This apple-marzipan tart with almond crust is a delicious and beautiful way to enjoy Fall apples. And, it’s simpler than it looks because you make the almond flour crust and creamy almond paste layers in the food processor.
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (at room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 2 tablespoons water (stirred together and allowed to gel for 5 minutes)
Almond-paste “marzipan” filling
- ⅓ cup water + 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 cup almond meal
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil (at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup gluten-free 1:1 flour (such as King Arthur)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 4–6 medium Jonathan or Granny Smith apples (about 1 ¼ pounds)
- 3 tablespoons blueberry (or other) honey, divided
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting, to taste
For the crust
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9″ tart or springform pan. Cut a circle of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan and place it inside.
- In a food processor bowl, add the almond flour, salt and the coconut oil and pulse to blend.
- Add the flax/water mixture and pulse until the dough gathers into a ball (see note 1).
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared tart pan. Press the mixture evenly across the base, then use your fingers to press it up the sides partway.
- Prick the base of the crust all over with a fork to prevent it from bubbling up.
- Bake for 10 minutes, until it’s just starting to turn golden at the edges. Set aside.
For the marzipan filling
- Mix the ground flaxseeds and water in a small bowl and set aside to gel.
- In the same food processor as you used for the crust, combine the almond meal, coconut sugar, coconut oil, almond extract, lemon juice and 1:1 GF flour, and blend into a paste.
- Pour in the flaxseed mixture and pulse to combine until it forms a loose ball.
- Remove the almond paste ball from the food processor and gently flatten the dough across the crust as evenly as you can. Don’t press too much sideways, because it could lift the crust. If you don’t use all the filling, cover and refrigerate until ready to use, and freeze if you don’t use it all within 5 days. If you have refrigerated it, let it come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before pressing it into the pan.
- It makes a rather thick layer of filling, but for a 9-inch springform pan it is about the right balance with the apples.
For the apples
- Cut the apples from their cores and slice them ⅛ to ¼″ thick. Transfer the slices to a medium mixing bowl and add a mixture of 1 tablespoon of the honey, the lemon juice and cinnamon. Toss until the mixture is evenly distributed.
- Arrange the apple slices across the base however you’d like, overlapping them as much as possible. Reserve the honey/lemon mixture at the bottom of the bowl for brushing the apples later.
- Bake the tart (still at 350 degrees F) for 25 minutes, then remove it from the oven and gently brush the remaining honey/lemon mixture over the apples. Return the tart to the oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until the apples are very tender and the crust is deeply golden around the edges. While the tart is still hot, gently brush the remaining 2 tablespoons honey over the apples.
- Let the tart cool for at least 15 minutes. If you like, sprinkle a little extra cinnamon over the top. If you used a tart pan with a removable bottom, remove the sides. Use a sharp knife to slice the tart into even wedges and serve.
This recipe is very mildly sweet – it will possibly not be sweet enough for all eaters. Taste the marzipan filling before pressing it into the pan just in case, especially if your apples are more tart than sweet, as in the case of Granny Smith.
Keywords: apple tart, marzipan filling, homemade marzipan, low sugar, almond flour crust, vegan, gluten-free, food processor