Rosey Caramel Apple Tarts
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- medium red / reddish apples
- 10 c
- apple cider (not spiced)
- 2 1/2 c
- 1 1/2 c
- 1/4 c
- light corn syrup
- 1/8 tsp
- cream of tartar
- 1 tsp
- kosher salt
- 1/4 c
- all purpose flour
- egg yolks
- 2 c
- 1/4 c
- butter, unsalted
- 1 tsp
- puff pastry sheet, thawed
FOR THE APPLES
FOR THE CARAMEL CUSTARD
FOR THE ASSEMBLY
3Blind bake the puff pastry for 15 minutes while you start on the apples.
5To prepare the apples, start by getting a few things together, such as a mandolin and a bowl of acidulated water, and make sure to wash the apples gently so you don't break or tear the skin.
6Core the apples, dunking each into the acidulated water to protect their color. Once they've been cored, cut each apple in half vertically and slice with a mandolin.
You can use a knife if you don't have a mandolin, but you'll want to make sure that the knife is good and sharp, and you'll want to be careful that the slices are very close in thickness.
7Carefully drop the apple slices into the apple cider. To stir or dunk, use a spoon that will not break or rip through the apples. The apples will float, but you might need to add a cup or two more of apple cider depending on just how many apples you cut up - that way you can continue to dunk them into the cider.
8Turn the burner to medium high, stirring occasionally to re-dunk and re-soak the apple slices that are floating on the top. Once the apple cider starts to steam, set your timer for 10 minutes and let the apples simmer.
9After 10 minutes have passed, test the apple slices by pulling one (preferably small) slice and trying to roll it in your hand. If it breaks or tears, they are not ready. Give them a couple more minutes and then try again. Don't worry - you have plenty of slices.
10Once the apples pass the rolling test, turn off the heat and carefully remove the slices using a slotted spoon or scoop. Some of the slices will probably tear a little bit, but that's okay. Place the apple slices into a colander so they can cool a little and drain a bit.
12For the custard, mix the 1 1/2 cups of sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and corn syrup into a large skillet and cook over medium high heat. Stir occasionally to make sure everything gets combined, but don't stir so much that it starts to clump and crystallize.
By the way - this is how all of my caramel recipes start - whether making them for sauces, candies or puddings.
13When the sugar mixture starts to turn a light amber and boiling, start stirring to ensure that everything caramelizes evenly. Turn the heat down to low and keep stirring until the caramel stops boiling.
14Blend the flour into the caramelized sugar, still stirring over low heat.
15Beat together the egg yolks and milk and pour them into the sugar / flour, then turn the heat back up to medium high. The caramel will probably harden when you do this, and you'll find it a little harder to stir, but keep stirring constantly as you add in the milk and even after until the caramel completely melts again.
20Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-45 minutes. As they bake, the pastry will brown, the custard will set and the apple roses will firm up.
23Stand back and wait for the "awws", the "that's so pretties", and the "I almost don't want to eat its"...