Our Family French Apple Torte

This past weekend was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s a time for reflection over the past year and celebrating what’s to come in the coming year. Apples and honey are typically eaten during the festivities, which is great given it’s apple picking season!

I pick my apples at the local farmer’s market these days in Florida rather from the orchards since we’re so far South now. But this cake doesn’t care where the apples come from! It’s a beautiful take on a traditional French Apple Torte and tastes exceptional this time of year!

I love using my homemade apple butter, which is beyond easy to make. But you can also use store-bought or apple jelly. Those would be yummy, too. Oh, and definitely don’t forget a scoop of ice cream on top! That’s the best part. 🙂

Happy New Year, to those who celebrate!

Our Family French Apple Torte

  • Servings: 8 slices
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1 stick (room temperature) + 1 tablespoon (melted) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large golden delicious apples, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup apple butter, for glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place 1 stick of butter of room temperature butter in a mixer and whip until creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Next, add sugar and eggs, one at a time, and mix until just combined. Add flour and baking powder and mix until just combined (don’t over mix!).
  3. Using the 1 tablespoon of butter, grease an 11-inch round tin all around bottom and sides. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over and shake pan around until bottom is covered. img_4567
  4. Add the dough on top of the graham cracker base and spread it with a spatula. The dough will be VERY sticky – you can also wet your hands and press the dough down with your fingers.
  5. Place apple slices on dough in a circular pattern until all the dough is covered.
  6. Bake 45 minutes, or until edges start to lightly brown. Let it cool slightly.img_4588
  7. Mix cinnamon and apple butter together and brush the mixture over the apples. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

This recipe is originally from our family recipe book. It’s been altered a LOT over the years. 🙂

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