Recipe Box: My Easy Apple Tarts

Recipe Box: My Easy Apple Tarts

Ever since I started baking, a classic apple pie has been my go-to dessert. Whenever I host a dinner party you can find a warm, homemade apple pie baking in my oven. A few months ago I used my go-to apple pie recipe and tweaked it a bit to make these pretty, rosette apple tarts and they were a huge hit.

I love the idea of making individual desserts for dinner parties. Instead of everyone having to take a slice of cake or pie, it’s nice to serve your guests a dessert of their own. And not only do these tiny tarts look pretty, but they also taste great. They also happen to be the perfect dessert to make for Thanksgiving dinner.

Here’s how to make my easy apple tarts… 

My Easy Apple Tarts

Makes 6 mini pies

Ingredients:

For the pies:

  • about 9 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated Sugar
  • my special caramel sauce (recipe below)
  • pie crust (this is my favorite pie crust recipe. If you don’t want to use shortening, you can use butter. Shortening just makes for a flakier crust.)

For the caramel sauce:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Recipe Box: My Easy Apple Tarts

Instructions:

For the caramel sauce:

  1. Melt butter in saucepan, then add flour to form a paste.
  2. Add your water and sugar and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn heat down and simmer for about 10 minutes. You want the sugars to melted in and not be grainy anymore, but you don’t want to turn this into a dark caramel sauce.

For the pies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Wrap in plastic and put them in the fridge for an hour.
  3. Peel, core and thinly slice your apples. Mix apples slices, sugars and cinnamon all together in a bowl.
  4. Roll out your pie dough circles and add your pie dough into mini pie tins.
  5. Starting from the outside working your way in, arrange your apples so that they’re overlapping each other a little to create a rose effect. Once you get to the very center, take an thin apple slice and fold it into a little round in the center. (Try to pick a softer slice so it’s easy to bend into a circle.)
  6. Pour caramel sauce over the apple slices. In the oven this will caramelize and turn the pie into a nice golden brown.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until the juices are bubbling.

Recipe Box: My Easy Apple Tarts

And there you have it! It’s as easy as pie… literally.

Do you have any favorite apple recipes?

What will you be making for dessert on Thanksgiving?

Click here to submit your best recipe and I just might feature it right here on the blog.

Happy baking!

XO Lauren

Photos: Yoni Goldberg for LaurenConrad.com
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