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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Caramel Apple Tarts

Bizzy Bakes

Caramel Apple Tarts

Caramel Apples will be all over the fall scene with the great taste of them appealing to many taste buds. This delicious dessert I found at My Pantry Shelf is a dessert that to me says fall all over it
Makes 6- 4 1/2 inch tarts or one 10 inch tart

the Crust

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a food processor, mix the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut the butter into 1/2 inch cubes and drop into the running processor. Pulse until butter is slightly smaller than a pea. Add egg and pulse again until mixed. Dough should cling to itself when pressed together, but still be fairly dry. If it needs a little more moisture, drizzle in 1-2 T ice water while machine is running. Do not over-process. Remove dough from food processor, form a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
Divide dough into six equal pieces. Roll into a round. Firmly press dough into tart pans and trim edge. Pierce base of each thoroughly with fork. Put trays on a baking sheet. Freeze for 30 minutes. (Do not make my mistake and try to pierce dough after freezing- it’s not easy)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake crusts until golden brown, approximately 25 minutes. (Keep an eye on them. They may cook faster or slower depending on the thickness of the dough and your oven). Cool on a rack completely before assembling. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool completely then store in an air tight container at room temperature).

the Caramel

3 cups sugar

1 cup water
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Pour the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Stir to wet the sugar. Place on medium low heat long enough to completely melt the sugar. Once the sugar is melted (solution will be clear), turn the heat up to medium high. Simmer, without stirring, until the solution turns deep brown. Swirl pan periodically to mix. To test the color, dip a spoon in the solution and put a few drops on a white plate. Be very careful not to burn the solution!
When you have the color you desire, remove the pot from heat. Let it cool a few minutes. Carefully pour in the cream. The mixture will bubble up. Stir until mixture is homogenous. If the sugar seizes up, place the pot back on the stove and heat gently while stirring. The sugar will melt and you should be able to get a smooth sauce again. Add salt and stir. Pour sauce into clean jars. Cover, cool, and place in the refrigerator. Use within a month.

Note: The sauce will solidify in the refrigerator. To serve, warm gently in a microwave or in a bowl of warm water. Once warm, pour sauce over ice cream or dip fruit in it.

the Crumb Topping:
6 Tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Blend flour, butter, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or fork until it is in tiny flour/sugar covered clumps. Mix in the pecans. (Can be made ahead and refrigerated).

the Filling:
1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (or half Granny Smith, half Golden Delicious)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Whisk brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside. Saute apples in butter until they begin to soften. Add sugar/ cornstarch mix and continue cooking until bubbly. Add vanilla and whiskey. Cook until liquid begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Set aside, cover, and cool.

Spoon 1-2 Tablespoons of caramel sauce over the base of each tart shell. Divide the apple mixture into each tart, leaving most of the liquid behind. Top with the crumb topping. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the juices are bubbling up and the topping is beginning to brown. Cool on a rack 5 minutes. Gently remove from tart pans. Cool 10 more minutes on the rack. Serve with ice cream and a drizzle of caramel. Yum!

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  1. Nothing puts me in the mood for fall more than apple desserts. This one really looks delicious! I love it! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  2. YUM! These look delicious! We'd love for you to share these at Seasonal Inspiration Saturdays!

  3. How do you put apple and caramel in the same sentence and not expect us to be banging on your door. What a wonderful treat.

    Thanks for sharing it with Bake with Bizzy.


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