Camembert Candy Apple Tart: 5 Star Makeover

Apples were the theme for this month's Five Star Makeover. 

My first choice was a savory apple bread pudding with a spicy roasted peanut crust, but thanks to my awesome multi tasking skills, I burnt the batch and started from scratch with a new and improved recipe.

Tim had purchased some Camembert cheese, and came up with this sweet, rich and creamy tart. Just a hint of tartness to balance it out, these flavors paired brilliantly together. It's safe to say I am very pleased with the finished result. It turned out way better than that bread pudding ever could have.

Camembert is a semi-soft sheep's milk cheese. Feel free to experiment and exchange it for the slightly similar, ever popular brie cheese. Next time I'd love to purchase some figs and include them in the recipe somehow.

I hope you enjoy making these and consuming them as much as Tim and I did!

Camembert Candy Apple Tart 
Golden delicious apple puree
Caramelized apples
Camembert cheese mousse
Individual tart shells
Crushed peanuts for garnish

Apple puree:
2 golden delicious apples, peeled and diced
1/3 cup of water
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 teaspoon of anise extract

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pot with lid. On medium heat, cook until all the water is just absorbed, the apples should not have color. 
Place sauce pot ingredients in a blender and puree. Add a little water to get the puree going. 
Strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Caramelized apples:
2 apples, peeled and julienned
4 tablespoons of butter
3/4 cup of brown sugar

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter on medium high. Add apples, toss and saute lightly, lower heat to medium. Add brown sugar, stir softly (splashing hot sugar can cause burns). 
As soon as sugar is melted through, remove pan from heat. 

Camembert Cheese Mousse:
1/2 lb of Camembert cheese, rhine removed, sliced into cubes
1/4 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup of sour cream
2 tablespoons of corn syrup

Place all ingredients in a blender, puree until you achieve a cheesecake like consistency.

After preparing the dough, press into individual tart shells using a muffin tin.
Change baking time to 20 minutes.

When the tart shells are baked off and cooled, fill them with Camembert mousse, 2 layers of caramelized apples, sprinkle with crushed peanuts.
Pipe more mousse around the tart shell, use reserved caramel to drizzle on top.
Place a layer of apple puree on the serving plate, and the tart on top. 


  1. Camembert and apples sounds like an amazing combination, a terrific tart!

  2. It looks wonderful and I am sure tastes the same. A few of my apples exploded in my oven...LOL

  3. Looks/sounds delicious. I guess you had to burn the first batch to come up with this winner.

  4. Wow! What a delightful dessert! Awesome contribution to the makeover!
    Thanks for the camembert mousse recipe, I think I can use that in many ways...
    I paired the apples with figs :)

  5. Such a beautiful dessert, I love that you paired apples with cheese!

  6. This was an immediate bookmark for me as I love camembert and apples... I often snack on them both in the afternoon.
    I can't wait to try it... beautiful dish for the challenge!

  7. I adore Camembert and Amos happy you ued it instead of Brie! What's delicious sounding combination of flavors and textures.

  8. What a beautiful and dainty dessert!! Looks amazing. :)

  9. What a fabulous apple recipe! That Camembert mousse sounds way beyond good. I can just imagine the wonderful flavors of a bite of the sweet apples, the mousse and the crust. Delicious!

  10. First off, this tart looks freakin' amazing! Second, I loves the photos right hard like.

  11. Looks like it's something I'd enjoy. Camembert's on of my favs. :-)

  12. Glad you got it in. Figs would be a great addition.


  13. What a beautiful dish. I would go for one right now

  14. This is a very interesting creative apple dessert. Love it.

  15. oh my gosh! you had me at camembert! LOL. would you please link these up to my French blogs recipe link up? They look just amazing! ~~katie

  16. that looks really quite tasty indeed

  17. ooh, how lovely! i'm thinking that i'm glad you burnt your first batch, b/c this is fabulous :)


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