A little heart shaped dessert to share…or not. This warm Apple Tart a La Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce isn’t overly sweet and it’s pretty darn easy to make, making it the perfect dessert for two…or one super selfish person…
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To keep this little dessert simple, we use a pre-made 9″ store bought crust. We love the gluten free, all butter crust from Whole Foods Market, but of course you can use your favorite pie crust. Simply cut crust into the shape of a heart, then layer it with apples cooked in butter and your choice of maple syrup or organic brown sugar, then fold in the edges of the crust and bake!
The Easy Caramel Sauce:
While the tart is in the oven, we add a little cream to the pan with the melted butter butter and warm maple and whisk to create a caramel sauce to drizzle over the ice cream! That’s it! Use your favorite ice cream, or if you are feeling a from scratch vibe you can use our Vanilla Bean No Churn Ice Cream!
The Recipe: Apple Tart a La Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce!
A simple apple tart made with 9" store bought pie crust shaped into a heart! Each crust makes one tart for two to share.
- 1 1 pre-made 9" frozen pie crust, thawed, I use a gluten free all butter crust from Whole Foods Market)
- 1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
- 1/4 cup organic light brown sugar or real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced 1/8"
- 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1-2 Tablespoons walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in center position. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Dust counter with flour
Remove thawed pie crust from pan, if it keeps it's shape just lay it flat on prepared counter, if it doesn't, shape into a ball with your hands and roll dough into an oval shape at least 8" wide
Use a knife to cut into the shape of a heart, set on parchment covered cookie sheet (note: I free hand the heart shape, but you could also fold parchment in half, draw half a heart, cut and unfold, then use as a template...think elementary school days:)
Place heart shaped dough on parchment covered cookie sheet. Set aside.
Set a pan on cooktop on medium heat. Add butter, allow to melt, add brown sugar (or maple syrup) and cinnamon, stir until sugar is melted
Add apples and cook until soft (4-5 minutes)
Use a slotted spoon to remove apple slices leaving as much butter/melted sugar in pan as you can
Arrange apple slices on pie crust, starting on the outer edges and spiraling your way to the center, leaving 1" around the edges bare. Fold the edges over making a bit of a frame around your heart. Bake for about 12 minutes or until pie crust is cooked.
When tart is ready, take out of oven, allow to cool for 4-5 minutes. While tart cools: reheat the butter/sugar mixture remaining in pan on low heat. When melted, add cream to pan and whisk until it turns into a nice caramel. Turn off heat.
After tart has cooled, add a scoop of ice cream to the center of tart, add walnuts, and spoon caramel sauce over ice cream and apples. Serve!
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