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Rustic Caramel Apple Tart

Like an apple pie without the pan, this scrumptious tart has a crispy crust that cuts nicely and a yummy caramel topping. —Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 6-1/2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, warmed


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add water and vanilla, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 10-in. circle. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Combine the filling ingredients; spoon over crust to within 2 in. of edges. Fold up edges of crust over filling, leaving center uncovered. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over filling. Whisk egg and water; brush over crust.
  • Bake until crust is golden and filling is bubbly, 25-30 minutes. Using parchment, slide tart onto a wire rack. Drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 298 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • tkuehl
    Oct 8, 2020

    What a wonderfully easy and tasty recipe. I did bake for 30 minutes, but will need to bake a little longer next time (the apples were still a little tough). Definitely making again - my family enjoyed it. My 16-year old daughter (who isn't a baker) suggested using pears next time.

  • kids chauffer
    Sep 21, 2020

    So easy and delicious! The crust is crispy and light. Its not too sweet. The finished pie is rather small so may want to make more than one. We didn't have caramel but my granddaughter said she preferred it that way! This would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Defiantly a keeper!

  • rena 55
    Sep 20, 2020

    So delicious and not hard to make. This recipe screams Fall... Will make again for sure!

  • Kimberly
    Sep 5, 2020

    This is truly a wonderful recipe and not that difficult. You won't regret not using a short cut with the crust, because this is SO good!

  • dlynsmith9
    Jul 18, 2020

    I made this with store bought refrigerated pie crust and honey crisp apples. It was delicious and very easy to make. It only lasted 2 days, and that was only with my husband and me. I will be making this again and again.

  • Maria
    Oct 5, 2019

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  • Gigi
    Sep 30, 2019

    In many reviews, cooks are taking shortcuts with the crust, but I highly recommend you follow the recipe! The crust was outstanding! And I’ve been making apple pies for years. I doubled the recipe and made two. Used three Granny Smith apples. I followed recipe exactly, but needed more baking time (might have been my insulated cookie sheets). I will make again and not change a thing.

  • Robby1
    Sep 15, 2019

    This couldn't be more easier and is absolutely delicious!! I use the refrigerated pie crust and it's in the oven in no time. Just the right size for two people!

  • amehart
    Dec 18, 2018

    We all loved this! So easy to make - during apple season I made several for neighbors and family and everyone loved it!

  • Sue
    Nov 29, 2017

    This was amazing. Easy to make and everyone loved it. Forgot the Carmel but everyone said it was great withoutWill add the Carmel next time