While I’ve never been a fan of desserts that are too sweet, I would never bat an eye at anybody else for their love of sweets. But recently, I was watching some TV cooking competition, and the judges jumped all over a competitor for his dessert being too sweet. I was sitting at home, thinking/yelling at the TV, “I get it. But desserts are sweet. You can’t be mad when they’re TOO sweet!” Anybody else yell at their TV during “Chopped”? Just me?
Sometimes, I make like a TV cook and bake decadent sweets for friends, family or Jeff’s co-workers. Things sort of got out of control this time. At first, I was like “OK, I’m going to make an apple tart that would be great for Thanksgiving.” Then I thought, “Well, the tart should have pecans. Maybe a homemade pecan butter. Plus maple syrup. Maple-pecan butter. Oh yeah.” But I wasn’t ready to be finished yet. “I think this needs some caramel. Oh look, we have a new bottle of bourbon. Let’s make bourbon caramel.”
When I’m baking from scratch, I like to use the best ingredients that I can find. Whenever a Bob’s Red Mill option is available, that’s always the product that goes into my shopping cart, because I know it’ll be of the highest quality. This recipe marked my first time using Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All-Purpose White Flour. This flour is freshly milled from organic hard red wheat, and it is not enriched with any additives. It is a kitchen staple that is incredibly versatile and perfect for all of your baking needs.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: this apple and pecan tart seems like a lot of work. I won’t lie to you. It is sort of a special occasion item. But, it’s totally doable, because you can spread the work out over the course of a few days. The caramel can be made one day, and kept in the fridge for at least a week. The maple-pecan butter can be made another day, and also kept in the fridge for several days. You can make the tart dough and leave that in the fridge overnight, too! All that’s left to do on the big day is roll out the crust, spread it with the nut butter, fill it with apples, and bake. Remove from the oven, drizzle with caramel and grab a fork!
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