French Apple Tart In Puff Pastry | You Can Make Tonight!

French Apple Tart In Puff Pastry | You Can Make Tonight!

This French Apple Tart Recipe is the just about perfect.  Anytime I use puff pastry in a recipe I’m delighted with the result and you will be too.  All you need to do is get the puff pastry out of the freezer and let it thaw (you can easily unthaw overnight in the fridge) and slice and core some apples.  That. Is. It.  Slice your apples very thinly so that they will soften while baking, and have fun creating this design, or make up one of your own!  You don’t even need to peel the apples!

Just use whatever apples you have on hand too.  For this recipe, I had Macintosh and Granny Smiths, so I used two of each and made two tarts.  The puff pastry packages usually come with two sheets of pastry per package.  There are some finishing touches you will need to add before popping it into the oven for a delicious treat.  And I’ll share my ideas for garnishing the tart that will make it extra yummy.  Hah! Is extra yummy a thing?  Anyway, this simple Apple Tart recipe is dee-licious.  Simple food is the best I think, don’t you?  Perfect for dessert, a sweet snack, and you will love it for breakfast!

You will need: 3 medium apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, 1 package of frozen puff pastry, unsalted butter, chopped walnuts, caramel sauce and powdered sugar for the garnish. 

This post was originally published November 23, 2015 and updated on December 20, 2018.  

French apple tart with caramel sauce on parchment paper

FRENCH APPLE TART RECIPE BACKSTORY

I originally developed this recipe as part of an online baking course I used to deliver a few years back.  I wanted something simple for my students so that they would have a sense of accomplishment quickly!  The original recipe included apple pie filling and that works really well.  But for the update of this recipe, I decided to use fresh apples, and a combination so that you would have both red and green apple peel showing.  This method of slicing and baking apples in a pie or galette right now is really popular, and I thought it would be perfect for this recipe.  I think I was right!

So the holidays are upon us – with American Thanksgiving just over, and then there is Hanukkah, Christmas, lots of time for celebrations and family get togethers.  I love getting together with my family and creating delicious treats and of course pies are always on the menu!  We always have the traditional favorites, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pie, and chocolate cream pie.  It’s a lot of baking but always a labour of love.

But I was thinking that everyone needs a little pie baking hack they can count on – and this recipe is it for me.  What could be easier than frozen puff pastry and sliced apples?  I’ve added some spices, brown sugar and voila!  Spiced Apple Pie in Puff Pastry.  This is so easy you can make it with your kids or grandkids!  Served warm with French Vanilla Ice Cream, it’s the bomb.

sliced apples and chopped walnuts on puff pastry ready to put in the oven.

FRENCH APPLE TART FAQS

What is an Apple Tart?

An apple tart is a small open pie that uses apples, sugar and is sometimes lightly spiced.  The crust can be shortcrust pastry or puff pastry.  We’ve used frozen puff pastry for this recipe.

Can I Use Apple Pie Filling instead of real apples?

Yes you can and I’ve done so.  What you can do is mix in the cinnamon and ginger and then add the apple pie filling, making sure to spread it fairly thinly across the pastry and leave room around the edges.

How do I thaw the frozen puff pastry

There are two ways to thaw frozen puff pastry.  You can leave it out at room temperature so that it softens or leave in the refrigerator.  This is the preferred way for me, so that it stays chilled and is easier to work with.  Thawed puff pastry gets very sticky when it warms up.

TIPS FOR MAKING A GREAT APPLE TART IN PUFF PASTRY

  1. Follow the directions carefully.
  2. Make sure the apples are thinly slice so that they cook evenly
  3. I brush the puff pastry with a little cream, sprinkle white sugar on it.

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I really love these baking pans by Kitchen Aid!  They can be used for so many things besides cookies, and I often use mine for making slab pies.

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One of my favorite chefs is the Barefoot Contessa!  We have some of her cookbooks here at home.  She makes a wonderful French Apple Tart with puff pastry made from scratch!

 

EASY FRENCH APPLE TART RECIPE

If you plan to serve this for breakfast or brunch, you can whip up this recipe while your family is still sleeping.  They will be pulled out of their slumber by the sweet, spicy apple cinnamon and & ginger aromas wafting from the kitchen.  I like the powdered sugar icing, but folks love caramel sauce.  We just put the bottle of caramel sauce on the table!   Likewise, it’s just as quick to make for a ‘coffee and dessert’ get together with the neighbours, or to take to a potluck.  You can serve 12 if you double the recipe and use both sheets of puff pastry.  Enjoy and be sure to let me know in the comments how you made out!

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two sections of french apple tart side by side with caramel sauce
French Apple Tart in Puff Pastry
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A deliciously easy dessert or breakfast treat, you can make this easy apple tart recipe in a matter of minutes with frozen puff pastry, sliced apples, sugar and cinnamon and ginger 

Course: Dessert/Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: easy apple tart recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 321 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 4 apples thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F

  2. Slice the apples thinly and place in a medium bowl.  Mix the sugar, lemon juice and spices together and pour over the apples making sure they are covered in the syrup. 

