simple to make
There’s so many great apple desserts. Apple crisp, apple pie, apple strudel… What we love about this apple tart is that it is one of the simplest vegan apple desserts you can make!
This recipe is based on a traditional French pastry - tarte fine aux pommes, which translates as thin apple tart. It’s a simple staple at patisseries and home kitchens in France.
It’s so easy to make - the trickiest thing about baking this tart is slicing the apples!
Here’s what you’ll need to bake this puff pastry apple tart:
Puff pastry - Many brands are accidentally vegan, but check the ingredients to be sure. Pepperidge Farm puff pastry is a good one to look for.
Apples - Choose crisp apples that won’t go mushy when baked. Varieties such as Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Braeburn are excellent options.
Vegan butter - We like Flora Plant butter, but you can choose any stick or block form of vegan butter that you prefer.
Sugar - We use vegan or organic certified regular sugar.
Apricot preserves or jam - This makes the shiny and sweet glaze that covers the baked tart.
Step by step pictures
Here's how to make this vegan apple tart with puff pastry. Full detailed recipe and quantities are in the recipe card at the end of the post.
Step 1 - Place the puff pastry on a lined baking sheet and score a border around the edge.
Step 2 - Core, optionally peel, and finely slice the apples.
Step 3 - Arrange the apples on the pastry.
Step 4 - Melt the vegan butter and sugar together and brush this mixture on top of the apples and pastry.
Step 5 - Bake the tart at 400℉ / 200℃ for 30-40 minutes.
Step 6 - Make the glaze and brush it over the tart.
Top tip! For the most beautiful looking tart, choose apples that are round and similar in size. This way the slices will be even and easier to arrange neatly.
Substitutions and variations
Instead of apricot preserves / jam you can use another seedless jelly. Apple jelly would be the best alternative.
If you would like to add some spices, you can sprinkle up to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon on the apples, or experiment with other spices that go great with apples such as cardamon, nutmeg, or ginger.
You can also replace the apples with firm pears to make a vegan pear tart.
Delicious served warm fresh soon after baking.
It's delightful served simply on its own, or with a scoop of vegan ice cream for a more rich dessert.
This apple tart is best enjoyed fresh on the day it is made, when the pastry is still crisp.
If you have leftovers, then store them covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can warm the tart again in the oven at 200℉ / 100℃ for around 10 minutes to refresh the pastry.
It’s up to you! If you don’t like the texture of the cooked peel, then peel the apple before slicing them. We often use organic apples and leave the peel on.
The easiest way to stop the apple from browning whilst you work is to submerge them in water after peeling or slicing them. We use a bowl with a small plate on top. You can add a squeeze of lemon juice to the water if you have it.
Vegan Puff Pastry Apple Tart
- If your puff pastry sheet is frozen, defrost it according to the package instructions.
- Peel, core and very finely slice the apples (around ⅛ inch thick) with a sharp knife or mandoline. To keep the apples from browning you can submerge them in a bowl of water while you slice.4 medium apples
- Spread the pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and use a sharp knife to score a border inside the edge of pastry.1 sheet (270 g) puff pastry
- Arrange the apple slices overlapping on the pastry, leaving the border uncovered.
- In a small pan, melt together the vegan butter and the sugar.With a silicone pastry brush, spread the melted butter and sugar all over the top of the apple slices.2 tablespoons vegan butter, 2 tablespoons sugar
- Bake at 400℉ / 200℃ for 30-40 minutes until the apples start to brown and the pastry is golden.
- Remove from the oven and let the tart cool down for 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, make the glaze by adding boiling water to the apricot preserves or jam until it reaches a thin spreadable consistency.With a silicone pastry brush, spread the glaze over the apples.2 tablespoons apricot preserves or jam