Apple tarts are a classic fall dessert that can be enjoyed all season long.
They are perfect for an after-dinner treat or as an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
While apple tarts are delicious on their own, there are many things that you can serve with them to take them to the next level.
One way is to serve it with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Another way is to serve it with whipped cream and a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. You can also serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
In this article, I’m sharing 15 of my favorite things to serve with apple tarts including ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce, cinnamon sugar, and more.
What to Serve with Apple Tart?
When serving apple tart, there are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect accompaniment.
- First, think about the flavors you want to complement the tart. A creamy vanilla ice cream or a tart cranberry sauce can both be delicious with apple tart.
- Second, consider the texture of the side dish. A crispy salad might not be the best choice to pair with a soft and flaky tart crust.
- Third, think about how the side dish will be served. If you’re serving tart a la mode, a scoop of ice cream is the perfect side. But if you’re serving the tart as a dessert, a slice of cheese might be a better option.
Here are 15 delicious foods and ingredients that will complement your apple tart perfectly:
1. Vanilla Ice Cream
How about some cold, refreshing vanilla ice cream to top off your apple tart?
This flavor is perfect for the season, and it goes great with most any dessert.
Choose a rich and creamy ice cream like Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen-Dazs, and enjoy!
You could also drizzle a little cinnamon on top of your apple tart before serving to add a touch of sweetness and warmth.
Other complementary ingredients to consider include: brown sugar, raisins, and chopped nuts.
Whether it’s caramel sauce, caramel ice cream, or even just a few pieces of caramel candy, this sweet and rich flavor will bring out the best in your apple tart.
The caramel’s sticky texture will also contrast nicely with the flaky crust of the tart.
4. Whipped Cream
You can either make your own whipped cream or buy it from the store.
If you’re making your own, make sure to use heavy cream and whip it until it’s thick and fluffy.
You can add a little sugar and vanilla extract to taste.
Top the tart with the whipped cream and enjoy!
5. Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is sweet and rich, which will complement the sweetness of the apples in the tart.
It also has a slightly smoky flavor that pairs well with the flaky crust.
And, it’s easy to drizzle over the top of the tart for a beautiful presentation.
6. Brown Sugar
Do you have some brown sugar in your pantry?
If so, then you’re in luck!
Brown sugar is the perfect sweet and salty topping for apple tart.
Just sprinkle a little on top of the tart before serving, and enjoy the amazing flavor combination.
Tip: If you want to really elevate your apple tart, try using brown sugar in the filling as well. It will add a delicious depth of flavor that you’ll love.
Most people have some honey in their pantry, and it pairs perfectly with apple tart.
The sweetness of the honey will complement the sweetness of the apples, and the sticky texture will help the apples to stick to the tart.
If you want a little bit of acidity to balance out the sweetness, you can add a squeeze of lemon juice to the honey.
Nutmeg is known for its warm, sweet flavor, and it’s the perfect spice to complement the sweetness of apples.
It’s also a good choice if you’re looking for a side dish that will add some texture to your tart.
If you’re serving the tart a la mode, sprinkle a little nutmeg on top of the ice cream.
Cloves are a great addition to any apple tart recipe.
They add a warm, spicy flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of the apples.
Here are a few tips for using cloves in your recipe:
- Add them to the filling: Stir a few whole cloves into the apple filling before spooning it into the tart shell.
- Sprinkle them on top: Garnish the tart with a sprinkle of ground cloves before baking.
- Make a clove-infused syrup: Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, then add a few whole cloves and simmer until the syrup is thickened. Brush this syrup over the tart before serving.
Allspice might sound like a strange ingredient to pair with apples, but it actually works really well!
The warm, earthy flavor of allspice complements the sweetness of the apples and brings out their natural flavor.
Plus, allspice is a great way to add a little depth and complexity to your apple tart.
Here are a few tips for using allspice in your apple tart:
- Add a few whole allspice berries to the filling for a subtle flavor.
- Ground allspice can be added to the crust for a little extra flavor.
- For a more intense flavor, add a teaspoon or two of allspice liqueur to the filling.
Although ginger is known for its spicy flavor, it can actually be used to add a sweet and savory flavor to your dishes.
When used in baking, it can add a warm and fragrant flavor to your apple tart.
If you want to add a bit of zing to your apple tart, try grating some fresh ginger into the filling.
You can also sprinkle some ground ginger over the top of the tart before serving.
If you are using store-bought ginger, make sure to use it sparingly as it can be quite potent.
12. Orange Zest
Orange zest reminds me of fall and winter, and it’s the perfect complement to an apple tart.
You can use it to top the tart before baking, or you can add it to the filling.
To get the zest, use a citrus zester or a microplane grater.
Be sure to zest only the orange part of the peel; the white part (the pith) is bitter.
13. Lemon Zest
Lemon zest is another fun and easy way to add some bright flavor to your apple tart.
I like to use a microplane to zest my lemons, but you can also use a regular grater.
Just be sure to zest the lemon before you cut it open and juice it.
Lemon zest is also a great way to add some color to your tart.
If you want a really pretty tart, try using a mix of yellow and green apples.
One last tip: if you are using a store-bought pie crust, be sure to pre-bake it before adding the filling. This will help to prevent a soggy crust.
14. Cranberry Sauce
No surprise here, cranberry sauce is the perfect accompaniment to apple tart.
Cranberry sauce is tart and sweet, and it pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the apples in the tart.
Here are some tips for making the perfect cranberry sauce:
- Use fresh cranberries. Fresh cranberries are tart and have a beautiful deep red color. Avoid using frozen cranberries, as they can be watery and tasteless.
- Add a little sugar. Cranberry sauce is naturally tart, so adding a little sugar will help balance out the flavors.
- Use orange juice. Orange juice adds a lovely citrus flavor to the cranberry sauce.
- Cook the cranberries until they burst. This will help release their natural sweetness.
- Let the cranberry sauce cool before serving. This will help it thicken up and taste even better.
15. Cheese (Such as Cheddar, Gruyere, or Brie)
Lastly, why not serve your tart with some cheese?
Cheese is always a good idea when it comes to desserts.
It will help to balance out the sweetness of the apples and the crust.
Plus, it will add another layer of flavor to your dish.
So, there you have it.
These are just a few ideas to get you started.
Be creative and have fun with it!
What Wine Goes with Apple Tarts?
Apple tarts can go with many different types of wine, depending on how they are prepared. For example, if the apple tart is made with a sweet crust and a filling that is mostly fruit, then it might pair well with a dessert wine, like a Moscato d’Asti. If the apple tart has a savory crust and filling, it might pair better with an off-dry Riesling or Chenin Blanc.
What to Serve with Apple Tart (15 Foods)
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Whipped Cream
- Maple Syrup
- Brown Sugar
- Orange Zest
- Lemon Zest
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pick your favorite food from this list to serve with your apple tart.
- Prepare the rest of your delicious dessert.
- Enjoy in no time!
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