  3. Place thawed puff pastry (already on parchment paper) onto a cookie sheet
  4. Using the pastry cutter, cut the sheet in half and arrange the apple slices, slightly overlapping as shown in the picture. 

  5. Curl the edges of the puff pastry up slightly and brush with heavy cream.  I like to dust sugar on the puff pastry. 

  6. Bake for 20 minutes until crust is golden and apples are bubbling.

  7. Let cool and slice each section into thirds. 

  8. Garnish with icing sugar glaze or caramel sauce! 

Nutrition Facts
French Apple Tart in Puff Pastry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 105mg 4%
Potassium 176mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 13g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 6.8%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries (Instant Pot)

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries (Instant Pot)

A light and luscious white chocolate cheesecake  that is definitely a showstopper! It’s so easy for you to make in the Instant Pot.  No need to fuss with a Bain Marie (water bath) that regular oven recipes require.  I make all of my cheesecakes in the Instant Pot now.  In keeping with the lightness in flavour, the vanilla Oreo cookies make a perfect crust. This recipe makes a a lovely ‘tall’ cheesecake in the 7″ springform pan, and will serve about 8 people.  You can make the cheesecake a day or two before serving it as well.

And don’t you think it’s just so pretty?  A beautiful addition to your holiday baking, and what about as a homemade food gift for your host or hostess? Make sure you pin the recipe coz your friends are definitely going to want this one!  This is definitely going to become your favorite cheesecake of all time! I’m actually taking it to work, for a team meeting tomorrow.

white chocolate cheesecake with sugared cranberries on white cake plate with white background

 

You will need:  Instant Pot, 7″ springform pan, parchment paper, White Chocolate Almond Bark (for garnish), cream cheese, white chocolate chips, eggs, sugar, cranberries, whole berry cranberry sauce, heavy cream (35%) fresh lemon & unsalted butter. 

Recipe rating: beginner/intermediate – not too hard, but you really need to follow the instructions exactly!

white chocolate cheesecake with sugared cranberries on white cake plate with white background

CRANBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BACKSTORY

When I was girl growing up, I remember my Mom always made a beautiful dessert for Christmas Dinner.  She loved to “fuss with the table” as she called it, bringing out all of her best china and silverware, Christmas napkins and sweet little ornaments.  We didn’t have Elf on the Shelf back then!  I still have some of her collectibles, I just can’t part with them.

Christmas is often bittersweet for many of us, and I’m no exception.  I remember the last Christmas holiday I got to spend with my Mom and Dad and I would give anything to get that time back.  But today I’m blessed to be able to celebrate the joy of the season with my stepfamily, my husband Mark’s amazing children, and now a beautiful grandchild.  I’m not as close with my step-children from my first marriage, and it makes me sad sometimes, but I understand that they have their own lives to live.

I’m sharing these things because I expect that everyone has their own memories or experiences that revolve around the ‘festive season’.  And I guess my message is that don’t beat yourself up if you can’t put a Hallmark Christmas together.  In my experience, and remember I’m a Grandma now, it’s the time spent together, more than the presents or perfect dinner tables.

Last month I made a recipe using cranberries – Cranberry Cherry Tarts with Almond Glaze and it was a hit!  So I realized that I wanted to make another recipe using cranberries!  I wanted a real showstopper recipe for my Christmas desserts feature.  This White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake would be perfect to take to our daughter’s for Christmas Eve.  Our son-in-law absolutely loves cheesecake.  I got the idea for this recipe from a copycat recipe for the Old Cheesecake Factory – the one that is white chocolate and raspberries?  So I thought, what about white chocolate and cranberries?

Now my Instant Pot Mint Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is just so good, easy to make and the creamiest ever!  I adapted that basic recipe, added in some deliciousness, like melted white chocolate, whole berry cranberry sauce, and sugared lots and lots of cranberries.

I didn’t want a regular graham cracker base, gingersnap or chocolate cookie crumbles.  Have you tried Golden Oreos?  Now that is just so much goodness packed into one little sandwich cookie.  The vanilla flavours blend perfectly with the white chocolate and cranberries in the cheesecake too.

Isn’t it beautiful?  Well, let me tell you, it tastes beautiful too.  I brought this one to work, for my last team meeting of the year, and everyone just loved it!  Not a scrap was left.

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TIPS TO MAKING A PERFECT WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE

  1. Sugar the cranberries the day before you are going to bake.  They take about two hours in total to set up, and will keep in the fridge for about a week.
  2. Follow the instructions carefully.
  3. Have all of your ingredients, especially the eggs and cream, at room temperature.
  4. The cooking time, and cooling times are just right.
  5. Garnish the cake with white chocolate ganache, sugared cranberries and white chocolate almond bark

 

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This 7″ springform pan is perfect to make your Instant Pot Cheesecake.  And it also includes extra sealing rings for the lid!  Sometimes these rings take on the odors of the recipe you just made, so it’s recommended to have rings for savoury foods and rings for sweet ones!  I think this is a really good deal too!

