Apple Tart with Chai-Spiced Custard Sauce

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This apple custard tart is easily baked with store-bought puff pastry and is drizzled with a delicious chai spice-infused custard sauce. The sauce goes perfectly with the flaky crust and makes this dessert a wonderful fall or winter afternoon treat.

apple tart with chai-spiced custard sauce

This post was originally published on Oct. 15, 2015.

How to make chai-spiced custard sauce:

1. Add 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 whole cloves, 1 thinly sliced half-inch piece of fresh ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds and 1 teaspoon black peppercorns to a saucepan. Stirring continuously bring the mix to a simmer, then turn the heat off, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.

2. Strain out the spices.

how to make chai-spiced custard sauce step by step

3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk 3 egg yolks together.

4. Whisk in the cream mix.

how to make chai-spiced custard sauce step by step

5. Pour the custard back into the saucepan.

6. Heat the custard on medium-low heat, stirring continuously, until it has thickened and is coating the back of the spoon (about 4 minutes). Let cool.

how to make chai-spiced custard sauce step by step

How to make the apple tart:

For the tart, there’s no need to go through the trouble of making a crust yourself, instead you simply use a sheet of store-bought puff pastry. (You will need to thaw the sheet for about 40 minutes before you can use it, so be sure to plan for that).

To prepare the apples, peel, core and slice 2 Granny Smith, then cook them in 2 tablespoons unsalted butter. Once the apple slices are tender, mix them with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon corn starch and then lay them on the puff pastry. Bake the tart for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees F.

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Apple Tart with Chai-Spiced Custard Sauce

This apple custard tart is easily baked with store-bought puff pastry and is drizzled with a delicious chai spice-infused custard sauce. The sauce goes perfectly with the flaky crust and makes this dessert a wonderful fall or winter afternoon treat.
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple custard tart, apple tart, chai-spiced custard
Servings: 6
Calories: 212kcal

Ingredients:

For the custard sauce:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 half-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 3 egg yolks

For the apple tarts:

  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Instructions:

For the custard sauce:

  • Add milk, cream, sugar and spices to a saucepan and bring to simmer, stirring continuously.
  • Turn the heat off, cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Strain out the spices.
  • Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl, then whisk in the milk/cream mix.
  • Transfer the mix back into the saucepan and, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon, heat the custard on medium-low heat until it has thickened and is coating the back of the spoon (about 4 minutes). Be careful not to let the custard boil.*

For the apple tarts:

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Peel, core, quarter and slice the apples.
  • Melt the butter in a pan, then add the apple slices and cook them until they are tender (5 to 7 minutes).
  • Mix the sugar and the corn starch in a bowl, then add the apples to the bowl and mix around until they are evenly coated.
  • Cut a 9-inch round out of the puff pastry and either lay it into a greased tart pan with removable bottom or lay it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Distribute the apple slices on the dough.
  • Bake the tart until it is golden-brown (25-30 minutes).
  • Serve the tart with the sauce.

Notes:

*If you end up with a few small clumps in the sauce, strain it before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.7g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 11.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 18.9g | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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19 comments

  1. Shinee says:

    Aww, this tart looks and sounds so cozy, Nicole. I love the spices!! We have yet to get our first snow here in ND, but I’m sure it’ll be here any day now. For now, it’s just rainy. I’ll sure be making this tart soon enough, snow or not!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Kathleen! I honestly really love that sauce too and I think I’ll come up with more recipe to use it in. I actually ate the rest of it earlier straight and even that was delicious! :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      At first I thought I wasn’t ready for snow yet either but then I ended up liking it. The nice thing about Colorado is that cold snaps never last that long, it was warm and sunny again this weekend. :)

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