Torta di Mela – Italian Apple Tart Recipe

Torta di mela (Italian apple tart) with apples, espresso, walnuts and cinnamon

This blog was originally posted on 4th October 2014 and was updated on 22nd October 2020.

Italian cooking is all about seasonality, and what better autumn recipe than a traditional Italian apple tart!

With brown sugar and cinnamon, this Italian apple tart recipe is incredibly comforting and the perfect dessert dish to eat when the leaves start changing colour and the weather becomes cooler! The majority of the apple is embedded into a delicate, buttery dough, and it truly melts in your mouth.

  • Serves: 10
  • Preparation Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 45 mins


  • 4 apples (golden)
  • 250 grams flour
  • 100 grams butter
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1 lemon (grated zest of)
  • 16 grams baking powder (one sachet)
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon


  1. Heat the oven to 200° C.

  2. In a bowl mix sugar with butter to make a creamy mix.

  3. Add the eggs, flour, milk, the lemon zest, a pinch of salt and the baking powder. The dough should be creamy, if it’s too thick just add small amounts of milk.

  4. Peel the apples. Slice 3 ½ and put ONLY the other ½  in small chunks into the pastry.

  5. Pour the mixture into a round baking tin, previously buttered and sprinkled with flour.

  6. On the top of it, place the sliced apples as in a radial. Sprinkle 2 spoons of brown sugar and cinnamon.

  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let the cake cool before slicing.

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