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We have lots of Instant Pot recipes, and many for cheesecakes and desserts!  Be sure to check out:

All of my Instant Pot Cheesecake recipes are based on those developed by This Old Gal.  Her pressure cooker New York Cheesecake is to die for!

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WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE WITH CRANBERRIES (INSTANT POT) RECIPE

Your first bite of this amazing white chocolate cheesecake won’t be your last, guaranteed! The delicate white chocolate, vanilla and cranberries, are a wonderful combination of sweetness, with just a bit of tart from the cranberry sauce!  The sugared cranberries are just so easy to make, and take this instant pot white chocolate cranberry cheesecake to the next level.

The white chocolate ganache is so easy for you to make and it looks beautiful dripping down the sides don’t you think?  You can add the white chocolate almond bark to the top for garnish that takes this White Chocolate Cheesecake to a whole new level. And you will have lots of sugared cranberries to give as gifts!  If you are feeding a crowd, may I suggest making two cheesecakes?  Your family will be oh so glad you did. 🙂

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White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Resting/Chilling
2 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

This White Chocolate Cheesecake is so creamy, and the sugared cranberries are divine!  Make it in your Instant Pot and you will never bake a cheesecake in a regular oven again.  

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: white chocolate cheesecake
Servings: 8
Calories: 751 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Crust
  • 3/4 cup Oreo Cookies Golden (vanilla), crushed
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
Filling
  • 3 pkgs Cream Cheese pkgs 8oz
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • 3/8 cup whipping cream 35% fat
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips melted, slightly cooled
  • 4 tbsp cranberry sauce whole berry
White Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup cream Heavy, 35% fat or more
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
Instructions
    Crust
    1. Crush the Vanilla Oreo Cookies in a food processor until crushed, add melted butter and sugar blend well
    2. Press into your 7" spring form pan, that has been well greased and lined with parchment paper on the bottom.
    3. Press up the sides just a bit
    4. Put in the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling.
    Filling
    1. Using your mixer, blend the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon zest until creamy.
    2. Add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, blending lightly.
    3. Add the cream, and blend this by hand, just until it disappears
    4. Pour half of the cream cheese filling onto the crust
    5. Drop 2 tbsp cranberry sauce over the top. Pull a stick or skewer lightly through the top to create a marbled effect.
    6. Pour the remainder of the cream cheese filling on top and do the same with the rest of cranberry sauce.
    7. Getting the Instant Pot Ready
    8. Pour one cup of water into the bottom of the pot
    9. Place the trivet in the bottom of the pot
    10. Put the cheesecake on top of the trivet inside the pot
    11. lay a piece of paper towel on top and lightly put a piece of aluminum foil on top of that
    12. Close the pot and make sure the vent is set to 'seal'
    13. Set the timer for Pressure cooking High for 40 minutes with a Natural Release of 15 minutes
    14. Remove the cheesecake from the pot and let it sit on the trivet for one hour, keeping it covered
    15. Refrigerate overnight before garnishing
    White Chocolate Ganache
    1. Put the chocolate chips in a small bowl

    2. Put the cream in a medium saucepan, and cook over medium heat until its foamy but not sticking to the pot

    3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips, wait about 20 seconds and then stir until the chocolate is glossy.  The ganache is ready to use when it reaches 35 degrees F.

    Garnish
    1. Spoon the Ganache around the edge of the cheesecake so that it drips down the sides.  Spread the ganache over the top of the cake and let it set. 

    2. Decorate with Sugar Frosted Cranberries
    3. Enjoy!
    Nutrition Facts
    White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 751 Calories from Fat 504
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 56g 86%
    Saturated Fat 31g 155%
    Cholesterol 230mg 77%
    Sodium 434mg 18%
    Potassium 271mg 8%
    Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
    Sugars 47g
    Protein 10g 20%
    Vitamin A 35.1%
    Vitamin C 0.8%
    Calcium 17.1%
    Iron 11.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp – Easy Recipe!

    Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp – Easy Recipe!

    This old fashioned apple crisp is so rich and full of sweetness it is truly a taste of home.  Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp is one of the easiest recipes I know of, that you can stop by the store on the way home, and present your family with this awesome apple crisp in a matter of minutes.  Just core and slice some apples (I often add pears too!) and toss them in a bowl with sugar, butter and some lovely cinnamon.  The topping is just as easy, more sugar, oatmeal, butter and cinnamon.  The secret to getting a crunchy apple crisp, one that’s bubbling with butter and apple juices is to make sure it bakes to the right temperature.  And I show you how in my Tips To Make An Awesome Apple Crisp just below!

