Caramel-Apple Tartlets with Cinnamon-Rum Ice Cream

Caramel-Apple Tartlets with Cinnamon-Rum Ice Cream

yield: Makes 6 tartlets
This tartlet is complex, but well worth the effort. It sprang from the mind of our bakery’s apple-obsessed chef, Eric Wolitzky (he is from… more ›
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Ingredients
Crust:

* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 large egg
* 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt

Caramel sauce:

* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup water
* 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
* 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel or other fine sea salt

Crumb topping:

* 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
* 6 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup pecans, toasted
* 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Filling:

* 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
* 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
* 2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 teaspoon whiskey
* 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* Cinnamon-Rum Ice Cream

* Special equipment: Six 4 1/2-inch tartlet pans with removable bottom

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Preparation

For crust:
Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in medium bowl until blended. Beat in egg. Add flour and salt and beat just until incorporated. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 1 hour. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.

Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Gather each piece into ball, then flatten each slightly. Roll out each dough piece on lightly floured surface to 4- to 41/2-inch round. Press 1 dough round onto bottom and up sides of 41/2-inch-diameter tartlet pan with removable bottom. Pierce crust all over with fork. Repeat with remaining dough rounds. Freeze crusts 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake crusts until golden brown and baked through, about 30 minutes. Cool crusts in pans on rack. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight in pans at room temperature.

For caramel sauce:
Combine sugar and 1/4 cup water in heavy medium saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber, occasionally brushing down pan sides with wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 6 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Add cream, then butter and salt (mixture will bubble vigorously). Stir until any caramel bits dissolve and sauce is smooth. do ahead Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm over medium-low heat until just pourable before using. crumb topping / Blend flour, brown sugar, and salt in processor. Add pecans and blend until coarsely chopped. Add butter and process just until small moist clumps form. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.Rewarm over medium-low heat until just pourable before using.

For crumb topping:
Blend flour, brown sugar, and salt in processor. Add pecans and blend until coarsely chopped. Add butter and process just until small moist clumps form. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

For filling:
Whisk brown sugar and cornstarch in bowl to blend. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add apple pieces and sauté until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Add brown sugar mixture; stir until sugar dissolves, then add next 3 ingredients. Simmer until juices are bubbling and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool completely.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange tartlet pans with crusts on rimmed baking sheet. Spoon 11/2 tablespoons caramel sauce into each tartlet crust. Divide cooled apple filling among crusts. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over each. Bake until apple filling is bubbling and topping is crisp and golden, 25 to 30 minutes (juices may bubble over rims of pans). Cool 5 minutes, then carefully loosen tartlets from sides of pans with small sharp knife and remove pan sides. Cool tartlets 10 minutes, then place 1 warm tartlet on each of 6 plates. Place scoop of cinnamon ice cream alongside each and serve.

Cinnamon-Rum Ice Cream
yield: Makes about 1 1/2 quarts
As befitting a diner dessert, this ice cream is thick and rich and perfectly accents the apple tartlet. Cinnamon ice cream generally… more ›
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Ingredients

* 6 large egg yolks
* 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
* 1 1/2 cups whole milk
* 3/4 cup sugar
* Pinch of salt
* 2 tablespoons dark rum
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

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Preparation

Whisk egg yolks to blend in medium metal bowl. Pour 1 cup cream into another medium bowl; set fine strainer over bowl with cream. Whisk milk, sugar, pinch of salt, and 1/2 cup cream in heavy medium saucepan; bring to simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Gradually whisk hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Return mixture to same saucepan and stir constantly over medium-low heat until custard thickens slightly and instant-read thermometer inserted into custard registers 160°F to 170°F (do not boil), about 5 minutes. Pour custard through strainer set over bowl with cream. Whisk mixture to blend; then whisk in rum and cinnamon. Chill custard until cold, about 2 hours.

Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer ice cream to container. Cover; freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.

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