Apple Tart with Salted Caramel Glaze

by simplylife on November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving morning, I woke-up nice and relaxed knowing I had the day off without anything planned except eating, a bit of baking and a lot of catching-up with friends.

After a morning run, reading a few blogs and catching-up on the news, I was shocked when somehow the clock hit 11am.  I hadn’t even thought about baking the dessert we would be bringing for our Thanksgiving meal in less than 2 hours and figured it was probably a good time to at least preheat the oven.

As I attempted to get the process started, I encountered Problem #1: I forgot to defrost the puff pastry.  So I unwrapped the delicate dough from its package and placed it directly in the sunlight while I got working on the rest of the recipe.

After about 40 minutes, the dough was ready.  I spread it out, carefully placed it in a sheet pan and started placing the apple slices on top.  Then I realized Problem #2: I forget to peel the apple.  Oops.  When it comes to baked desserts, I know the apples should always be peeled.  Sometimes, I forget skip this step when I’m baking just for my husband and I, but I knew I shouldn’t take any shortcuts for Thanksgiving.

So I enlisted my kind (and patient) husband to help.  As he peeled the skin from each individual apple slice, I gently placed them on the dough.

The pan went into the oven and I started to think that maybe I wouldn’t mess-up dessert after all.

It was then onto the next step: making the Salted Caramel Glaze.  Yup, you guessed it.  Problem #3: The heavy cream I just bought a few days before had already expired.  I admit, I opened the container, took a whiff, didn’t notice a funky smell and thought to myself, “it’s only 2 tablespoons; I’m sure it will be fine.”  But then I decided I also didn’t want to risk making everyone sick on Thanksgiving day.

So my (did I mention patient?) husband ran out to the store to get heavy cream.  Of course, it was Thanksgiving day at about 12pm so the first two stores he went to were closed.  The next store he went to only had Light Cream and he wasn’t sure if that would be okay, so he bought it just incase and headed to store #4, where he bought basically anything that said the word cream.

 When he came home from the store with all those containers I couldn’t help but laugh and be reminded once again, why I have so much to be thankful for .   🙂

I was finally able to finish the dessert!

Even with a few hiccups along the way, this dessert was a complete success!  Everyone loved that after such a big meal, this still satisfied our sweet tooth but didn’t feel too heavy.  This dessert not only looks impressive, but tastes impressive too!  Really, how can you go wrong with puff pastry, apples, caramel and ice cream?!

I’m not going to repost the recipe because I followed it exactly (woah, this never happens)!  The recipe is from Smitten Kitchen.  I used 3 apples; 2 were Granny Smith and the other was Fuji (I think).  Oh, and I was a bit intimidated by making the Salted Caramel Glaze but if you just follow her directions exactly, it will work!

We served it with Caramel Delight ice cream (I highly recommend this combo!) and because we now had extra whipped cream, we of course, added that on top too!

~What cooking mistakes have you made lately? 
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  • Belinda @zomppa

    Oops. Sometimes the bes well laid plans don’t work. Great husband!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’ve had so many of those moments! And I’ve definitely run out mid-recipe to buy ingredients! This looks amazing:-)

  • Colleen

    I can imagine that the deliciousness of this tart would make it memorable on its own…but then with the great story you have of preparing it, it becomes all the more memorable! Glad it turned out well! Awesome 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    That heavy cream story is too funny — you’ve got a good man there!

    This tart looks delicious. I love rustic desserts like this.

  • Singerinkitchen

    Whoops! This recipe looks delicious!! It is always good to have fun stories to laugh at later.

  • Jessie

    oh gosh, I laughed like crazy at that pic of everything your husband picked up that had the word “cream” on it. He’s definitely a keeper! 😉 I’m so glad the dessert worked out well – a testament to your skill and grace under pressure 🙂

  • Melanie Flinn

    Too funny. What a sweet hubby you have. It looks like it was worth it though. 🙂 i just had a pie crust disaster. I try to make them with all butter instead of shortening and this time they just wouldn’t hold together. : Worst part is wasting ingredients!

    • Simply Life

      Agreed! I do hate when that happens!

  • Kari

    Oh, bless your husband for those cream purchases 😀

  • managedmacros

    I totally would of used it!!! 🙂 OhhhEEmmmmGeeee!!! This looks soo incredibly delish!!! The ice cream topping puts it over the top and the pics are amazing! You nailed it with this one girl!

    • Simply Life

      Haha, it was a close call 🙂 Thanks!

  • decocinasytacones

    Wow!, apple tart is my favourite, and next time instead of adding apricot jam I´ll add your glaze.
    Cooking mistakes?, I made a ham and cheese sandwich for my husband, because we were in a hurry yesterday and he said he could just eat a sandwich while I drove (we had a meeting in a place 1 hour away from San Sebastian), when he opened it, he realised there was nothing inside both slides of bread….just that….sliced bread….I forgot to put the ham and cheese……it´s obvious my thoughts were somewhere else……..I cooked a nice dinner for him later on.

    • Simply Life

      haha, this story is too cute- what was his reaction when he saw that?! 🙂

  • camille

    My most recent cooking mistake wasn’t in the actual cooking at all. I made something to take to a party, but I had it in this casserole dish that was my husband’s grandmother’s, and when he realized that – IN THE CAR – he told me I couldn’t take it in since he didn’t want to risk not getting the dish back. So I left it in the car and told everyone the recipe didn’t work out.

    • Simply Life

      Oh no!!! Well I hope you were able to still enjoy the dish after the party!!

  • yummychunklet

    I like the caramel glaze better than just sugaring the tart. Great idea!

  • Veronica Krystle Davis

    When I see salted caramel glaze, I knew I am going to love this tart.

  • itzyskitchen

    This is an awesome post ;)!! We totally all have our mindless moments. Dessert looks perfect. I never peel dessert apples either-unless its a special occasion

  • itzyskitchen

    We totally all have our mindless moments . Hilarious post. The dessert looks just perfect! I never peel apples either-unless its a special occasion

  • Mom

    Four stores and FIVE cream products, that’s love!!! My most significant horrible memory is serving a dinner to out of COUNTRY, YEP, COUNTRY guests and boiling broccoli. No problem so far, right? Well, I forgot about it on the stove and let the water boil away and didn’t realize it until the most horrible of smells came not just from the kitchen, but the entire house. Welcome to dinner 🙂 Did I mention it was you deda’s family and he was introducing them to his daughter-in-law!!

    My most recent mistake was when I was bringing a new recipe to a small reunion. It was spinach and ricotta cheese wrapped in phyllo dough. You spread out the phyllo dough, spread your mixture, roll it up and then slice and bake. Well, I didn’t know how significant it is to squeeze the liquid from the spinach after it steams and when I went to roll and cut it, it just oozed right out at every slice. It was indeed the ugliest homemade desert I have ever made!!!! The good news, the hostess was so gracious, she asked if she could keep the leftovers; by the way, no one tried to take them from her 🙂

  • Meri

    despite all of the hiccups, it looks really good!

  • Jolene (

    I overflowed a pot recently … but I do this all the time 🙂

    • Simply Life


  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    That’s a great story and what a kind husband you have! The dessert looks like it turned out really well despite the problems.

  • Emily

    WOW. This looks so impression – but, like you say, light enough to follow a big meal. Smitten Kitchen never fails me!

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