    This post was originally published on September 4, 2016, updated on July 20, 2018 and November 26, 2018. 

    You will need: two varieties of apples, bosc pears (optional), brown sugar, white sugar, butter, cinnamon, oatmeal, flour, Grand Marnier Liqueur (optional) 

    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes

    MOM’S DELICIOUS APPLE CRISP BACKSTORY

    I like to prepare the apples just like I was getting ready to bake an apple pie.  My post about my Mom’s Apple Pie…. shows you what I mean.  When you mix the varieties of apples, and the spices, like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, the result is amazing!  And I always add a little lemon and lemon zest to bring out that sweet, juicy tartness.

    This apple crisp is one of those classic recipes that I often make up as I go along!  Sometimes I mix in oatmeal, sometimes just flour, and then again I’ll mix both.  I think the secret to a great apple crisp is the apples and how you prepare them and also the crunchy sweet topping that is full of butter, brown sugar and other earthly delights!

    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes

    My mother-in-law was a wonderful baker and this is her recipe.  I would often drop in at my in-laws for dinner after work and there was almost always a home baked dessert.  As soon as I walked in the door, I knew apple crisp was on that night’s menu!  The delicious smells of baked apple, brown sugar and spices created such a wonderfully warm and comforting atmosphere.  Home.

    A generous square of this sweet dessert, topped with a scoop of ice cream, well you just can’t beat it.  And with fall just around the corner, farmer’s markets, local food stands and grocers will be displaying fresh fall apples.

    I’ll be making a trip to the country to get those early fall apples, McIntosh, Braeburns, Granny Smiths, and Melbas to name a few.  They are so beautiful and smell so good when they are freshly picked.  My favorite apple is a McIntosh, and I often blend Granny Smiths with them for baking.

    mom's delicious apple crisp getting ready to baked with butter, apples, pears, and dry ingredients in a green bowl with a red napkin and bottle of grand marnier

    MOM’S DELICIOUS APPLE CRISP FAQ’s

    Recipe Rated: Easy. 

    How do you make good apple crisp from scratch?

    1. Peel all the apples and slice them thinly
    2. In a large bowl mix the apples, sugar, butter and spices
    3. Spread the apple mixture in the bottom of a  well greased 13 X 9 baking dish
    4. Spread the topping over the apples
    5. Top with pats of butter (I use lots of butter!)
    6. Bake, let cool and serve with a big ole scoop of ice cream!

    What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

    • The difference between an apple crisp and apple crumble is the topping.  Apple crisp has oats, sometimes nuts, and bakes with a crunchy top.  An apple crumble is usually sugar, flour and butter, so that it crumbles rather than crunches.  Ha Ha, I think that makes sense!?

    TIPS TO MAKE AN AWESOME APPLE CRISP

    1. Slice the apples thinly, thick pieces of fruit won’t bake as well
    2. Grease the baking dish well.
    3. Follow all of the instructions carefully.
    4. Make sure all of the apple slices (and pear) are well covered with sugar and spices!
    5. Place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the top of your apple crisp when you put it in the oven.  This allows the dish to steam and bake evenly. Remove during the last 15 minutes.

     

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    I love these baking dishes by Le Creuset.  They are so heavy and have different sizes! And of course in my favorite color, cherry red!

     

    IF YOU LIKED THIS APPLE CRISP RECIPE YOU MAY ALSO LIKE…

    From left to right… Apple Pie Lasagna, Easy Apple Desserts Roundup, and Homemade Butter Tarts!

     

     

    There are lots of versions of apple crisp recipes for you to try.  If you want a Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe, be sure to check out the Ambitious Kitchen!

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    We have amazing apple recipes here on You Can Live Rich On Less – these are some my favourites!

     

    MOM’S DELICIOUS APPLE CRISP

    So here you go.  The best apple crisp recipe.  An old fashioned baked apple dish that is sure to warm the hearts of everyone who tries it.  And it will fill your home with a delicious aroma of baked apples and cinnamon sweetness.  This easy Apple Crisp recipe evokes memories of childhood, cozy kitchens, and a time of plain simple food.  Create some of those memories for your family & friends. That’s my wish for you. xo

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    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes
    Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
    Prep Time
    25 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr
     

    An easy to make and bake apple dessert, full of crunchy goodness, brown sugar, butter, this fall & winter classic is always a crowd pleaser

