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Apple Custard Tart

  • 35 m
  • 1 h 30 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“Pureed low-fat cottage cheese and reduced-fat cream cheese turns into a rich-tasting—but low-fat—custard in this fall favorite.”


    • Crust
    • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
    • ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • Filling
    • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
    • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3 medium apples, such as Golden Delicious
    • ⅓ cup low-fat cottage cheese
    • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Pinch of salt


  • 1 To make crust: Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom with cooking spray.
  • 2 Spread oats in a pie pan; bake until toasted, 7 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Process in a food processor until finely ground.
  • 3 Stir together ground oats, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Drizzle oil onto dry ingredients and mix with a fork or your fingers until crumbly. Use a fork to stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together.
  • 4 Turn the dough out onto a floured surface; knead 7 to 8 times. Roll dough out into an 11-inch circle. Transfer the dough to prepared pan, pressing to fit. Trim edges. Prick bottom of the crust in a few places with a fork and line with foil or parchment paper. Fill with pie weights, dry beans or rice.
  • 5 Bake crust until firm, 8 to 12 minutes. Remove foil or parchment and weights; cool on a wire rack.
  • 6 To make filling: Mix 3 tablespoons sugar, lemon zest and juice and cinnamon in a bowl. Peel, core and cut apples lengthwise into 12 wedges each, tossing the apples in sugar mixture as you work. Arrange the apples in a single layer in prebaked crust and drizzle with any liquid from bowl. Place pan on a baking sheet and bake until the apples are tender but still hold their shape, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • 7 Meanwhile, puree cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add cream cheese, egg, vanilla, salt and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar; process until smooth. Pour over the apples.
  • 8 Bake the tart until custard is set, 15 to 20 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.
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