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Caramel Apple Tartlets: An Elegant Fall Dessert

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These Caramel Apple Tartlets are a great Autumn baking project because they’re packed with flavorful apples and topped with delicious caramel!

Let’s talk about Halloween decorations for a second. Now I’m a huge fan of Halloween. October 1st marks the beginning of the best three months of the year for me. I also enjoy decorating for the holidays, so Halloween is the ideal time to embrace all things spooky, strange, and slightly creepy.

Now I’m not going to be one of those people who has a million Christmas lights that are all synced to music. Even for me, that’s a little much. A fog machine, on the other hand, for Halloween? I’ve given it some thought. And what about a projector for spooky scenes? I had considered it as well. It’s done!

I posted this delicious recipe for homemade Devil’s Food Cake last year, and I mentioned in that post that I had purchased a video projector to create some spooky scenes in our front yard. That really did happen! The original plan was to hang a sheer sheet in the front yard and then project images onto it with the projector.

I’ve seen videos on the internet, and they look fantastic! The issue is that rain and electronics don’t get along. As a result, I did the next best thing… That sheer curtain was hung in the front window of the house by me. Isn’t it thrilling to look up and see a ghost floating by the front window?

Caramel Apple Tartlets

Aside from Halloween decorating, baking is my next favorite fall activity. Who am I kidding, who am I kidding? Baking is one of my favorite things to do all year! Apples are my favorite fruit. Caramel is one of my favorite flavors. However, the sum of the two is clearly greater than the sum of the individual parts.

I went into the kitchen this past weekend with the vague intention of making a caramel apple pie. However, I made an audible and substituted “mini” tartlets for the pie. (I say mini because I used a large muffin tin for this recipe.) For dessert, Laura and I decided to split the tartlets in half.)

To make these Caramel Apple Tartlets, I cooked the best apples filling as usual, then topped a 6′′ round circle of pie dough with a scoop of the filling. To help the tartlets keep their shape, I used an oversized muffin tin (affiliate link), and then poured some caramel sauce on top. It’s that simple. And let me tell you, these tartlets were gone in no time!

I highly recommend these Caramel Apple Tartlets if you’re looking for a fantastic Autumn baking project! I highly recommend checking out the AtmosFX website if you’re looking for a fantastic Halloween decorating project.

On their blog, they have some really great ideas. Maybe when we don’t have a four-year-old and two puppies, I’ll take on a project like that. For the time being, I’m content to make a batch of these caramel apple tartlets recipe!

Caramel Apple Tartlets Full Recipe

Ingredients of Caramel Apple Tartlets Full Recipe

For the Dough

2 cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup unsalted butter cut into cubes

3 Tbsp brown sugar

¾ tsp salt

3 Tbsp water or vodka

For the Apples

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

3 pounds apples peeled, cored and sliced (~5-6 large apples)

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp salt

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp lemon juice

For the Caramel

1 14-oz. package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped

1 5-oz. can evaporated milk

Instructions of Caramel Apple Tartlets Full Recipe

For the Dough

  • Using a food processor, add the flour, butter, brown sugar and salt. Pulse several times until a crumbly mixture forms.
  • Add 2-3 Tbsp of water (or vodka); pulse until dough comes together in a ball.
  • Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour. (Note: Dough can be made the day before and refrigerated overnight.)

In case you are looking for a food processor, here’s what I recommend you!

For the Filling

  • Using a large, deep skillet, add butter and place over medium-high heat.
  • Once butter has melted, add apples, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and salt; stir until well combined. Let cook for 5-7 minutes, or until apples have begun to soften.
  • Add flour and cornstarch; stir until well combined. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 more minutes.
  • Transfer apples into a large bowl. Add lemon juice; stir until well combined. Let mixture cool completely (~30 minutes).

For the Caramel

  • Using a medium saucepan, add caramels and evaporated milk. Place over low heat and cook, stirring often, until mixture is smooth.

Are you looking for a saucepan? Here’s what I recommend you!

For the Tartlets

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Working on a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of dough into a 6” circle.
  • Place ~½ cup of apple filling into center of each circle, but leave ~1½” of dough on all edges. Fold edges of dough towards the center.
  • Place each tartlet into a jumbo muffin tin.
  • Pour caramel into the center of each tartlet.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until edges of tartlets are golden brown.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  • {Optional} Serve pies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on side.

Looking for a great oven? This one will be a great choice!

Notes of Caramel Apple Tartlets Full Recipe

These caramel apple tartlets can be made in a regular 12-cup muffin tin. However, the dough should be divided into 12 pieces and then each piece should be rolled into a 4” circle. The filling in each tartlet should be reduced to ~¼ cup as well.


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