Caramel Apple Tart with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

This Caramel Apple Tart with Cinnamon Streusel Topping is epic! Layers of caramel sauce and sliced apples are piled high in a sweet tart crust and topped with a cinnamon variation of my favorite, go-to streusel!

Caramel Apple Tart

I know you’re like, “woah, Lindsey. Calm down! That is four components you want me to make for one tart.”

Oui, mon amis! This tart will change your life and all your friends will crown you the Baking Queen or King of your group. And who doesn’t want that?! 

Just like Thanksgiving or any large holiday meal, this tart can be easy and low-stress with a little planning and preparation. Here for you with all the TIPS! Because that is what baking friends do! 

Caramel Apple Tart

Tips for Caramel Apple Tart Success:

  • The Crust: Make the pâte sucrée or brisée in advance. You can make it up to two months in advance and keep it well-wrapped in your freezer, but honestly any number of days will do. Just be aware that dough is best kept frozen for more than two days. Unless you dig a greige dough. I do not! 
  • Caramel Sauce: While technically optional, and the tart would still be ah-mazing without, I have a fairly strong opinion that caramel sauce is always welcome. This can also be made IN ADVANCE! I know! Make my favorite caramel sauce up to one month ahead of time. While you’re at it, make a double batch and then use the rest of it in ice cream or cupcakes
  • Cinnamon Streusel: Streusel is life. This cinnamon streusel is next level. It is a cinnamon version of my go-to streusel recipe. I know you are seeing a pattern here…this can also be made ahead! It doesn’t have to but you can make it up to two months in advance and keep it in the freezer. I do this for mass-production in my shop. Giving away all the secrets today! 
  • Pre-Cooked Filling: Don’t skip the pre-cooking of the apple filling or you will have a soupy mess instead of a sliceable, showstopping Caramel Apple Tart. Tarts don’t cook long enough to adequately cook apples, so know that. You can also make this in advance! LOL. Just store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Caramel Apple Tart

You know what else you can make in advance and then store frozen? THE WHOLE TART! 😂 So maybe make two and store one for later. You can even store it sliced, so that you can have a stunning dessert on a moment’s notice. 

Caramel Apple Tart

What’s that I see in your future? “Parent of the Year Award?” “Most Amazing Host Award?” “I don’t know how they do it Award?” 🏆🏆
Put that on your mantel with pride, my friends, because you earned it! 

Caramel Apple Tart

I made this recipe in an 8-inch tart because that is the mold that I have at home, but the same recipe will also work in a 9, 10 or even an 11 inch tart mold! It will just be a little thinner and it will bake a little less time! 

Caramel Apple Tart

Serve it with Vanilla Bean Anglaise or the best Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!

Caramel Apple Tart
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Caramel Apple Tart

Caramel Apple Tart

  • Author: Lindsey
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 1 Caramel Apple Tart 1x


This Caramel Apple Tart with Cinnamon Streusel Topping is epic! Layers of caramel sauce and sliced apples are piled high in a sweet tart crust and topped with a cinnamon variation of my favorite, go-to streusel!


  • 1 recipe for Pâte Sucrée or Pâte Brisée
  • ½ c Caramel Sauce

    For the Streusel:

  • 148 g Sugar (⅔ cup)
  • 50 g Light brown sugar (¼ cup)
  • 408 g All purpose Flour (3 ½ cup)
  • 2 g Salt (½ t)
  • 5 g Cinnamon (½ T)
  • 312 g Butter (1 ⅓ cup)

    For the Apple Filling: 

  • 5 ea Apples such as Jonagold, Cripps Pink, Honeycrisp, Fuji. 
  • ¼ c Sugar
  • ¼ c Dark brown Sugar
  • ½ t Cinnamon
  • ¼ t Cardamom (freshly ground is best !)
  • 1 ½ T Cornstarch
  • 2 T Water


  1. Make the Streusel: Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium low until combined. Chill in the refrigerator at least an hour but up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 2 months.Make the apple filling: 
  2. Roll out the tart dough to about an 1/8th an inch thick, chill before lining tart pan. While the dough is chilling preheat the oven to 350°F.
    Line the tart pan with the dough, filling in any cracks with scraps. Use the edge of the tart pan to cut away any excess. You can also use a rolling pin to make a perfect edge. Chill 30 minutes, so that the crust doesn’t shrink. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the surface looks matte and is just being to brown. You can blind bake it with weights but I find it isn’t necessary with my sucrée recipe when it is treat with love and care. Any brisée or pie dough will need to be lined with parchment and weighted down with baking beans or weights or rice. See my video tutorial here.
    Pour the caramel into the still-warm crust and spread it out. If your crust is cool, warm the caramel sauce a little to make it easier to spread evenly without ruining the crust. 
  3. Layer in the apples like I did in the video to make even layers or just pour them right on in! 
  4. Crumble an excessive amount of that streusel all over the top until all the apples are covered. 
  5. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the filling has begin to bubble around the edges, the tart shell is a nice deep golden brown and the streusel is a light to medium golden brown. Remember that everything except the streusel is baked, so it’s not that serious!
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: caramel, apple, tart, autumn, thanksgiving

Caramel Apple Tart

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