A tray with an apple dessert tart
Photography, Dominique Lafond

Easy Rustic Apple Tart

Only five ingredients are needed to make this simply delicious vegan tart.

I’m not a dessert person, generally speaking, but I’m crazy for apple tart. Flaky pastry and cooked apples…what’s not to like? This is my favourite dessert. –Jean-Philippe Cyr

A tray with an apple dessert tart

Flaky Vegan Apple Tart

Jean-Philippe Cyr's favourite dessert is this vegan tart starring flaky pastry and soft apples.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British, Canadian, English
Servings 6


  • 5 sheets phyllo pastry
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 5 apples cored, peeled and thinly sliced
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a baking sheet with oil.
  • Place 1 sheet of phyllo pastry on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush with oil all over. Top with a second sheet, brush with oil and repeat until all the phyllo is layered and brushed.
  • Fan out the apple slices over the pastry, leaving a 2-inch (5 cm) border all around. Sprinkle the apples with sugar and cinnamon. Fold the pastry border in toward the apples and brush the border with oil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and the apples are tender. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Excerpted from The Buddhist Chef’s Homestyle Cooking by Jean-Philippe Cyr. Copyright © 2023 Jean-Philippe Photographs by Dominique Lafond Cyr. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Pusblisher. All rights reserved.
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