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Maple Glazed Apple Tart

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This Maple Glazed Apple Tart is made from buttery puff pastry baked up with a cream cheese and apple filling for a delicious breakfast dish or dessert.

2 slices of a Maple Glazed Apple Tart on a square white plate

Maple Glazed Apple Tart

I adore apple desserts and I’m certain this tart was first baked up as an after-dinner treat. I’ve served it for brunch numerous times—any excuse for eating it numerous times during the day. Growing up, I wasn’t a fan of maple anything. I credit this with the artificially flavored syrup that donned our table when having French toast, pancakes or waffles for Sunday breakfast. Ick.

I think it was this tart that showed me that maple could be an exquisite flavor, especially paired with apples. This tart is simply glazed with reduced maple syrup. Just 10 minutes or so of simmering concentrates the flavor and thickens the syrup into a delectable glaze.

The combination of flavors and textures makes this maple-glazed apple tart an exquisite dish, whether you choose to serve it at the beginning, middle or end of the day.

Overhead view of glazed apple tart on a red and white napkin

Tips for Working with Puff Pastry

  • Defrost your frozen puff pastry in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
  • While working with your puff pastry, if it gets warm, place it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  • After your dish is assembled, place it into the refrigerator to chill. Puff pastry “puffs” best when it’s cold when placed into a hot oven.
  • Bake in a hot oven. This recipe is baked at 375º.
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Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is all about Apples and is hosted by Liz Berg (me!) who blogs at That Skinny Chick Can Bake. With Autumn’s arrival, it’s the ideal time to start using fall’s harvest in our menus. We have some great ideas this month to use apples in all sorts of dishes from Appetizers to Desserts.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

Maple Glazed Apple Tart

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Maple Glazed Apple Tart - Puff pastry, sweetened cream cheese, apples and a maple glaze make for a spectacular breakfast or dessert

Maple Glazed Apple Tart

A gourmet apple tart with a puff pastry base, cream cheese filling and maple glaze.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 6 servings


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 medium Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 14 ounces Frozen puff pastry, thawed (I used a package of Dufour puff pastry)
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup


  1. Stir together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla till smooth.
  2. Peel, core and slice apples into ¼ inch slices. Toss with 2 tablespoons sugar.
  3. Preheat oven to 375º.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll one sheet of puff pastry to 12 x16 rectangle. From a long side, cut a ⅓ inch wide strip, then cut in half. From a short side, cut two ⅓ inch strips. Set strips aside. Cut remaining rectangle in half to make two 12 x 8 inch pieces. Place one on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Brush outer ⅓ inch of rectangle on baking sheet with egg wash and arrange pastry strips around perimeter of borders, trimming to fit. Spread cream cheese mixture inside borders and top with apples. If pastry gets warm at any time, place it in the refrigerator to chill.
  6. On lightly floured surface roll remaining sheet, if needed to enlarge, so that it covers the apple tart. Cut several diagonal slits down middle of the rectangle.
  7. Brush border edges of the tart with egg wash, then top with the pastry rectangle. Press edges gently to seal. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
  8. Bake 30 minutes, or till puffed and golden.
  9. Simmer maple syrup about 10 minutes to reduce to ⅓ cup. Brush hot glaze over warm tarts. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Adapted from Gourmet.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 668Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 303mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 8g


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38 comments on “Maple Glazed Apple Tart”

  1. This would be wonderful for coffee with Ma, love the addition of cream cheese:@)

  2. Looks so good! And so easy! I must try 🙂

  3. Wow – what a great theme and your tart looks amazing! We have soooo many apples this year and this collection of recipes is a fabulous resource.

  4. This would be terrific for my afternoon tea now :-))

  5. This looks soo much better than a bakery! I’m coming to your place for breakfast!

  6. This is just what I need right now !! It’s just gorgeous!

  7. I love your suggestion – I will certainly enjoy this as a breakfast treat, well I can find an excuse to eat this yummy tart anytime! Love that it’s not complicated to make and quite doable! Thanks for the yummy post!