    Course: Dessert
    Keyword: easy apple crisp recipe
    Calories: 3931 kcal
    Author: Judy
    Ingredients
    • 6 apples medium
    • 2 bosc pears
    • ½ c white sugar
    • ½ c brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp. flour
    • 1 tsp Cinnamon
    • ¼ c Butter
    • ½ fresh lemon squeezed
    • 1 tsp lemon zest
    • 1 tsp Grand Marnier Liqueur
    For the Topping
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup coarse oatmeal
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350F
    2. Grease a 9" square baking dish
    3. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples like you would for a pie
      mom's delicious apple crisp getting ready to baked with butter, apples, pears, and dry ingredients in a green bowl with a red napkin and bottle of grand marnier
    4. In a large mixing bowl, place the apples, sugars, flour, cinnamon and lemon
    5. Toss until the apples are well coated
    6. Place the apple mixture in the bottom of the baking dish spreading it evenly
    7. Cut the butter into small pieces about the size of a nickel and place them randomly over the top of the apple mixture
    8. Mix the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl and making sure the butter is spread and mixed well.
    9. The topping should clump together in your hand.
    10. Spread the topping thickly over the top of your apple mixture.
    11. Bake in the oven at 350F for 55 minutes or the best timing for your oven.
    12. Top with freshly whipped cream or ice cream and Enjoy!
      Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes
    Nutrition Facts
    Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 3931 Calories from Fat 1269
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 141g 217%
    Saturated Fat 88g 440%
    Cholesterol 366mg 122%
    Sodium 562mg 23%
    Potassium 2087mg 60%
    Total Carbohydrates 690g 230%
    Dietary Fiber 39g 156%
    Sugars 569g
    Protein 14g 28%
    Vitamin A 98.7%
    Vitamin C 82.6%
    Calcium 41.2%
    Iron 43.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes

     

    S’mores Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake!

    S’mores Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake!

    S’mores Chocolate Lava Cake from the Slow-Cooker is the perfect answer to any problem.  You know THOSE days?  When nothing goes right, and all you want is something sinfully sweet and delicious and the first thing you think about is CHOCOLATE!  And not just any chocolate.  We want molten chocolate, like you get in Chocolate Lava Cakes in a restaurant – like Denny’s or Chili’s.  Those cakes that put a smile on your face every time. And this delightful concoction is a S’mores Chocolate Lava Cake, and we all love the combination of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers!

    We love S’mores recipes! Our Magic Cookie Bar Pizza is a reader favorite!

    Chocolate doesn’t ask questions….chocolate understands.  Am I right?

    You will need these ingredients:  Chocolate Cake Mix, Chocolate Chips, Instant Chocolate Pudding, Mini Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, Chocolate Syrup & Vanilla Ice Cream! 

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    I love using my slow cooker – soups, stews, pulled pork, potatoes, chili, roast beef, chicken….. well I’m sure you do too.  Why?  Because it saves me TIME.  What’s the one thing that people say on a Monday morning when you ask “how was your weekend?”  Always, always – “it was too short!” So in addition to finding ways to make delicious pies and pastry – I’m searching for easy and quick recipes for you to make delicious desserts.

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    S’mores Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake all set for two!

    On long weekends I often make an amazing BBQ Pulled Pork.  So following on that success, I’ve been researching recipes and wondering what other wonderful things I could use my crock pot for?  I got my answer earlier this week from hubby Mark, who advised me that when he returned home to our RV last Monday the propane tanks were empty.  Apparently all of the baking I’ve been doing in our little oven in the RV takes a ton of gas!  Who knew?

    We’ve since fixed that problem with a bigger tank, but I know lots of folks who RV full time, and even those that don’t RV at all that love to use their slow cooker for making delicious desserts.  One of my favorite cookbooks is the Fix It and Forget It! and that’s where I found the basis for this recipe and modified it to make it easier!

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    S’mores Chocolate Lava Cake made in the crockpot for two! Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce make it a perfect sweet treat.

    Using a Crock Pot to make squares or bake a pudding or cake, it’s just not a connection I make when thinking about creating a dessert.

    But after making this amazing S’mores Chocolate Lava Cake, my crock pot has moved to the top of my list for baking delicious Sweet Treats.

    TIPS FOR A PERFECT CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE IN YOUR CROCK POT

    • Grease the slow cooker and line it with heavy aluminum foil, leaving an overlap around the edge – so that you have something to grip to pull it out of the slow cooker
    • Bake your Chocolate Lava Cake on low.
    • To prevent too much moisture from getting on top of the cake, put a layer of paper towel just under the lid
    • Follow all of the directions exactly
    • Leave the lid in place for the required time. No peeking!
    • Turn off the slow cooker and let the cake cool for a few minutes, before serving with your favorite toppings.  Don’t worry the chocolate inside will be hot!
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    Just five main ingredients – cake mix, instant pudding, graham crackers, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows will get you to the promised land of chocolate!

     

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    This is the exact Crock Pot that I use for all my recipes.  I’ve had it several years, and the darn thing just keeps on cooking!  Or in this case baking.  Don’t you love the colour?! 🙂  This is the perfect size, and you can order this Crock Pot brand 6 quart Slow Cooker with a digital timer, right here. What’s great about this slow cooker and that you can remove the ceramic liner and take it to your table, party or potluck!  And it’s an Amazon Choice with a ton of five star reviews!

    I think you will really like these recipes too!

