Apple tarts are the complete dessert package. Not only are they absolutely delicious, they are also stunning to look at. This apple tart features a layer of cranberry jam that’s topped with Granny Smith apple slices. Serve it warm or room temperature, just don’t forget the big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top.
Apple Cranberry Tart
- 1 tart or pie crust for an 8 inch pan
- 1 (12 ounce) package of fresh cranberries
- 1 ⅓ cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon all spice
- 4 Granny Smith apples
- ¼ cup of granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- Prepare your favorite crust according to instructions. Place the dough in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. Keep in mind that most dough recipes make two halves and can be made a day in advance to help save time.
- Make the cranberry jam by combining all of the ingredients, except for the all spice, in a heavy sauce pan on medium to high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring every so often. Remove from the stove, stir in the all spice and let cool. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
- Take the dough out of the fridge about 15 minutes before you want to roll it out. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a 9-inch round. Lightly spray your tart pan with non-stick cooking spray. Transfer the dough to an 8-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Gently press the dough into the sides and bottom of the pan.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel, core and slice the Granny Smith apples into ¼ inch slices, keeping the slices of each half together on the cutting board.
- Spread a ¾ cup of cooled cranberry jam on the bottom of the crust. (Store the remaining jam in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for other use). Slightly push down on the apple slices to fan them and then place them in the tart pan. Repeat with each half until you’ve arranged them all around the pan. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and top with small cubes of unsalted butter.
- Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes, until apples and crust are golden brown.
- Let cool for at least an hour, slice and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.