Caramelized apple tarts recipe
Caramelized apple tarts are a classic dessert that can be enjoyed by everyone. This recipe is a combination of sweet and tart flavors, with a crispy crust and soft, caramelized apple filling. The tarts are easy to make, and are perfect for a family dinner or an elegant dinner party.
For the crust:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
- 3-4 tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
- 4 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt for the crust. Add the cubed butter, and use a pastry blender or your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle the ice water over the dough a tablespoon at a time, and mix with a fork until the dough comes together in a ball. Flatten the ball into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Use a round cookie cutter or a glass to cut out circles of dough, and press them into a greased muffin tin.
- To make the filling, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced apples, and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but still hold their shape.
- Add the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the skillet, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the mixture has thickened and caramelized.
- Spoon the apple filling into the prepared crusts, filling each one about 3/4 full.
- Bake the tarts for about 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Allow the tarts to cool slightly before removing them from the muffin tin.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Tips and Variations
- If you don’t have a muffin tin, you can make one large tart instead of individual tarts.
- You can also experiment with different types of apples for the filling, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady.
- If you want to save time, you can use store-bought pie crust instead of making your own.
- If you want to make the tarts ahead of time, you can bake them and then reheat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes before serving.
- You can also add a drizzle of caramel sauce or sprinkle of chopped nuts on top for extra flavor.