Apple Butter Tarts
Recipe from The Food Channel

Fall is the best time for fresh, crisp apples, and the perfect time to get back to baking amazing desserts like these scrumptious tarts.


Apple Butter Tarts

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 30 mins
Related Categories: Apple Pie, Desserts, Pie
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Ingredients
    FOR APPLE BUTTER:
    • 4   cups 
      fresh apple puree or unsweetened apple sauce
    • 1 1/2  cups 
      packed dark brown sugar
    • 1   teaspoon 
      cinnamon
    • 1   teaspoon 
      nutmeg
    • 0.063  teaspoon 
      ground cloves
    • 1   
      lemon, juiced and grated rind
    FOR TART:
    • 11   
      refrigerated pie crusts, unbaked
    • 6   
      firm tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
    • 1   teaspoon 
      cinnamon mixed with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1   cup 
      dark or golden raisins, soaked overnight in 2 tablespoons cognac
    • 1   cup 
      walnuts, chopped
    Directions
    1.
    To make the apple butter, combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cook over low heat for approximately 3 hours, until the mixture is thick and dark brown. Take care not to scorch the butter. Remove from the stove and let cool.
    2.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    3.
    Roll out one of the disks of dough 116-inch thick and cut circles large enough to fit the 4-inch tart pan. Place the dough in the pans, cut off excess with a sharp knive. Repeat with the remaining dough. Prick the bottom of each shell with a fork in order to allow the steam to escape. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
    4.
    To make the tarts, spoon approximately 1/4 cup apple butter into each tart shell, top with several apple slices, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or cognac-soaked raisins, if desired. Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until the apples soften. Serve warm.
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