  8. I love apple and maple together – such a winning combination of flavors! This tart is perfect for fall!

  9. Awesome looking (and tasting I am sure) pastry tart. I particularly like the apple and cream cheese combo. Great idea on the maple glaze too.

  10. Beautiful delicious tart!
    Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve never baked with puff pastry before? I know it’s about time, and tart is really smiling at me 🙂

  11. Hi Liz, you make this tart sound so easy to make. I need to remember to keep puff pastry in the freezer at all times. Looks delicious!

  12. Yummy Liz, this looks scrumptious! I think having a package of puff pastry in the freezer is one of the best tricks you can have up your sleeve. Your beautiful tart is the perfect example!

  13. This is a really yummy looking dessert, Liz. I do love how fluffy the puff pastry looks. And maple and apple are a wonderful combination xx

  14. Lizzy,
    I love maple flavor everything except fake syrup. I have never eaten the fake pancake syrup. I always thought I didn’t like any maple syrup until I tasted real maple syrup several years ago. This tart looks delicious.

  15. That sounds really good! I’ve never tried apple with cream cheese! But I’m it’s going to be great, especially with maple syrup! Thank you for sharing, Liz! 🙂

  16. What a simple and incredibly elegant dessert. Like you, I never liked the pseudo-maple syrup that gets poured over children’s pancakes, but I’ve come to love the “real stuff.” I’ve never concentrated it – that sounds like a great idea.

  17. Just bought some tart crispy McIntosh apples that would be perfect in these delicious tarts!!! Having just gone through all of the sweet goodies I missed, I have to say that this one is my favorite. But then I do love Fall apples!

  18. Oh that looks so good! I wish this was a REAL progressive dinner, I would join in a flash!
    Thanks so much for sharing XX
    Gourmet Getaways

  19. What an awesome apple treat! I love the maple glaze!

  20. That looks delicious. I was looking at puff pastries this past weekend wondering what I could make with them, now I know.

  21. What a lovely tart, Liz! And thank you for giving us permission to enjoy it throughout the day! =) And I get it–artificial maple syrup bears little resemblance to gorgeous real maple syrup. Yum!

  22. Wow! This tart looks terrific, Liz. So deeeelicious with apple and maple goodness. And love they are easy too! YUM!

  23. So delicious! I love apples at this time and year and can imagine having this with a beautiful chai latte for weekend breakfast. Mmmmmm.

  24. This looks wonderful, Liz, ideal for an autumn weekend breakfast. Going to check the other recipes.

  25. Liz, apples are my favorite fruits in fall – I just love, love everything apple, sweet or savory – you name it, I like it. And your tart with apples and cream cheese and maple syrup looks elegant and sounds exactly like the kind of dessert I so enjoy!

  26. That maple glaze is so lovely! Gorgeous apple tart!

  27. This is beautiful Liz. You’re so good at making the lattice work on all your creations. I need to get lessons from you.

  28. This is the ideal dessert for a party! It’s easy, delicious, and looks fabulous. And I love the maple glaze – I hadn’t thought to reduce the maple syrup. GREAT idea!

  29. Apples and maple are two of my favorite fall ingredients. I just love the aroma they both have. So far it has been a fabulous fall here, but it would be more fabulous with a piece of this. Looks great Liz!

  30. Any time of the day and any day of the week these would be welcomed!

  31. Beautiful tart! I love how easy frozen puff pastry is to work with.

  32. I don’t know if I’d want to “progress” to another house after tasting your tart, Liz =) BTW High quality maple syrup changed my mind about the lovely topping, too =)

  33. Another spectacular dessert Liz – you constantly amaze me! Brava!!

  34. Absolutely beautiful tart. This will be perfect for a fall picnic or any day for breakfast. Its really gorgeous.

  35. I love this type of pastry with my coffee in the mornings, and I like how simply this comes together. I’m definitely adding this to my to-try list while I have apples galore!

  36. I just love this so much. You had me with the sweetened cream cheese and puff pastry and then hooked me for sure with the apples! Beautiful and delicious.

  37. What a stunning tart – I love the maple glaze!

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