Nothing beats a hot drink on a cold evening.
Wrapping your 2 hands around a hot mug as you sit curled up on the corner of the couch wrapped in a blanket, sipping away, watching your favorite show!
The small comforts in life are what make each day bearable. Having those moments of downtime when the kids finally go to bed… you know after the constant nagging, fighting, and messes of the day!
Leave the toys where they are because you fear any little noise will wake them!
Find that tranquility on the couch, in peace, and forget about the rest of the world!
This tart is a play on the flavors of mulled cider, warm, aromatic, and oh so comforting.
The crust of this tart is made using the same crust as the Fresh Fruit Tart
I chose to make these into individual size tarts (ok maybe they’re a little bigger, but remember, you’re alone, it’s quiet, and calming so we are eating the WHOLE THING) … get the pans here.
You could ultimately make one large tart, that just means you have to share 😉
Once the crust was baked I added a layer of apple butter, not just any apple butter, MULLED SPICED apple butter!
The rich apple butter paired with the warm fall spices is simply amazing…
Now here you can use a store bought and well, spice it up so to speak 😉
There are some really great pre made butters out there… like this one, by heating and adding a hint of orange and some spices (see below) you will get the same great mulled flavors.)
Because I love you, I have created a homemade mulled spiced apple butter recipe for you!… but sometimes time isn’t always on our side (I get it!)
For the custard in the tart, I used the BEST ever pastry cream with some minor adjustments and just a hint of orange zest, fresh, clean and simple to highlight the apples.
The tart was topped with thinly shaved apples, which were poached in mulled cider.
Arrange the apple slices in a fanned pattern all the way around the tart, the thinner you shave them the easier it is for eating. If you don’t have super awesome knife skills. Try a mandoline.
To poach the slices – See note below 🙂
And a healthy (yup, HEALTHY… ok maybe not so healthy, how about, GENEROUS) spread of chantilli cream… aka whipped cream!
Now I know all of this sounds like a lot of work, and well you might be right, but listen I promise you, just like everything else, all GREAT things take time 🙂
This tart is no exception to that rule, it’s an absolutely incredible combination of flavors with the perfect balance of sweetness!
Now grab that cup of warm tea, your tart, your favorite blanket and cozy your butt right into the corner of the couch for the night
Poached Apple Slices
Boil 1 cup of water (or real apple juice), with 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon, 1 Tbsp ground ginger, 2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp all spice, 1 tsp cardamom.
Remove from heat and add apple slices.
Cover pot and let sit until apples are tender.
Remove from liquid and set on towel to remove excess liquid before adding to tart (careful not to tear them)
Is basically a fancy name for stabilized whipped cream.
Pour 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream into mixer bowl, add 1 tsp vanilla bean paste and 3/4 cup of sifted icing sugar.
Whip on medium-high until soft peaks.