Stunning Rose Apple Tart Recipe

Rose apple tart is an elegant, gorgeous, delicious fall dessert! As we come to the conclusion of Oktoberfest, it’s only right to cap off the weekend with a stunning rose apple tart recipe, in honor of the scrumptious German apple desserts that are part of this celebration!Rose Apple Tart | A buttery crust filled with cinnamon spiced applesauce and topped with apple roses

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Rose Apple Tart

I’ve toyed with making apple roses in the past, but I’ve always wanted to cover a tart with these edible flowers. Haunted by memories of an apple pie my mom baked up with the skins still on every slice, I hesitated before deciding not to peel my fruit. The color of the peel is essential to the beauty of this tart. And with paper thin slices and a more mature palate, I was pleased with both the taste and appearance of this marvelous tart.Rose Apple Tart | A buttery crust filled with cinnamon spiced applesauce and topped with apple roses


Oktoberfest is the longest running beer festival and traveling fair held each year in Germany. This festival runs from mid-September to the first weekend in October. Here in the states, many love to celebrate their German heritage with Oktoberfest gatherings. German dishes and beer are musts for the menu. This week the Sunday Supper crew is making favorite German  or German-inspired recipes in honor of Oktoberfest!

Appetizers (Vorspeisen)

Breakfast (Frühstück)

Condiments (Würze)

Dessert (Nachtisch)

Main Dish (Hauptgericht)

Side Dish (Beigabe)

Rose Apple Tart | A buttery crust filled with cinnamon spiced applesauce and topped with apple roses

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Serves 1 tart     adjust servings

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 48 mins
Total Time 1 hr 33 mins

Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Normandy Apple Tart, topped with apple roses instead of apple slices



    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 9 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1 egg yolk, whisked to break yolk


    • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    Rose Topping

    • 2-3 apples (I used 1 Golden Delicious and 1 Honeycrisp), quartered, cored and sliced almost paper thin
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • Juice of half a lemon
    • 2-3 tablespoons apricot jam whisked with 1-1 1/2 teaspoons water


    1. Add flour, powdered sugar, and salt to a food processor and pulse to combine. Sprinkle the cold butter over the flour mixture and pulse till the mixture resembles cornmeal with a few larger pieces of butter. Add egg yolk and pulse using long 10 second pulses until mixture comes together.
    2. Knead crust a bit, then pat into a greased 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.
    3. Freeze crust 30 minutes.
    4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and cover crust with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, press down the bottom of the tart lightly with a spoon if necessary. Return to oven and bake 8 more minutes. Cool.
    5. Make applesauce by placing apples, water, and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Cook on medium-low, stirring frequently until apples are soft, about 20-30 minutes. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Mash or puree to desired consistency. I left my applesauce slightly chunky. Cool, then spread into the tart shell. Set aside.
    6. To make apple roses, make a simple syrup by heating the water with 1 cup of sugar. Stir and cook until sugar dissolves. Add the lemon juice.
    7. Using a mandolin or a benriner, slice the apples almost paper thin.Place sliced apples into simple syrup as you go so they don't oxidize and brown. Make sure the slices are covered with syrup.
    8. When all the apples are sliced, make the roses.
    9. On a flat surface, line up 6-8 slices of apple (use the same color for each rose) with all the peel sides facing the same way. Slowly roll up each line of apples, holding the edges as you go, until a spiral is formed. Place on a plate, flat side down, and continue making more roses until most of the apples are used.
    10. To finish the tart, gently push the roses into the applesauce, arranging so most of the surface is covered.
    11. Melt the jam with the water in the microwave (20-30 seconds), then whisk to combine. With a pastry brush, gently glaze the roses with jam. Refrigerate until serving time.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 3838kcal Calories from fat 1006
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 112g172%
    Saturated Fat 67g335%
    Transfat 4g
    Cholesterol 421mg140%
    Sodium 668mg28%
    Carbohydrate 701g234%
    Dietary Fiber 43g172%
    Sugars 491g
    Protein 28g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    Rose Apple Tart | A buttery crust filled with cinnamon spiced applesauce and topped with apple roses

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    1. Oh my goodness, Liz. Gorgeous is how I describe most of your desserts…but this is beyond! Hope I can achieve those apple roses by 2017 =) I confess the mandolin scares me a bit and stays in the closet.

    2. That’s so pretty! Well done, Liz.

    3. Your apple roses are absolutely stunning, this makes such a great dessert to serve guests.

    4. This sounds delicious and looks gorgeous!

    5. That tart is stunning!!!

    6. Oh that just turned out gorgeous Liz, and I like the German twist/honor to apple desserts. I have yet to attempt this. great work!

    7. The homemade applesauce sounds delightful and I can’t get over the beauty of those roses!

    8. Such a gorgeous tart Liz!! Those rose apples are so so cute. Definitely sharing!

    9. Your posts are always beautiful, Liz, but I think you’ve set a record with this one! That pie is absolutely stunning!

    10. This has to be the prettiest apple tart I have ever seen!

    11. Just gorgeous, the color is perfect! Nettie

    12. Oh how pretty! I’ve made singular roses from apples for baked apples, but never thought of doing this throughout. Thanks!

    13. Kristen Chidsey says:

      Such a beautiful presentation Liz! Impressive as always.

    14. That looks beautiful Liz! I could just look at it! Great recipe too

    15. I saw this on Facebook and Instagram and was in awe! I just love how sophisticated this dessert looks. I’m definitely making this for thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, my family will love it.

    16. This is such a show-stopping dessert! It’s almost too pretty to eat! (Almost…)

    17. This tart is beautiful and I bet that it taste as delicious as it looks.

    18. What a beauty, Liz! Love those apple roses!

    19. Wow, how beautiful and so clever!

    20. Gorgeous swirls of apples! This tart is an absolutely stunning dessert! So perfect for the end of Oktoberfest.

    21. I’ve always wanted to try apple roses but I always doubt that I will have the time to make it :). This is an eye pleaser recipe indeed and I am sure i is delish as well.

    22. Gorgeous! Very creative!

    23. What a gorgeous dessert! Absolutely stunning!

    24. I love those little apple roses. Just gorgeous.

    25. I’ve been wanting to make apple roses, but I’m scared to try! I need to conquer the fear!

    26. This is simply stunning! I don’t know if I’d have the patience to make these roses, but it’s worth a try if I could make something as gorgeous as this 🙂

    27. Must, must MUST make this!

    28. WOW! Absolutely breathtaking!!!!

    29. Your mandolin has been working overtime. This is one of those beautiful desserts that is almost too pretty to eat. However, knowing that you made it makes it too irresistible not to eat.


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