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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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

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

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


  • 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 of sugar.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375º.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll one sheet of puff pastry into 12 x16 rectangle. From a long side, cut a ⅓-inch wide strip, then cut it in half. From a short side, cut two ⅓-inch strips. Set strips aside.
  5. Cut the remaining rectangle in half to make two 12 x 8-inch pieces. Place one on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Brush the outer ⅓ inch of the rectangle on a baking sheet with egg wash and arrange pastry strips around the perimeter of borders, trimming to fit. Spread cream cheese mixture inside borders and top with apples. If the pastry gets warm at any time, place it in the refrigerator to chill.
  7. On a lightly floured surface roll the remaining sheet, if needed to enlarge, so that it covers the apple tart. Cut several diagonal slits down the middle of the rectangle.
  8. Brush the 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 the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, or till puffed and golden.
  10. Simmer maple syrup for 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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