Apple pie has that trademark blend of cinnamon and allspice and maybe some clove or nutmeg. Apple tart is just apple and sugar.  The absence of all of these additional spices, I think, gives apple tarts a sort of light and refreshing feel.  Or maybe it’s just easier to convince yourself that your dessert is basically a fruit because the apples are so much more visible in an apple tart than they are in an apple pie.

I had always assumed fruit tarts were hard to make because they look so fancy, until I tried making one and learned that, actually, they’re about as simple as a homemade dessert can get. The ratio of effort to fanciness here is definitely favorable. Apple tarts are easier to make than apple pies and –...Read On →