Mom’s Apple Tart Recipe with a modern twist


Set oven at 180°C

You Need


22cm tart dish

125g butter, softened

60ml castor sugar

50ml canola oil

1 egg, lightly beaten

500ml cake flour

5ml salt

10ml baking powder

Optional: 5ml ground ginger or cardamom

Optional: 5ml orange or lemon zest, finely grated, added with the egg

You need


Approximately 800g or 3 cups of stewed apples or tinned pie apples

Optional: for a traditional flavour 10ml ground cinnamon mixed with 30ml brown sugar; 50ml dried seedless golden sultanas or raisins

Optional: 15 ml grated fresh ginger

Optional: 15ml orange zest mixed with 150ml dried cranberries

Optional: 50ml dried seedless golden sultanas or raisins that have been soaked in 25ml brandy or warm Rooibos tea (a traditional tea from South Africa; other well flavoured teas such as Earl Grey may be used) ) for about 12 hours.



Cream the butter and castor sugar until it is light and fluffy, beat in the oil.

Sift the dry ingredients.

Add the egg to the creamed mixture with 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture. Beat well. Then add the remaining dry ingredients and mix to form a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into half. Lightly flatten a piece of dough and press it into the base and sides of the pie plate, ensuring and even thickness of about 3mm.

Combine the optional additional ingredients with the apple and spoon it into the unbaked crust.

Take the remaining ball of dough and using a coarse grater, grate it over the apples to form a light, crumbly topping. If the dough sticks to the grater, as it may do in a warm kitchen, just lightly dip the surface some flour.

Bake the tart in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 25 minutes or until the surface is pale golden.

Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

The baked tart freezes very well. If you have a few tart plates or use disposable ones, you can make 2 or more at a time. Allow to cool and place in a plastic bag, draw out the air with a drinking straw and seal. Freeze for up to 6 months. Allow to defrost at room temperature and pop into a 180°C oven for 15-20 minutes to crisp the pastry and warm the filling.