Sunday, 6 October 2013

Winning the leftovers lottery - Caramel Apple Tart


Either as a repeat of the previous meal (I'd go so far as to suggest that the whole Christmas turkey shebang is much tastier cold the next day -apart from the roasties, which need to be sliced up and fried) , or providing components for the next day's dinner - left over roast meat in a stir fry or risotto, left over veg chopped up as bubble & squeak etc, every fridge should have some leftovers in it.

I hit the leftover jackpot today, with the werewithal to make a mighty fine pudding.

Enough leftover sweet shortcrust pastry from a luscious lemon tart that I made yesterday, and half a tin of caramel leftover from making a batch of flapjack. And apples - still, apples everywhere. I have an idea that this might have started life as a Jamie Oliver confection, but regardless of its provenance, this is a pretty flexible dessert that you could probably adapt, and would certainly double up in size if you had more of the necessary left over, or even if you decided to make it in its own right, without waiting to have the required leftovers...

  Caramel Apple Tart

Enough sweet shortcrust pastry to line an 18cm tart tin
200g tinned caramel
1 large cooking apple
a dessert spoon of icing sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Butter and flour the tart tin, then line with the pastry. Use a fork to prick the pastry all over, and then line with greaseproof paper, tip in baking beans and bake blind in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove the greaseproof paper and baking beans and return the case to the oven for another 5-10 minutes till the pastry is golden and biscuity. Set aside to cool a little.

Spread the caramel over the base of the tart, then peel, core and slice the apple into fairly thin slices, and arrange over the top of the caramel. Sieve the icing sugar evenly over the apple slices, and then bake for 30-40 minutes till the apple is cooked turning golden, and the caramel is bubbling. Leave to cool a little before serving. 

It was very tasty with some left over soured cream... 

I'm linking up my leftovers pudding to this month's Credit Crunch Munch run by Helen on Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla at Fab Food for All hosted in October by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy


  1. Lovely and comforting - perfect on a Sunday evening!

    1. It definitely was. Not much leftover now though!

  2. Love the look of this! I've just done a "dessert from stuff you already have", on my blog & would love to know what you think.

    1. Hey Alison thanks for stopping by - I'll have a look later on - any dessert has got to be a good thing!

  3. Caramel and apples, you can't really go wrong with that combo can you? I like - a lot!

    1. You can't. So easy too, which was a good job as I was feeling rather, ahem, 'jaded' yesterday...

  4. Oh my gosh, that sounds amazing! :)

  5. Ooh caramel and apples, you can't beat it - thank you for entering Credit Crunch Munch with such a yummy dish:-)

  6. How lovely! Thank you so much for sending to Credit Crunch Munch - if I had caramel left over I'd be diving straight in with a spoon!

    November's Challenge is over at Dinner with Crayons.


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