    You may want to try a mini Chocolate Lava Cake without the S’mores Topping, so I found this wonderful recipe for you to look at!  Tessa at Handle the Heat is a wonderful food blog full of delicious treats!

    S’MORES CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE RECIPE

    This is the perfect antidote to anything life can throw at you!  At the same time, it is the yummiest chocolate cake recipe that will delight your family and friends every time.  Got a potluck to go to?  Just double the recipe and you’re good to go.  Need a quick and easy dessert for the Sunday afternoon Tobogganing Party? I promise you this S’mores Chocolate Lava Cake will be a huge success!  And you will of course be pleased as punch with yourself for being so creative and clever.

    If you like the recipe, please give it a 5 star rating.

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    Crock Pot S'mores Chocolate Lava Cake
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    crock pot on low
    2 hrs 30 mins
     
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: North American
    Keyword: s'mores chocolate lava cake
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 472 kcal
    Author: Judy
    Ingredients
    Ingredients:
    • 1 pkg chocolate cake mix 18.5 oz
    • 1 package instant chocolate pudding mix 3.9 oz
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup water
    • 3/4 cup oil
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 pkg mini marshmallows
    • 1 tbsp Kahlua
    • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
    • 2 cup unsweetened almond milk
    Instructions
    1. Mix Cake mix according to instructions, and pour into the greased insert of your slow cooker.

    2. Top with mini marshmallows - I use half of a package to cover the top of the cake batter.

    3. In a separate bowl, mix the instant pudding with 2 cups of cold milk.  We used Unsweetened Almond Milk.  Follow the package instructions.  

    4. Pour the pudding mixture over the mini marshmallows.  Then add the chocolate chips and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs over the top. 

    5. Cover and cook on Low 2.5 hours.  This time is exactly right, and I've had several failures!  

    6. Serve with Whipped Cream or your favorite Ice Cream!
    Nutrition Facts
    Crock Pot S'mores Chocolate Lava Cake
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 472 Calories from Fat 261
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 29g 45%
    Saturated Fat 9g 45%
    Cholesterol 75mg 25%
    Sodium 367mg 15%
    Potassium 178mg 5%
    Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 30g
    Protein 5g 10%
    Vitamin A 6.5%
    Vitamin C 0.4%
    Calcium 8.2%
    Iron 16%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Serve your S’mores Chocolate Lava Cake with homemade caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

    This cake is so rich and chocolaty, it won’t last long!

    Enjoy!

    *This post has been updated and was originally published in September 2015. 

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    Enjoy this sweet treat anytime when you are craving s’mores and lot and lots of chocolate!

     

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    s'mores chocolate lava cake with ice cream and chocolate sauce in white bowl

     

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    No-Bake Apple Pie Lasagna | You Will Love This Easy Recipe!

    No-Bake Apple Pie Lasagna | You Will Love This Easy Recipe!

    No Bake Apple Pie Lasagna

    Are you ready for the easiest dessert ever?! This amazing No Bake Apple Pie Lasagna Recipe is what you’ve been waiting for. So easy to make, this  Apple Pie Lasagna is full of apples, whipped cream, cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate toffee — it’s just Full of Flavor! This caramel apple lasagna recipe is just a little slice of Heaven that you can serve this weekend, at a potluck, football party or for Thanksgiving! If you follow my recipe and make this amazing no bake apple pie lasagna for dessert at your next holiday event, you will have lots of time to relax because you can make it in the morning and serve it later that day for dinner.  No fuss, no muss.  I promise and you’re welcome!

    We have other no bake desserts too!  Our Grasshopper Pie recipe is a delicious chocolate mint explosion in your mouth!  Seriously!

    Or if you’re looking for more delicious apple desserts that our super easy, Apple Crisp will fit the bill or check out our roundup of Easy Apple Desserts for Busy Moms!

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    NO BAKE APPLE PIE LASAGNA BACKSTORY

    Nothing says Fall Harvest like a delicious apple dessert.  Apple pies, Apple Crisp, Apple Pan Dowdy, Apple tarts, apple galettes, and apple cakes and muffins!

    We love all the apple desserts!

    The last time I brought a freshly baked apple pie to work, it disappeared in seconds.  Well it seemed like seconds.

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    And a colleague who sits beside me asked if I’d ever made an Apple Pie Lasagna?

    So that was the catalyst to research and find the best recipe I could for you!  And of course the easiest as well.

    I found this recipe in some old cookbooks I have at home, but you know it was all about making apple pie filling from scratch.

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    Now you know I love to bake from scratch, as often as I can.  But this recipe, this No Bake Apple Pie Lasagna, would just be perfect for almost anything!  Potlucks, BBQs, a family dinner.  A great dessert to take to your child’s bake sale!

    We’re going to have ours this weekend, when we visit The Famous Louisa.  It’s been almost a month and Mark and I missing some quality face time with our special munchkin.

