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Hidden Rose Apple Tart Recipe

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some Hidden Rose apples, you will surely need to make this Hidden Rose Apple Tart.

HIdden Rose Apple Tart

Hidden Rose apple tart – made with pretty pink Hidden Rose apples.

Hidden Rose apples are simply stunning. When you slice through their pale green exterior, you’ll discover a deep rose-pink flesh. These apples need to be on display. And what better way to display them than to make a pretty rose apple tart?

The key to a rose apple tart is to keep the slices thin. Then you just keep overlapping and overlapping them until you have a beautiful rose inside your tart shell. It sounds pretty straightforward because it is!

Hidden Rose Apple Tart

A beautiful rose apple tart made from Hidden Rose apples, adapted from a New York Times recipe by Yossi Arefi

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple tart, dessert, hidden rose apple
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8


For the crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 10 tbps cold butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp ice-cold water

For the filling

  • 3 Hidden Rose (pink-fleshed) apples
  • spritz lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp butter

For the glaze

  • 2 tbsp seedless raspberry jam or cherry jam, strained or large pieces removed
  • 1 tbsp water


For the crust

  1. Mix the flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and almond extracts and continue mixing until well blended. Add the two tablespoons of water (more if needed), so that the mixture is slightly crumbly but holds together when pressed.

  2. Grease a 9-inch fluted tart pan (with removable bottom) with butter. Press the dough into the tart pan, making sure to press well all the way around the circle so that it is not too thick at the edge. Place the tart in the freezer for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove the tart from the freezer, cover it with foil, and bake it for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Press down any parts of the crust that have puffed up. Set aside.

For the filling

  1. Slice the apples into quarters, and core and peel them. Carefully slice each apple quarter into 1/8-inch slices (using a mandoline slicer may be helpful). Give them a spritz of lemon juice to keep them from browning while you work.

  2. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour over the tart crust. Then slowly begin to build an apple spiral, starting from the outside and working toward the center. Each slice should overlap about halfway over the one before it. Continue working, making sure there are no gaps between the apples, until you reach the center. At the center, roll up very thin slices into a tight circle. (Alternatively, you can top with a heart-shaped slice of apple.) Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour over the tart.

  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. The apples should be soft and the sugar should be melted. If the tart crust gets too dark while you are baking it, cover the edges with foil.

For the glaze

  1. Mix together the jam and the water. Using a pastry brush, spread the glaze over the top of the tart. Serve immediately (or at room temperature).

Creating a Rose Tart

So let’s look at how they get laid out. You’re going to start from the outside of the circle and work your way in, overlapping each piece halfway on top of the one before it.

layering apples

At the center of the circle, you can either close them in to make a tight circle, or you can use a little cut-out apple heart like this one to top it all off. Then sprinkle the rest of the sugar on top and you’re ready to bake.

The tart just before baking

Then you just pop it in the oven…and voila! The perfect Hidden Rose apple tart.

Hidden Rose Apple Tart

If you’re looking to buy some Hidden Rose apples, Specialty Produce has a map where people pinpoint places that they have spotted Hidden Rose apples for sale. You can also ask your produce manager (they are distributed by Dragonberry Produce of Clackamas, OR). Other red- or pink-fleshed varieties to look for include the Kissabel apple and the Pink Pearl apple.

Love pink apples? Try these Apple Roses with Hidden Rose Apples, or this Hidden Rose Apple Surprise Cake.

Blogger disclosure: We received Hidden Rose apples to sample from Specialty Produce. We did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are our own. This post contains links to our Amazon affiliates page.

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