Caramelized Apple Tart

You know,
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect.
A time
To give thanks.

Well ladies and gentlemen, get ready to give thanks for your new favorite fancy dessert.

Yes, that’s right, we’re rolling out a classy French Apple Tart for our Thanksgiving feast this year and we think you should as well.
Don’t worry about making excuses to your non-GF dinner guests, just serve this and watch their mouths drop.

There are three pieces to make for the tart:
Filling (Frangipane)
Caramelized Apples
Don’t let the steps freak you out. All three components can be made a few days in advance and kept in the fridge if you want to space things out.

You can make this with just about any fruit you’ve got sitting around.
We made a variation with fresh plums from the local farmer’s market and really, it could not have been lovelier

But in deference to the autumnal apple abundance we present to you this final, gluten free, dairy free, Caramelized Apple Tart.

Free of Gluten, Dairy, Processed Sugar, Corn, and Soy.
Frangipane adapted from Anita Chu,


  • 2/3 cup Sorghum Flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Tapioca Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 2/3 cup Powdered Palm Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening

Frangipane (Filling)

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 2/3 cup Granulated Palm Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Almond Meal
  • 2 teaspoons Rice Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Arrowroot
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Caramelized Apples

  • 3 Apples (Granny Smith or Fuji)
  • 1 cup Granulated Palm Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Milk
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Get Busy

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Begin with the crust! In a food processor buzz together all the dry ingredients for the crust.
  3. Add the vegetable shortening in spoonfuls and pulse the mixture until it resembles sand.
  4. Dump the mixture into a 10 inch tart pan and press it into place using your fingers and/or a fork. Make sure to push the crust up the sides!
  5. Bake this for 15-20 minutes, or until light brown and toasted.
  6. Allow the crust to cool while you make the frangipane!
  7. In a food processor, buzz together the coconut oil and palm sugar.
  8. Add the almond meal, rice flour and arrowroot and pulse until well blended.
  9. Add the egg and egg white and blend until smooth, about one minute.
  10. Add the almond and vanilla extracts and pulse until combined.
  11. Set this aside and get started on the caramelized apples.
  12. In a saute pan over medium-low heat, stir the sugar and coconut milk. Let it bubble and thicken slightly, about 5 minutes.
  13. Add the apples, lemon juice and cinnamon and cook until syrupy over medium heat. The apples should be soft but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Set this aside.
  14. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  15. Get started with the assembly line! Spread the frangipane into the cooled tart shell. Arrange the apples however you like (fancy or floozy, it all tastes the same). Slide the completed tart into the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the frangipane rises slightly and is golden all over.

Prep. Time: 2 hours
Baking Time: 45 minutes, divided
Yield: 1 10 inch tart