With crisp apples in abundance, it’s time for my take on the classic French apple tart: a spectacular salted caramel apple tart! Thinly sliced fresh apples are nestled in homemade salted caramel sauce and tucked between two layers of all-butter pastry. Recipe makes one 9-inch tart.
Topped with a golden lattice (my nod to the classic homemade apple pie), this easy apple tart is a must bake after a fall weekend of apple picking or for your Thanksgiving table.
Butter, sugar, and heat make magic as the tart bakes until golden brown and bubbly, with tender apple slices. Serve warm with a drizzle of caramel sauce and scoops of vanilla ice cream for fall apple bliss!
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What are the best apples for tarts?
Whenever I bake homemade apple desserts, I like to use a mix of apple varieties for the best flavor. Sweet apple varieties like Fuji and Honeycrisp pair well with tart varieties like Granny Smith apples. Pro tip: Be sure to use firm apples that hold up well in the oven.
How to Assemble the Apple Tart
To assemble the tart, spread a layer of salted caramel sauce across the bottom of the tart shell. Slice the apples very thinly (about 1/8-inch thick) and arrange tightly over the caramel layer.
Once the apples are snug in the tart shell, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Add the lattice, arranging dough strips over the tart and weaving into a lattice pattern. Run your rolling pin across the top of the tart to seal the edges and remove excess dough, then chill assembled tart in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Bake Caramel Apple Tart
Just before baking, brush lattice top with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake the tart at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes, until the lattice is golden and the filling is bubbling.
Cool tart on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving with remaining salted caramel sauce.
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The BEST salted caramel apple tart! Serve slices of this easy apple tart with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream for fall apple bliss!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature and cubed
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 5–6 medium to large baking apples, cored and very thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- Make crust: Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Add cubed butter and process for 10 seconds, just until the mixture resembles coarse meal. With the food processor running, add 1/4 cup ice water in a steady stream through feed tube. If needed, add additional ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, and process just until dough holds together in large clumps (no more than 30 seconds). Divide dough into two equal portions. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap and flatten slightly to form a disc. Chill pie dough in the refrigerator at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days, or place in a freezer bag and freeze up to 1 month).
- Make salted caramel sauce: Cook sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a heat-resistant spatula. Continue cooking until sugar forms clumps and melts into a light amber colored liquid, about 4-5 minutes. Once the sugar is completely melted, carefully add butter a few pieces at a time, whisking constantly until incorporated. Slowly drizzle in heavy cream while whisking constantly. Let mixture boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and pour into a glass bowl. Stir in vanilla and salt. Let cool to room temperature, then chill until ready to use.
- Roll out dough: Spray a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan lightly with nonstick spray. Place one disc of dough on a floured board and dust dough with flour. Roll out dough (roll dough in one direction, then lift up dough and rotate a quarter turn and roll, then repeat) until dough is a 12 to 13-inch circle. If dough starts to stick, use a bench scraper to lift dough from board. Transfer dough to prepared tart pan, lightly pressing down into the bottom and sides of the pan. Run the rolling pin over the top of the tart pan to remove the excess dough, and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Repeat the rolling process with the second disc of dough. Use a pastry wheel or sharp knife to cut dough into 1 1/2-inch strips for the lattice top.
- Assemble tart: Spread 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup salted caramel sauce into the chilled tart shell (enough to evenly coat the bottom; you should have leftover caramel sauce for serving). Add sliced apples to the tart pan, arranging tightly together. Brush apples with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Arrange dough strips over the top in a lattice pattern and run the rolling pin over the top of the pan to seal the edges and remove the excess dough. Chill assembled tart in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and place a rimmed baking sheet in the middle of the oven. Brush lattice with cream and sprinkle with sugar; place tart on preheated baking sheet.
- Bake tart for 50 to 60 minutes, rotating the pan halfway, until pastry is golden and juices bubbling. Cool tart on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving with remaining salted caramel sauce.
- Wrap up leftovers in foil and refrigerate overnight. Re-warm in the oven (325°F) for 15 minutes or until heated through before serving.
Salted caramel sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated. Before using, warm sauce briefly in the microwave and stir until smooth, then let cool to room temperature before using. Store extra caramel sauce covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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