Bilbo's Apple-Tart


How to make Bilbo's Apple-Tart from The Hobbit |

Name: Bilbo's Apple-Tart

Inspired by: The Hobbit

Serving Size: one 9" pie

Secret Ingredient: Raspberry jam

"And raspberry jam and apple-tart." - Bifur

Chef's Note

Bifur had it right. Apple-tarts are excellent with raspberry jam.


Making the Tart Dough

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 6 tablespoons cold water


  1. Blend in oil thoroughly with fork.
  2. Sprinkle the water all over the mixture and mix well.
  3. Press dough firmly into a ball. If dough is too dry, add a bit more oil.
  4. Roll out between wax paper into a 14-inch circle.
  5. Lay pie crust in pie dish or baking sheet.

Making the Tart Filling

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 4-6 apples: cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh citrus juice (e.g., lemon)
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cold water


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add brown sugar and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
  3. Stir, cooking for two minutes or until all of the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Stir in apple pieces, juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Reduce heat and cover. Cook for 20 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Completing the Tart


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Arrange cooled apples in a spiral pattern in the center of the dough.
  3. Pinch or fold the edges of dough toward the center.
  4. Brush dough with 1 teaspoon ice water, and sprinkle evenly with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Cut into wedges, and serve warm with raspberry jam and black tea.

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