Chef Chuck's Apple Torta with Pastry Cream

Torta di Mele con Crema Pasticciera

A different approach to the usual apple pie. This apple torta has a unique pastry crust, sweet pastry cream and tart granny smith apples tossed in brown sugar, honey and cinnamon. Just in time for the Fall season, a warm and comforting apple dessert.

Apple Torta with Pastry Cream


3 tablespoons whole milk
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons butter
pinch of salt
1/2 cup flour
3 eggs

In a small pot heat milk, water, butter and salt till it boils. Remove from heat stir in flour place back on low heat for 10 seconds. Place in a mixer bowl and cool for 7 minutes, beat in one egg at a time and mix on high for 1 minute till it all comes together. Butter a 9 inch round pan and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

1 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 egg yolks
pinch of salt
3 tablespoon flour

3 ounces sugar

Heat 3/4 cup of milk and vanilla till almost boiling. Whisk egg yolks for one minute, add salt, flour, sugar and a 1/4 cup milk. Add to warm milk mixture, cook for about 2 minutes, stirring till cream thickens. Remove from heat, pour in a bowl and cool. When cake is cool spread cream over pastry and refrigerate.

3 granny smith apples
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Cut apples into thin slices, in a bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and toss apples. Add vanilla, honey, and lemon juice and mix to coat all apples. In a large frying pan heat butter add apples and cook with lid on for 5 minutes. Cool and place on top of cream, refrigerate.


  1. Mmmm that apple torta looks delish!! :) it smells like apple season!

  2. Hello Chocolate Freckles! I love that name:)
    Your right the fall season is here, let's take advantage of it!!
    Thank you~

  3. What a delightful idea to toss the apples in brown sugar. I've always known to just do it in regular granulated sugar but I bet the brown gives it the perfect caramelization. Wonderful idea and the sweet pastry cream must have been out of this world.
    Always a pleasure to come visit your blog.

  4. Hello Bridgett, My friend! So true more caramelization ~ Yes, the cream on top of that, may I say Heaven!!
    Thank you ;)

  5. I love making apple pies and cakes all autumn and winter long and this is another great recipe! Beautiful! Love the pastry cream in this.

  6. Hi Jamie, I agree "Autumn Apples" taste so well!!
    Thank you for your comment:)

  7. It is always such a pleasure to visit your blog, and I greatly appreciate seeing you post on the beauty of Italian baking which is relatively unknown by others....I will most definitely prepare this treat!

  8. Hello bella (roz) You are so kind, and thank you for enjoying my recipes!

  9. A perfect Autumn dessert! I love this Chuck--looks scrumptious!

  10. Hello Yankeesoaper! So glad you like:)
    Thank you and take care.