Indulge in the delightful flavors of autumn with this rustic fruit tart. The buttery and flaky crust is filled with a combination of seasonal fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries, creating a sweet and tangy filling. This beautiful tart is perfect for family gatherings or as a dessert for any fall occasion. Follow this easy recipe and impress your loved ones with this delicious treat.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
- 1/4 cup ice water
- 2 cups mixed autumn fruits (apples, pears, cranberries), sliced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar (optional, for sprinkling)
- Vanilla ice cream (optional, for serving)
- In a food processor, combine flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Add the cold butter pieces and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gradually add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until the dough comes together. Do not overmix.
- Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a bowl, combine the sliced fruits, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Toss until the fruits are well coated.
- On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a circle, approximately 12 inches in diameter.
- Transfer the rolled-out dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Arrange the fruit mixture in the center of the dough, leaving a border of about 2 inches.
- Fold the edges of the dough over the fruits, overlapping as necessary.
- Brush the edges of the dough with the beaten egg for a shiny finish.
- Optional: Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the crust for added crunch.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the fruits are tender.
- Remove from the oven and let the tart cool for a few minutes before serving.
- Serve warm or at room temperature, optionally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Rustic tarts are known for their free-form shape and casual, homemade appearance.
Autumn fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries are rich in antioxidants and fiber, making this tart a healthier dessert option.
The combination of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg adds warmth and depth to the tart's flavor, perfect for chilly fall evenings.
You can customize the fruit filling based on your preferences or what's in season. Try adding figs, plums, or even persimmons for a unique twist!
This tart can be made in advance and reheated for a few minutes in the oven before serving.
Leftover tart can be stored in the refrigerator and enjoyed for up to 3 days, although it's best when consumed fresh.