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Swiss Apple Tart Recipe. This dreamy creamy apple tart is noting like your average apple tart. It's a flakey crust, studded with with apples, all drenched in a dreamy vanilla custard. Recipe at www.twopurplefigs.com

Swiss Apple Tart Recipe

This Swiss Apple Tart is not your usual Apple Cinnamon Tart. There’s a secret layer of crushed almonds at the bottom of the buttery pie crust and an ultra creamy, luscious vanilla custard is poured over the sliced apples before baking. The result is an elegant fall dessert perfect for the holidays! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine European, Swiss
Keyword apple tart recipe, apple tart with vanilla custard, tart with custard and fruits
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 serving
Calories 338 kcal
Author Mahy



  • 1 recipe Easy Flakey Pie Crust with an extra 2 Tablespoons of sugar added to the flour mixture.


  • 2/3 cup crushed almonds
  • 3 large Ontario Gala Apples sliced thinly
  • 1 x Vanilla Custard recipe below


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • icing sugar optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Roll out your chilled flakey pie crust and place it in a tart pan, making sure to stretch the dough. It has to be as relaxed as possible in the tart pan so it doesn’t shrink during baking.

For the apple and nut filling:

  1. Sprinkle the almonds layer right over the crust.
  2. Take your local Ontario Gala apples and arrange them over the almonds starting away from the centre and gradually moving towards the centre. Fill up all the tart with apples and be as generous as you can. The apples will shrink as they bake so don’t worry about overfilling.

For the custard:

  1. In a large bowl add the eggs and sugar. Whisk them until the eggs are smooth and slightly light in color (not whipped, just well whisked with the sugar). Add in the vanilla and the cornstarch and whisk it well into the eggs too. Gradually add the cream and milk while whisking to make sure the custard is as smooth as possible. If you feel there are lumps of starch, simply strain the custard into a mother bowl and it will be smooth and perfect.


  1. Pour the custard over the arranged apples and bake the apple tart for 40-45 minutes until the crust is golden, custard has puffed and set and apples are tender.
  2. Dust the apple tart with some confectioner sugar, allow it to cool slightly and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • I picked Gala apples today because I love that flavor and texture the most.  Here's an amazing GUIDE to the different types of apples, how each tastes and what best way to use it!
  • Feel free to use hazelnuts instead of almonds for the base.
  • As a shortcut, you can use store-bought pie crust or puff pastry to make this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Swiss Apple Tart Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.