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Food Network stars' favorite Christmas recipes

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What's your favorite Christmas recipe?

We asked some of our favorite Food Network stars to share their all-time best Christmas recipes. Here Aarti Sequeira, Melissa d'Arabian and Anne Burrell talk about their favorite Christmas foods that will hopefully help inspire you to create some new Christmas food traditions of your own!

Melissa d'ArabianWhat's your favorite Christmas recipe?

Host of Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners, season 4 premieres 1/9 at 12:30pm ET/PT

Favorite Christmas Recipe: Quick Apple Cinnamon Tart

"Nothing says the holidays like the smell of a freshly-baked apple tart with a buttery homemade crust, and I've created a version that takes ten minutes to pull together and get into the oven (and that includes the homemade crust!)."

Quick Apple Cinnamon Tart Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian


  • 1 stick butter, cut into 1-inch cubes, plus extra, melted, for brushing tart
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Place cubed butter in freezer while you assemble all your ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a small food processor, combine flour, a pinch of salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Add the butter from the freezer and pulse until mixture looks like wet sand. Add the cold water and pulse again until dough just begins to come together in a large lump. Pour the contents of the food processor into a 10-inch tart pan and, using your fingers, press the crust into pan, forming a crust. Refrigerate the crust while you prepare the apples.
  4. Peel the apples, cut into quarters, core them roughly and then slice them thinly. Place them in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, the remaining 1 Tablespoon of sugar, the cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Remove the crust from the refrigerator and dump the apples onto the crust, spreading them evenly. Brush the whole tart with melted butter and bake until tart is golden and apples have cooked down a fair amount, about 1 hour. Cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.


Yield: 6 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Inactive cook time: 10 minutes

Ease of preparation: easy


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