Apple Gruyére Tart



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This Apple Gruyére Tart is an easy and impressive appetizer. It can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes since it uses store-bought puff pastry. Serve it with my Easy Apple Cobbler and a scoop of ice cream for the perfect fall dinner.

Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions and Pancetta

I love this tart!

Imagine biting into a tart where the buttery crust crumbles, giving way to a layer of thinly sliced, tender apples, their natural sweetness heightened by a touch of sugar and cinnamon. Then comes the Gruyere, melted and bubbly, its complex flavor elevating the humble apple to new heights. This gourmet apple tart with gruyere cheese isn’t just food; it’s an experience—a celebration of how contrasting flavors can create a harmonious and unforgettable dish.

To enhance your dining experience, pair this tart with a simple yet elegant endive prosciutto gratin, offering a delightful balance of bitterness and richness.

Scoring the dough.

Sweet and Savory Apple Tart for Entertaining

There’s something about the sweet and savory apple tart for entertaining that makes it a perfect centerpiece for any gathering. Whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a sophisticated soiree, this tart, with its layered flavors and rustic charm, is sure to impress. The combination of Gruyere cheese flavor and baking with apples results in a dish that is as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye.

To complement your tart, consider serving a light delicata kale salad on the side, or finish the meal with a sweet note of chewy chai snickerdoodles.

Ingredients for tart.

Tips & Tricks

  • Thinly Slice Your Apples: Ensure your apples are thinly and evenly sliced for the perfect texture in every bite.
  • Season Wisely: A sprinkle of fresh thyme or rosemary can add a wonderful herbal note to the tart.
  • Bake to Perfection: Keep an eye on the tart while baking to achieve that golden, crispy crust without overcooking the apples.
  • Cheese Distribution: Spread the GruyREere evenly for a consistent flavor experience in every slice.
  • Presentation is Key: Garnish with a few fresh apple slices or a sprinkle of cheese before serving for an extra touch of elegance.
Filling added.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different type of cheese for this tart?

Certainly! While Gruyere is recommended for its unique flavor, feel free to experiment with other cheeses like Cheddar or Brie.

What apple varieties work best for this tart?

Firm, slightly tart apples like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp are ideal, as they hold their shape and offer a good flavor balance.

Can I prepare this tart ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the tart a day in advance and bake it just before serving.

Is puff pastry a good option for this tart?

Absolutely! Puff pastry tarts add a delightful flakiness to the dish.

Can this tart be served at room temperature?

Yes, it can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature, making it perfect for gatherings.

Apples and caramelized onions on top of tart.
Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions and Pancetta

Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions and Pancetta

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Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions and Pancetta

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 3 – 4 servings
Elevate your tart game with our Fancy Apple Gruyère Tart – a recipe that blends elegance with coziness!


  • 1 yellow onion, sliced (or you can use store-bought caramelized onions or onion jam)
  • 2 ounces pancetta, cooked until crispy
  • Flour, for rolling out the puff pastry
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted in the fridge
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 apple, I used fancy pearl apples but honey crisp, gala or pink lady would be great, cut into sliced
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 beaten large egg, for egg wash
  • 1/2 cup arugula microgreens or just regular arugula, for topping
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt


  • Do a bit of prep by caramelizing the onions, in a small skillet over medium-low heat, stirring regularly, about 30 minutes. You could also buy caramelized onions or onion jam.
  • Cook up the pancetta in a small skillet until crispy and evenly browned. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly flour your work surface. Unfold the puff pastry (mine was a rectangle, yours might be a circle!) and roll it out with a rolling pin until it’s a bit thinner in height. Transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Using a knife, score a 1/2-inch perimeter onto the puff pastry, all the way around. Poke a bunch of holes in the center, too.
  • Add the creme fraiche mixture to the center and smother all around until there’s an even layer.
  • Add the apple slices, caramelized onions, thyme leaves, Gruyere and pancetta. Brush the edges with the egg wash.
  • Transfer the tart to the freezer for 5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
  • While the tart is in the oven, toss the arugula with a teaspoon of olive oil and a few pinches of salt. Top the tart with the arugula once it comes out of the oven. Slice up and serve!


Serving: 3g | Calories: 769kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 666IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 391mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine: French
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  1. This tart is my spirit animal. Spirit tart? It is perfect in every way and I want the entire thing to myself. (PS I love love spying Year of Cozy at all the cutest places!!! Like a paper goods shop on Abbot Kinney … Burro? Yay)

    1. Yes, they’re added raw. And if you use a nice crisp apple and slice it thinly, you should be good to go! Mine wasn’t soggy.

  2. PINK PEARL APPLES! 😀 Got those in my Farm box last month. SO GOOD! And I agree, they give you heart eyes ’cause they’re so pretty. I’ll have to see if I can snag some more to make this. Woo!