Spiced Apple Tart


Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 10.18.40 AMMakes one 9” tart

Prep time: 45 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total time: 2 hours


  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp La Criolla ground cumin
  • 1 tsp La Criolla ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp La Criolla ground cloves
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 piece refrigerated piecrust dough
  • 2 Granny smith apples
  • (12 ounces), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. La Criolla honey
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup La Criolla cinnamon with sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter


  • In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, apple juice, rice vinegar, brown sugar, honey, cumin, black pepper, and cloves.
  • Cook over medium heat until syrupy, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest.
  • Preheat over to 400 degrees. Press dough into a 9” fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.
  • In a medium bowl, toss sliced apples with lemon juice and thyme.
  • Arrange slices in a single layer in prepared tart pan. Sprinkle cinnamon with sugar over apples and dot with butter.
  • Bake in center of oven until golden, about 50 minutes.
  • Carefully brush apples with syrup and bake until glazed, about 15 minutes more. Let cool slightly.
  • Cut into wedges and serve with remaining syrup.



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