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Brown Butter Apple Tart

This Brown Butter Apple Tart is the perfect fall dessert. The crust is flaky and buttery, while the filling is packed with juicy apples and a hint of warm cinnamon. The brown butter adds a nutty and rich flavor to the entire dish.

90% would make again
Brown Butter Apple Tart


for 8 servings


  • 1 ¼ cups flour (155 g)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup cold butter (110 g), cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup water (60 mL), ice


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar (200 g)
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup flour (65 g)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 green apples, thinly sliced

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 551
  • Fat 37g
  • Carbs 48g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 25g
  • Protein 6g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Crust: Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times to mix. Add in butter and pulse a few times to break the butter down into pebble-size pieces. With the food processor running, drizzle in ice water. The dough should stick together when pressed between your fingers. (If dough doesn’t stick together, add more water 1 tablespoon at a time.)
  2. Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap. Dump dough onto the plastic wrap and shape into a disc. Cover tightly with the plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC).
  4. Generously spray a 9 or 10 inch (23 or 25 cm) tart pan with nonstick spray. On a floured surface, roll out the pie crust into a circle that is 2–3 inches (5-7.5 cm) bigger than your tart. Lift crust into the tart pan and press against the sides of the pan. Trim the edges of the dough so that it is level with the top of the pan.
  5. Filling: Whisk eggs, sugar, McCormick Vanilla Extract, and salt in a medium bowl, then set aside.
  6. Place butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Let butter completely melt and foam, stirring occasionally. Keep stirring as the foaming subsides and the butter begins to brown. Once butter browns, quickly transfer to a bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. Whisk browned butter into the egg mixture. Whisk in flour and lemon zest.
  7. Arrange sliced apples in a spiral pattern on the pie crust. Pour custard over apples, until custard reaches ½ inch (1 ¼ cm) below the top of crust (if using a 9-inch (23 cm) pan, you will have a little custard left over).
  8. Place in oven and bake for 50 minutes (cover with foil if the top starts browning too much, or until custard is set).
  9. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
  10. Enjoy!
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Brown Butter Apple Tart