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    I think that whoever invented Dessert Lasagna recipes should get a special award don’t you?  Like the Nobel Peace Prize or something equally prestigious, the Order of Canada maybe? 🙂

    There recipe details are written out below and you always hit the “Jump to Recipe” button at the beginning of this post!

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    This recipe is no bake, and when you see just how easy it is, you will run to the store to buy the ingredients.

    YOU WILL NEED….

    For the pie filling:

    •  Apple Pie Filling – 3 cans
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup

    For the cream cheese filling:

    • 8            oz Cream cheese, softened 2
    • 1            C Powdered sugar
    • 2            tbsp Brown sugar
    • 1            tsp Cinnamon
    • ½           C Heavy Cream
    • ½           tsp Pure vanilla extract
    • 2            tbsp Caramel Sauce
    • 8            oz Cool Whip

    For the lasagna:

    • 3           pkg Graham Crackers
    • 8            oz Cool Whip
    • 1            C crushed Heath Chocolate Bars (Skor in Canada)

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    TIPS FOR A PERFECT NO BAKE APPLE PIE LASAGNA

     

    • Beat cream cheese on medium-high speed with a wire whisk attachment until light and fluffy, and then turn off your mixer to add the dry ingredients: powdered sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon. Beat the dry ingredients into cream cheese, using your mixer on low.
    • Buy your Heath (Skor) Bars at the bulk food store.  It’s cheaper and then you can chop them up with a food processor – just until you get bite sized chunks.
    • Add heavy cream and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until whipping cream is fully mixed into cream cheese. Add caramel sauce last and mix into the batter batter.
    • Add cool whip and beat on medium speed until mixture is well combined. Divide into thirds.
    • Follow all of the directions carefully. 
    • Cover the bottom of your pan with graham crackers, in a double layer. You can break the crackers into pieces in order to get into the nooks and crannies.
    • Cover graham crackers with a layer of the cream cheese batter and spread evenly. Spoon apple pie filling over cream cheese. Add a small handful of toffee chips on top and cover with a thin layer of cool whip. Repeat this twice so that you end up with three layers. Cover the top layer of Cool Whip with additional toffee bites and drizzle with caramel.
    • Allow at least two hours in the fridge so that the graham crackers soften.
    • Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

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    YOU MAY NEED….

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    This 13 X 9 pan from Wilton is a real workhorse when it comes to cooking and baking.  I use it for cakes, squares and this delicious No Bake Apple Pie Lasagna, but it also could double for any chicken dish or main course lasagna you can throw at it.  What I really love about this 13 x 9 pan by Wilton is the plastic cover, and of course it has Wilton’s quality and is a no stick pan to boot.  And it’s an Amazon bestseller, so you know that lots of happy cooks are using this pan!  You can order one here.

     

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    You can never have too many No Bake Dessert recipes, so I’ve found another awesome ‘lasagna’ recipe from Spend With Pennies! I think their Peanut Butter Lasagna is the bomb, and should be made on a regular basis! LOL.

    NO BAKE APPLE PIE LASAGNA

    This luscious dessert takes apple pie to a whole new level.  When you close your eyes and take a mouthful, there is a creamy explosion of apple pie, chocolate toffee, whipped cream, caramel, and graham crackers all at once!  You will have enough to feed 24 hungry folks a very generous portion, using a 13 x 9 pan. And don’t worry if you have some leftovers.  🙂  Ahh leftovers mean some snacks later for you too!

    If you love this recipe as much as I and my family do, please give it a 5 star rating in the recipe card below.

    5 from 1 vote
    Apple Pie Cheesecake Lasagna
    Prep Time
    35 mins
    chill time
    2 hrs
     

    Nothing says Fall Harvest like a delicious Apple Pie Lasagna. We love all the apple desserts! Apple pies, Apple Crisp, Apple Pan Dowdy, Apple tarts, apple galettes, and apple cakes and muffins! So easy to make and it will disappear in seconds!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: North American
    Keyword: no bake apple pie lasagna
    Servings: 24
    Calories: 304 kcal
    Author: Judy
    Ingredients
    For the pie filling:
    • 3 cans Apple Pie Filling
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    For the cream cheese filling:
    • 8            oz Cream cheese softened
    • 1            C Powdered sugar
    • 2            tbsp Brown sugar
    • 1            tsp Cinnamon
    • ½           C Cream 35% MF
    • ½           tsp Pure vanilla extract
    • 2            tbsp Caramel Sauce
    • 8 oz Cool Whip 1 tub
    For the lasagna:
    • 2-3         pkg Graham Crackers
    • 8            oz Cool Whip 1 tub
    • 1            C Heath Candy Bar crushed, Heath Bars, Skor in Canada
    Instructions
    1. Beat cream cheese on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.

      Add the dry ingredients: powdered sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon. Mix into cream cheese, with mixer on low.

      Fold in heavy cream (35% MF) and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until whipping cream is fully mixed into cream cheese. 

      Add caramel sauce and mix into the batter.



