Recipes: Julia Child’s Tarte aux Pommes

Thanksgiving Apple Pie

Note, this is my first ever pie! Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I thought it would be fun to bake a “French” Apple Pie so I used Julie Child’s Tarte aux Pommes recipe. I didn’t tell my guests that this way my first pie until after they ate it but I will tell you it got rave reviews. My Dad’s favorite dessert is apple pie so I will be making this again this Thanksgiving but my friends were the taste testers last week. It was super easy to make so here you go courtesy of Julia Child’s you make Frenchify your Thanksgiving! I used a Emile Henry pie dish to bake the pie and it really helped keep everything evenly cooked. 


10 inch partially cooked pastry shell

4 pounds cooking apples (I got mine from Trader Joes)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/3 cup apricot jam ( I used bonne maman

1/3 cup calvados, rum, cognac or 1 teaspoon vanilla ( I used vanilla)

2/3 granulated sugar for topping 

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Quarter, core, and peel the apples. Cut enough to make 3 cups into 1/8-inch lengthwise slices and toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice and sugar. Reserve them for the top of the tart.

  2. Cut the rest of the apples into rough slices. You should have about 8 cups. Place in a pan and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.

  3. Beat in apricot jam, Calvados, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Raise heat and boil, stirring, until applesauce is thick enough to hold in a mass in the spoon.

  4. Spread the applesauce in the pastry shell. Cover with a neat, closely overlapping layer of sliced apples arranged in concentric circles.

  5. Bake in upper third of preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the apples have browned lightly and are tender. Slide the tart onto a serving dish and paint over it with a light coating of apricot glaze. I served mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

french apple pie

What are your Thanksgiving Day traditions? Who will you be spending the holiday with? 

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