♥ Apple and Salted Caramel Tart Fine ♥

Last Friday was the February Irish Foodies cookalong and of course the theme this  month had to be Food for Romance/Loved Ones.   This was a perfect excuse to make what is fast becoming one of our favourite desserts in this house – a very tasty little tart that I first saw on Gordon Ramsay’s F Word.  I tweaked it just slightly by adding a smear of  salted caramel between the pastry and apples which produces a tart that is crispy and flaky and deliciously chewy all at once.  Like a lot of things I like to cook it is amazingly quick and very simple but yet looks like you have made a real effort, so it is perfect whether you are planning a cosy little dinner à deux or a get-together with loved ones.  If you are cooking for more than two then you can of  course make smaller tarts and get three from each roll of pastry and once they are brushed with melted butter they will keep for an hour or so until ready for cooking

To serve 2:

  • Ready rolled puff pastry
  • 2 tablespoons of salted caramel (I used Marks & Spencers)
  • 2 firm apples (like Granny Smith or Pink Lady)
  • 1 large tablespoon of butter, melted
  • 2 large pinches of brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 180ºC.

Using a small bowl or plate cut two circles out from the sheet of pastry, place on a lightly greased baking sheet (brushed with melted butter) and prick the pastry all over with a fork to prevent the pastry from rising when cooking.  Spread a tablespoon of salted caramel around the middle of each tart base.

 

Peel the apples, cut in half down through the core and carefully removed the core as neatly as you can (preferably use a corer before halving the apple).  Then with the apple cut side down carefully cut the apple in to thin slices which should resemble half moons.

Lay the apple slices on the pastry in a circle, neatly overlapping each slice until all of the pastry has been covered.  The tips of the apples should reach the edge of the pastry.

 

Gently brush the apples and any exposed bits of pastry with the melted butter, sprinkle with brown sugar and place in the hot oven for around 30 minutes until nice and golden.  Remove, dust with icing sugar and serve with cream or vanilla ice-cream.

 

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Comments

  1. You had me at salted caramel! These look incredible – good choice for the cookalong!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I’m going to look out for that salted caramel stuff too..

  3. Where did you get that salted caramel? I want it!
    The tarts look so good and I can imagine that salted caramel plus apples makes for a delicious combo.

    • From Marks & Spencer!! Very yummy. I had some that I bought in France that got used up fairly quickly and then Like Mam Used to Bake told me that M&S had it! Sent from the Gods 🙂

  4. They look super yummy, right up Mr. Boo’s street. Will have to make them for him. I still have that jar of caramel for you btw. Must remember to take it from the press and pop in the post. 🙂

    • What is it with men and tarts? 🙂 Mr Glutton loves appley things and is rather taken with these I must say. A nice super cheaty dessert always comes in handy. Ah you’re so good but I really don’t want you to go to any trouble x

  5. This dessert is on my list for this weekend. The salted carmel is pretty easy to make. I have a good, tried and tested recipe if you need.

    • Oh brill! I’m planning to make it this weekend again too… 🙂 Would love the recipe please – have never tried making it.

    • Salted Caramel

      Ingredients

      75g of glucose
      75g of sugar
      60g of salted butter
      3.8g of salt
      75 ml whole milk
      90 ml whipping course

      Method

      Cook everything except wiping cream until it reaches the colour you want add the cream little by little and leave to cool down.

      Glucose powder can be purchased in most supermarkets, known a brewing sugar.

  6. Wow, they look gorgeous! And so delicate. Will definitely give these a go soon.

  7. alright, definitely making this this weekend

  8. Dear Gluttonyforbeginners, I just recently discovered your blog through the Beaut.ie one. It is such a feast, I love it. I made these tarts over the weekend and they are just so delicious, mine didn’t look quite as neat, but I can work on that! Thank you.

    • Hello Praline – welcome 🙂 delighted you tried them out and enjoyed them. I always say when things look a little rustic it just shows that it’s homemade 😉 Thanks so much for nice words.

  9. Love the sound of that. Salted caramel is one of my favourite things but I only seem to eat it with chocolate. Great idea

    • Hi Sarah, I am a recent convert to salted caramel and love it! If I thought I could get away with it I’d put it in my porridge each morning too 🙂 thanks for comment.

  10. Oh my! This look amazing yet sound so simple. I’m preparing a totally food-blog enspired dinner party and these will make a perfect dessert.

    In the interest of being fully prepared I may have to make some tester pies tonight- how awful!

  11. I made this last night and it’s delicious. Now mine didn’t look as pretty a that but I think it takes a go to get the knack of fanning the apple out.

    Went down a storm so thank you!

    • Hi Lottie – wow that dinner sounds like fun and delighted you picked these tarts for dessert 🙂 So happy you liked them – they are rather scrummy aren’t they? I’m chuffed now – thanks so much for the comments x

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