    2. Buy your Heath (Skor) Bars at the bulk food store. It's cheaper and then you can chop them up with a food processor - just until you get bite sized chunks.
    3. Add cool whip and beat on medium speed until mixture is well combined. Divide into thirds.
    4. Cover the bottom of your pan with graham crackers, in a double layer. You can break the crackers into pieces in order to get into the nooks and crannies.
    5. Cover graham crackers with a layer of the cream cheese batter and spread evenly. Spoon apple pie filling over cream cheese. 
    6. Add a small handful of toffee chips on top and cover with a thin layer of cool whip. Repeat this twice so that you end up with three layers. Cover the top layer of Cool Whip with additional toffee bites and drizzle with caramel.
    7. Leave the lasagna in the refrigerator for about 2 hours before serving.   Store in an air tight container and keep refrigerated. Best served cold.

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    Nutrition Facts
    Apple Pie Cheesecake Lasagna
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 304 Calories from Fat 81
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 9g 14%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Cholesterol 20mg 7%
    Sodium 301mg 13%
    Potassium 123mg 4%
    Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 24g
    Protein 3g 6%
    Vitamin A 4.9%
    Vitamin C 1%
    Calcium 6.5%
    Iron 8.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Chocolate Raspberry Tart & Sugar Cookie Crust

    Chocolate Raspberry Tart & Sugar Cookie Crust

    Chocolate Raspberry Tart on a Sugar Cookie Crust!

     

    I love to bake.  I mean all of those yummy ingredients that come together in something decadent and delicious, well who wouldn’t?

    What I love more about baking is how it lets my creative side come out.  You know, that whole left brain/right brain thing?

    I’ve been carrying this recipe for a Chocolate Raspberry Tart around for ages.  I clipped it somewhere and it was an ad for Sealtest Dairy products here in Canada.  The recipe called for a regular pie crust as a base in the tart pan.  But you know me….don’tcha!

    I love using different pie crusts for classic recipes.

    My Vanilla Berry Tart is made on a sugar cookie crust.  I made it last winter when we had just heard we were having a new grandchild, and now it’s December and our Lulu is here!

    Making this delicious tart requires a little bit of planning, as you make it in two steps.  First the sugar cookie crust, and then the filling.

    An easy and elegant recipe, this Chocolate Raspberry Tart on a Sugar Cookie Crust is a showstopper and only you will know how easy it was to make!

     

    I also used a tart pan.  You can use a pie plate too – I just prefer the look of the tart and the ease of getting it out of the pan. However I made this delicious tart for Christmas Eve and I barely had it out of the pan before it was eaten all up!

     

    Now I’ve included a recipe for the sugar cookie crust and it’s really easy, I found it online at Baking Bites.    If you want something even easier – you can buy sugar cookie pie crust mixes.  Just add water and stir.  I used one for my Vanilla Berry Tart recipe and it was great – everyone loved it!

    Ingredients:

    1 prepared sugar cookie pie crust for a 9″ pie

    8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

    1 cup whipping cream

    1/2 cup sour cream

    3 egg yolks

    2 cups fresh raspberries

    Prep time 15 minutes

    Cooking time 30 minutes

    This Chocolate Raspberry Tart recipe is so easy, this will become your go-to when asked to bring an item to a pot-luck!

     

    Instructions for Sugar Cookie Pie Crust (Baking Bites)

    1/3 cup sugar
    1/2 cup butter, room temperature
    1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
    1/4 tsp salt
    2 tbsp milk (low fat is fine)
    1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

    Preheat oven to 375F.

    In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter until light. Beat in flour, salt, milk and vanilla, until mixture is moist and crumbly (it should clump together if you press it between your fingers).
    Pour dough into a 9 or 10-inch tart pan and press it up the sides, making sure the layer on the bottom is even.

    Bake for 15-20 minutes, until crust is set and firm at the edges. Be sure to check your oven at the 15 minute mark so that the crust doesn’t overcook. While your tart crust is cooling, carry on with the instructions below.

    An easy and elegant recipe, this Chocolate Raspberry Tart on a Sugar Cookie Crust is a showstopper and only you will know how easy it was to make!

    Chocolate Rasperry Tart Prep:

    Preheat oven to 350F

    Place sugar cookie pie crust in a 9″ tart pan with a removable bottom, Prick with fork

    Place a sheet of parchment paper on top and fill with dried beans or pie beads to keep the pie crust from shrinking or slipping down into the pan

    Bake for 15 minutes until golden

    Reduce temp to 300F

    Melt the chocolate and whipping cream in a double boiler or in a pot over low heat, stirring oven until smoothly blended.

    Stir in sour cream

    Transfer to a large bowl

    Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each egg yolk

    Fold in 1 cup of raspberries

    Pour into the baked tart shell

    Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until filling is set.

    Cool completely

    Remove tart from pan.  Scatter remaining raspberries on top.

    Garnish with fresh mint.

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