Candied Crab Apple Tart

August 09, 2021

Candied Crab Apple Tart

Goat Milk Buttercream:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter (goat butter, if available)
40 grams semi-soft goat cheese
2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup goat milk

  1. Thoroughly mix the butter and goats cheese until creamy before mixing in the confectioner sugar and goat’s milk.
  2. Beat until thoroughly whipped.

Candied Apples:
2 cups thinly sliced apples (A blend of crab apples or best apples available. Anything but Red Delicious, really.)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Old Apple Cidery dry hard cider 
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp Lindera Farms Applejack Vinegar

  1. Bring salt, sugar, and cider to boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer.
  3. Incorporate apples and cook on low heat until reduced. Apples should be candied, not mushy.
  4. Allow to cool and fold in Applejack Vinegar.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.


Pie Crust:

2 1/2 cups (325 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar, optional
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
1 cup (230 grams) very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 sticks)
4 to 8 tablespoons ice water
  1. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, cinnamon, and sugar to a food processor, pulse until combined.
  2. Spread butter cubes throughout the mixture and pulse 6 times, until crumbly.
  3. Scrape bowl, add remaining flour, and pulse to evenly distribute.
  4. Move to a bowl and drizzle ice water over the mixture.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, mix until the dough comes together.
  6. Work the dough into a ball and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  7. Roll out dough into a thin layer, then cut out circles and bake at 350 for 8 minutes or until cooked through.
(Or just buy a pie crust)

For garnish, we used:
Bee Balm
Queen Anne’s Lace

If the above aren’t available to you, good alternatives include:
Lemon thyme


  1. Using piping bag, pipe thin layer of buttercream onto tart rounds.
  2. On top, form a small pile of candied apples and garnish with herbs and flowers.
  3. Store in refrigerator if not serving immediately.


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On a brown wooden table, two candied crab apple tarts sit on a gray metal plate.

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