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Spiced apple-cherry phyllo tart

Total Time
57 min
25 min
32 min
Delight your friends and family with this striking dessert. Dramatic to the eye and palate, this rustic tart features a light and flaky phyllo dough crust. Apples and dried cherries make a wonderful tender and warming filling with eye-catching colors. Soaking the cherries in orange juice allows them to plump before they are baked, making the final product juicier. Cardamom and cinnamon play a central roll in the flavoring. Sweet and warming at the same time, these flavors marry well and delight the senses. Ready in just under an hour, this dessert is a wonderful treat during the holidays or served at a brunch buffet as the sweet dish.


Dried cherries

cup(s), chopped

Orange juice

¼ cup(s)

Granny Smith apple

3 small, peeled, thinly sliced

Dark brown sugar

3 Tbsp

Ground cinnamon

¼ tsp

Ground cardamom


Ground ginger


Phyllo dough

8 sheet(s), 3.2 oz, defrosted


4 tsp

Cooking spray

8 spray(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cherries and orange juice; microwave until heated through and cherries soften, 2 minutes. Pour cherry mixture into a medium bowl; stir in apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
  3. Place a sheet of phyllo on prepared pan, coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp sugar; repeat with remaining crust ingredients to form 8 layers.
  4. Spread apple filling in center of crust; roll phyllo edges up so they form a 1-inch border (use damp fingers to seal pyhllo corners so they stay in place). Bake until apples are soft and phyllo is crispy and brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve.
  5. Serving size: 1 piece.


Use cooking shears or a pizza cutter to slice the tart cleanly. Sprinkle tart with a pinch of cinnamon before serving, if desired.