Most of the time, when Ben and I go out to eat, I kindly decline when the server hands me a dessert menu. It's mostly because if I get a good look at the decadent desserts that are available, there's no way that I'd be able to NOT order one. Sometimes, I don't even need to SEE the dessert, the description in the menu is enough to convince me that I NEED to try it.
Ben is just the opposite. He peruses the dessert menu with such intensity that you would think he was selecting the next Presidential candidate. He takes his dessert very seriously. Most of the time he chooses something fruity and warm. I think it's because he knows if he orders chocolate - he's going to HAVE to share with me.
I saw a picture of a caramel pecan tart in my southern living magazine and this dessert had Ben's name all over it. Warm and fruity and topped with ice cream and nuts! This one's for you, honey.
Caramel Apple Tarts
1 2/3 cups flour
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 Tablespoons butter
2 cups peeled and sliced apples
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 pints vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup lightly salted roasted pecans
Combine first 4 ingredients in food processor.
Pulse 10-12 times until crumbly.
Press into 8 greased mini tart pans.
Set on a baking sheet and bake 25 minutes at 350.
Remove tarts from pans carefully.
Peel 4-5 apples.
Slice apples into thin slices.
Toss apples into skillet with 1/3 cup brown sugar. Cook over low heat until liquid is thick and syrupy.
Fill tart shells with caramelized apples.
Top with 3 small ice cream scoops, a drizzle of caramel sauce and some chopped pecans.
I think that there may be a few of these around my dessert table this Christmas.