apple pies with cardamom

Small apple pies with cardamom

I love a really good apple pie such a grandma’s apple pie here. It’s lucious and delicious and served warm with whipped cream, it can’t get any better.

These little apple pies with cardamom are a one person treat. Well if you make all 6 of them I wouldn’t recommend eating them all but you get where I am going at. I love the taste of cardamom and it makes this little apples pies super fragrant and the taste so different from what you’re used to.

Delicious apple pies with cardamom

Serve with cream

The good thing is that you don’t actually need to make dough for these tarts. They are a mix between a frangipane cake and a real apple pie. It helps to slice the apples super thin as that will bake them more evenly. Also a good idea to arrange them like you see in the photos with the slices up right. It’s not necessary but it does make sure that all the apple slices get an even amount of heat in these apple pies.

I love to serve them with a big dollop of whipped cream and they are possibly even better when served hot.

One thing on the recipe. You can use a pestle and mortar or you can choose to use ground cardamom. If you do, use less of the cardamom. The ground version can be quite potent and you don’t want the flavor of the cardamom to overpower the apple completely. It needs to be subtle. I would probably go for around 1 tsp max for the ground cardamom if using.

appel kardamom taartjes

Small apple pies with cardamom

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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes

6 people


  • 6 small cake tins 10 cm in diameter
  • pestle and mortar


  • 150 gr butter
  • 150 gr sugar
  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • 150 gr flour
  • 8 gr baking powder
  • 15 cardamom pods
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 large apples

  • Let the butter get to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C (350˚F). Put the flour and baking powder together and put through a sieve.
    150 gr flour, 8 gr baking powder
  • Open the cardamom pods (if they won’t open easily give them a soft thud with the pestle) and remove the black seeds from the pods. Grind the seeds in the pestle and mortar.
    15 cardamom pods
  • Whisk the butter with the sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs one by one. Add the flour a little bit at the time. Then add half of the ground cardamom.
    150 gr butter, 3 tbsp of sugar, 3 eggs, 15 cardamom pods
  • Fill little caketins or one large one with the batter. Peel the apples and cut them into thin slices. Put each slight into the batter like they are standing up (look at the photo for the effect you want to achieve)
    3 large apples
  • Mix the remaining 3 tbsp of sugar with the rest of the cardamom. Sprinkle over the cake or cakes, put into the oven until golden and well done. (around 20-30 minutes)
    150 gr sugar


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist