Recipes from the Sara Hardy Farmers Market: Caramel Apple & Almond Tart

This Autumn recipe is not perfect until you’ve added your own touch to it. That’s why we encourage you to call to your inner chef to come out and play and change up this recipe as you’d like. Any local apple would be fun to experiment with in this recipe. Thank you Bakker’s Acres!

Try this recipe in person at the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, September 17th!

How to Assemble Apple Tart

Gather all of the ingredients that you will need for making each recipe below. Start with Almond Cream and have ready Baked Tart Shells – store bought or homemade.

Almond Cream Spiced Cake

  • 8 oz Almond Flour
  • 8 oz Butter
  • 8 oz Sugar
  • 10 oz Eggs
  • 1 oz All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Directions: Cream butter, sugar, and almond flour until light and fluffy. Add eggs slowly while mixing
until fully incorporated. Add all-purpose flour until combined. Fill prepared tart shell half way. Bake at
350 degrees Fahrenheit until top is golden brown. Set aside to cool.


Brown Sugar Caramel

  • 12 oz Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 8 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 oz Glucose
  • 2 oz Butter
  • 3 T Bourbon
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Bean Extract

Directions: Caramelize sugar and lemon juice in a sauce pan over medium heat. Separately, from sugar
mixture, combine cream and glucose together and heat in pan on low until warm to the touch. Then,
slowly add to sugar & lemon mixture. Bring combined mixture to a boil and allow to boil for about 1
minute. Remove from heat and add salt, bourbon, and butter. Whisk until fully incorporated. Strain
through a fine mesh strainer, if desired.


Local Apple Mixture

Directions: Heat apples with cinnamon & butter mixture in sauté pan until apples are softened to-bite.
Combine mixture with small amount of brown sugar caramel, enough to only coat apples and heat for
approximately 1 minute. Spoon onto cooled tart shell with almond cream spiced cake.

Enjoy Tart at room temperature or serve warm. Can be additionally enjoyed with toasted almonds or
streusel, and vanilla ice cream.

Shana Sicotte is the Owner of the Great Lakes Chocolate and Dessert Co. in Traverse City, MI.

Head here a full selection of recipes from this year’s Sara Hardy Farmers Market demonstrations!