Caramel Coffee Apple Tarts

  • Yield: Makes 18 apple tarts

Merge the allure of coffee and caramel in these delightful tarts. Ready in 20 minutes, they’re a sweet addition to your breakfast or dessert menu.


  • 1 tsp (5ml) instant coffee granules
  • 1 tsp (5ml) ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5ml) hot water
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) dulce de leche or thick caramel spread
  • 4 small USA Gala Apples, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds, seeds removed after slicing
  • 2 sheets pre-rolled 10- x 10-inch puff pastry, each sheet cut into 9 squares
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) whipping cream
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir coffee granules, cinnamon and hot water together until coffee granules dissolve. Stir in dulce de leche. Using a teaspoon, space 9 small dollops of coffee mixture (about ½ teaspoon per dollop) evenly apart on 1 of the parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with second baking sheet. Reserve leftover coffee mixture.
  3. Place 1 sliced apple round on top of each dollop of coffee mixture and top each apple round with 1 square of puff pastry.
  4. Bake tarts for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Let tarts cool for 2 minutes before using a spatula to invert and transfer tarts to a cooling rack.
  5. In a large bowl, combine cream and reserved coffee mixture; whip into soft peaks.
  6. Dust tarts with icing sugar and serve with whipped coffee cream.