Caramelized Apple Tarts Recipe

Caramelized Apple Tarts Recipe
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Caramelized Apple Tarts Recipe

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This recipe cleverly dresses up frozen puff pastry and a no-bake cheesecake mix. Guests will be delighted to be offered their own individual tarts! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 package (11.1 ounces) no-bake cheesecake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions

Unfold pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Cut into eight 4-in. circles. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Prepare cheesecake filling according to package directions; set aside. (Save packet of crust crumbs for another use.)
In a large skillet, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat; stir in cinnamon. Add half of the apples; cook and stir for 10 minutes or until tender.
Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Repeat with remaining apples. Drain cooking juices, reserving 1/3 cup in the skillet; discard remaining juices. Add cream to skillet; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
Split each pastry in half horizontally. Top each with 2 heaping tablespoons of cheesecake filling. Top with apple slices and drizzle with caramel sauce. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Caramelized Apple Tarts in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p28

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 373 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 package (11.1 ounces) no-bake cheesecake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  1. Unfold pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Cut into eight 4-in. circles. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  2. Prepare cheesecake filling according to package directions; set aside. (Save packet of crust crumbs for another use.)
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat; stir in cinnamon. Add half of the apples; cook and stir for 10 minutes or until tender.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Repeat with remaining apples. Drain cooking juices, reserving 1/3 cup in the skillet; discard remaining juices. Add cream to skillet; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Split each pastry in half horizontally. Top each with 2 heaping tablespoons of cheesecake filling. Top with apple slices and drizzle with caramel sauce. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Caramelized Apple Tarts in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p28

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